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The Potter’s House

Challenged with a growing student population and outdated facilities, the Potter’s House set out to improve the learning and teaching environment for both students and faculty. The need for improved student amenities, including athletics and student social life were underserved with limited potential for new accommodations within the existing high school. Integrated Architecture led the process of the thoughtful reconsideration of using existing space creatively. The Design Team achieved this through the repurposing and transformation of previously underused space into a series of modern educational environments. Integrated Architecture led in-depth discovery sessions with both faculty, students, and parents that resulted in a thorough understanding of the “existing state” of the building. The discovery process allowed an intentional and organized response toward the improvements and expansions to enable The Potter’s House to continue their mission forward. After moving into their new space, students and faculty saw many improvements to their learning environments – better lighting, modern finishes, enhanced HVAC systems and acoustics, new classroom furniture, and updated technology. The project improved student amenities through the repurposing of an existing gymnasium into a multi-purpose space, new student commons, and new gymnasium addition. Non-classroom areas throughout the building offer students collaboration and socialization spaces with improved circulation during those “in-between” times of the day.

Grand Rapids, Michigan