Oakland Schools Office and Conference Center

Corporate

Oakland Schools Office and Conference Center

The staff of Oakland Schools administration department was in need of additional space to fit the growing needs of their busy district. The anticipation of construction completion was a fair trade for the improvements they are now enjoying. Their new office building is efficient and striking with its curvilinear glass walls, a unique shape responding to the fluid and agile surrounding site wetlands.

Berkley High School

Education

Berkley High School

This $1.45 million project, with 11,600 sq ft of additional or renovated space, includes a school store, expanded cafeteria seating and new offices. In addition to a complete exterior window replacement and extensive interior renovations, the new 7,000 square foot Collaborative Center is the focal point of the high school.

Stoney Creek High School

Education

Stoney Creek High School

Rochester’s newest high school is a 320,000 sf, three-story building designed for 1500 students. Constrained by the limitations of the site, the design incorporates three educational wings: Physical Education, Fine Arts, and Academic Studies.

Lenox Township Hall

Government

Lenox Township Hall

Lenox Township Hall is Michigan’s first LEED Certified township hall. The Public areas feature large windows carefully screened to reduce solar gain yet provide fabulous views of the rain garden. Each private office has an exterior window for natural light. Additional light floods the 4,000 sq. ft. Community Room via windows tucked under the triangular roof overhang and vertical windows in the exterior wall.

Kettering High School

Education

Kettering High School

Kettering High School was master planned as a part of a series of bond issues in Waterford School District. One of the first phases of that plan called for the construction of a new competition gymnasium and main entrance addition. The most recent phase was the addition of a new natatorium complex. The gymnasium addition features a walking corridor that fully surrounds the gymnasium. This space is utilized by the public as well.

Northville Municipal Building

Government

Northville Municipal Building

The building design incorporates elements traditionally found on bridges, symbolic of the main building function; connecting the community.

Visitors are greeted in a two story lobby, with service counters located on either side. The lobby can be closed off by security gates during after-hour functions. All staff and non-public office spaces are located in the lower level…read more

Senior Activity Center

Government

Senior Activity Center

The emphasis of this hallmark of senior activity centers was health and wellness for senior adults. Situated on a hilltop overlooking downtown Rochester, this traditional brick structure flows across the site, blending with the contours of the natural setting. Wood slat ceilings, metal roofing, stone accents and masonry in Earth tones give this facility a stately, sophisticated appearance…read more

Parker High School

Education

Parker High School

Parker High School offers a flex scheduling option to its students. The architecture, allowing the facility to be in use from 7:00 am until 10:00 pm, was specifically designed to work with that system. It includes partnership spaces for use by the local community college, business partners and training programs. The design features two separate structures, an academic building and a fieldhouse unified by a circulation spine or “knowledge mall”…read more

Northville Fire Department

Government

Northville Fire Department

French Associates was contracted by the government and public safety officials of the Charter Township of Northville to design a new fire station, police headquarters and township hall. Originally, the township offices were combined with the police and fire departments in a dated, cramped facility…read more

Eagle Creek Academy

Education

Eagle Creek Academy

Set within a 20-acre picturesque site on the edge of a wetland preserve, Eagle Creek Academy’s facility emphasizes the surrounding natural features. Natural light and geothermal heating cooling systems make this 250-student K-8 school an extension of it’s environment. Each classroom has a view of the wetland, access to an outdoor deck that runs along the back of the building, a storage zone, kitchenette, student workstations, document cameras and large plasma monitors…read more

Early Childhood Center & Admin Offices

Education

Early Childhood Center & Admin Offices

In order to merge the Administrative Staff Services and Board of Education facilities from multiple sites, we expanded the existing 9,100 sq ft administrative office building. Additions include more offices, conference rooms and a Board of Education meeting room, which doubles as a space for large gatherings, school activities and community meetings. There was also a need for a new Early Childhood Center to house the Kindergarten Kids Connection, Funshine Preschool, extended preschool care and preschool enrichment programs…read more

Grosse Ile High School

Education

Grosse Ile High School

In 2007, Grosse Ile Township Schools began construction at Grosse Ile High School. The original building, constructed in the 1950’s, had inadequate space for the cafeteria and media center. Designed with curved exterior walls featuring large spans of glass, the new cafeteria and media center are filled with natural light, a sharp contrast to the old, dimly lit interior. The new exterior’s undulating curves mimic the shorelines of Grosse Ile…read more

Grand Blanc Police Headquarters

Government

Grand Blanc Police Headquarters

The new Grand Blanc Township Police Headquarters building is the first construction project on a planned municipal campus. The traditional design of the Police Headquarters includes a brick-and-stone faÁade and is reminiscent of days past, yet it houses some of the most advanced computer, security and surveillance technology available. The main level features a multi-purpose Public Meeting Room, dispatch office, five individual holding cells, a group holding cell and detoxification cells…read more

Dakota HS Stadium

Education

Dakota HS Stadium

Dakota High School, named one of the nation’s top high schools in 200 received a $3.2 million football/soccer stadium with grandstands, a press box and a practice field. The synthetic turf field and running track are surrounding by 3,500 seats. Stadium events are supported by a 7,500 square foot structure located under the grandstands. There are team locker rooms, a concession stand, ticket booth, restrooms and storage areas.

