Brighton Area Schools

Brighton Area Schools

Multiple Projects

Building STEAM Centers for the Next Generation of Learners

Project Overview

Wolverine’s team in Brighton has wrapped a series of renovations within five Brighton Area Schools.  This was a collaborative effort with Clark Construction, supported by WBG superintendents.

These projects converted media centers within five schools to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, industrial Arts, Math) space that houses “dirty labs” with CNC and millwork equipment as well as “clean labs” with 3-D printers.  Brighton Area Schools compete in robotics at an international level, and these projects created space for them to enhance their STEAM offerings.  The last of the STEAM labs included health care classroom combination with occupational training areas. One of the more unique features of the STEAM centers is a kinetic floor that captures energy when students walk on it. The floor is attached to a screen in the classroom, with lights demonstrating the amount of energy generated, so students can see the sustainable future of kinetic energy.

In addition to expected supply chain delays, our team contended with the unique utility and ventilation needs of these spaces.  Our superintendents routed the utilities late to ensure that they were adequate for the machinery and lab layouts.  The team also did extensive feasibility analysis and field measuring in order for the completed labs to work within the existing buildings.

In consideration of the full scope of the project, our team coordinated summits with teachers and architects to ensure accurate project timing and application of end use.

As students return this month, new parking lots, entrances, and exterior lighting were executed to increase safety and efficiency of high school traffic. Finally, flooring was replaced with high-traffic modular units in the building for long-term cost savings and level up design.