Grand Rapids Public Schools – Burton Elementary and Middle School
ClientGrand Rapids Public Schools
LocationGrand Rapids, MI
Scale174,000 square feet
Progressive AE designed the renovation of the entire 188,000-square-foot 1920’s historic school K-8 building for Burton School in Grand Rapids, MI. This project is LEED-certified.
The exterior renovation included opening windows that had been covered over. All replaced windows were specified with new, more efficient windows that still respected the original design. The existing front entrance used several individual doors. The new entry features a front “porch” with one main entrance that all students use and looks like it could have been part of the original building.
The addition does not attempt to recreate the original design; instead it stands as a symbol of moving toward the future. However, the scale and color complement the existing structure in its context.