Since its founding in 2014, Great Lakes Academy Charter School (GLA) has been a beacon for the community it serves. Now, with its ambitious expansion, GLA’s mission is reaching farther than ever, finally with enough space for their entire community to thrive.
The project creates a welcoming new entry and identity for the school while celebrating the architectural and cultural legacies of the site. Set back from the street, a new one-story contemporary glass link connects the existing 1911 three-story academic building to a former Catholic Church, which is carefully rehabilitated to serve a bright new future as the enrichment center of the school.
Students and visitors now enter through a welcoming landscaped courtyard, into an intimate space carefully inserted between the existing structures—designed to connect, both people and the separate building types, with a timeless aesthetic meant to last for generations. High-performance floor-to-ceiling glass, thermally broken curtainwall framing systems, and internally-lit skylights fill the space with natural light.
General Contractor: Bulley & Andrews
Structural Engineer: Enspect Engineering
MEP/FP Engineer: IBC Engineering
Civil Engineer: Terra Engineering
Landscape Architect: Kettelkamp & Kettelkamp Landscape Architecture
Acoustical Consultant: Shiner Acoustics
Photography: Kendall McCaugherty, Hall + Merrick Photographers