Gibraltar High School

Education

Gibraltar High School

This new athletic complex added a fresh dimension to the District’s physical education curriculum. The facility includes a fitness weight room, new locker rooms, wet classroom, and other support spaces conveniently located off the new physical education corridor. The pool, gymnasium and weight room are accessible from the new corridor stemming out of the main core of the building. The existing pool will be in-filled and converted into an auxiliary gymnasium, also accessible from the Physical Education corridor.

Allen Park High School

Education

Allen Park High School

As part of a near $75 million bond, French Associates was chosen to upgrade the district’s six schools, which include three elementary schools, one middle school, an alternative community school, and the high school. The high school’s aging infrastructure received improvements to bring it in line with current building and energy standards. The most notable piece of this project is the Center for the Arts, boasting a seating capacity of 650, a 32-line professional rigging system, mobile orchestra shell, 120 stage lighting fixtures and a backstage area with live-feed capability…read more

52 – 3rd District Court

Government

52 – 3rd District Court

This court facility is situated on a 9.2-acre parcel and houses two separate county functions; The courthouse and Sheriff’s substation. It is designed to allow a future property division between those two functions. It is a distinctive two-story classic brick-andstone structure reminiscent of historic judicial architecture. The major difference is, of course, the addition of state-of-the-art technology and security systems.

The 52-3 District Court houses four Court Rooms with additional areas for Administrative Support, Clerk, Detention, and Probation functions. The Sheriff’s Substation is connected through a secure corridor for easy transfer of detainees…read more

47th District Court

Government

47th District Court

When the 47th District Court, serving Farmington and Farmington Hills, outgrew their existing facility, they chose the architectural team of French Associates Inc., in association with Washington D.C. based Spillis/Candela DMJM, to design their new facility.

Located on the existing Farmington Hills Municipal Campus, the 40,000 square foot, two story building houses three court rooms, a Magistrate’ s hearing room, court administration, probation and related spaces. The Courthouse shares the campus with the Farmington Municipal Building and Fire Station. It has a vehicle ramp which allows access to the lower level sally port adjoining the Police Station. The project also included the redesign of the auto circulation and parking areas for the entire campus…read more

41-B District Courthouse

Government

41-B District Courthouse

The 41-B District Court was formerly housed in two separate facilities. The three communities in the court’s jurisdiction consolidated operations into one facility. The classically inspired exterior of the new building pulls materials from the nearby Fire Station and will create a common language for municipal facilities in the area.

The two story, 46,000 square foot facility includes a ground-level sally port, basementlevel holding cells, three courtrooms, a magistrate hearing room, probation department, court administration and ancillary support spaces. Separation of the public, private and prisoner circulation systems is integral to the physical plan. This is merely one component of the security and technology systems…read more

16th District Court

Government

16th District Court

The 16th District Court, located in the Civic Center complex of the City of Livonia, will complement the existing municipal buildings while improving the functionality of the court for all users. The court will have two full courtrooms, one magistrate hearing room, court clerk support space and an active probation department. Courtroom technology will be state of the art, improving security and efficiency of court operations…read more

Harbor Beach Schools

Education

Harbor Beach Schools

Harbor Beach voters approved a $12.04 million bond issue, making the proposed conversion of the existing high school/middle school into a PreK-12 facility a reality. The addition of 60,000 square feet and renovation of an additional 87,000 square feet of adequate space brought the building’s new available space to a functional size, capable of housing the overall population increase.

Rolland-Warner Middle School

Education

Rolland-Warner Middle School

The conversion and relocation of Woodside High School resulted in the newly named Rolland-Warner Middle School. Simultaneously, renovations were taking place at Cramton High School, the new site for students that once attended Woodside High School.

Marysville High School

Education

Marysville High School

The centerpiece of Marysville Public Schools’ $74 million bond proposal is this new high school, set on the existing high school/middle school campus. French Associates worked closely with the district to develop a program and phasing schedule to incorporate the new high school onto their existing site. The construction plan allowed the high school to remain in service until completion of the new facility. Simultaneous remodeling and additions also occurred at the middle school, located on the same site.

Shelby Police Department

Government

Shelby Police Department

The Shelby Police Station is a simple and efficiently designed building in order to fit the tight budget the township had available. The original program called for approximately 25,000 which was to be created by adding onto the first floor of the existing township hall building where the police department was originally located. We suggested that rather than being bound by several limitations of the existing building, they consider building a new building and locating the most critical program needs in the new building.

Shelby Macomb Medical Mall

Healthcare

Shelby Macomb Medical Mall

Shelby Macomb Medical Mall is a 4-story medical office building owned by the medical practices that are also building tenants. Along with the design of the core and shell, French Associates also provided interior design services to each tenant through a showcase in which tenants chose from a series of options. Medical practices include internal medicine, associated orthopedics, cardiology, pulmonary critical care, podiatry, dentistry, physiatry and oncology…read more