Monday, April 13, 2020

Education Snapshots: Harper Woods College and Career Institute

The Harper Woods College and Career Institute was profiled on Education Snapshots. Ghafari provided architecture, interior design, and engineering services for the 29,000 SF facility, which supports the school district’s efforts to close the achievement gap and continue to grow quality programs, good teachers, and a safe and clean environment.

Given the district’s aim to foster interaction amongst students and faculty, openness and flexibility were key factors in our design of the space. In today’s business environment, open collaborative spaces are the norm; what you work on affects those working with and around you. The district wanted to reinforce this culture in their space.

We achieved openness and flexibility in our design by the use of moveable partitions in conjunction with a fixed hard wall that separates each of the program spaces. This allows instructors to shape their teaching spaces to meet the specific needs of their students.

Programs offered within the facility include auto trades, computer systems networking, culinary arts, cybersecurity, graphic design, and a sound studio for radio, television, and film. In the future, two more programs will be implemented to include sports medicine therapy and skilled trades.

Check out the full Education Snapshots post here.