Since 2013, the Schmidt Associates K-12 Studio team has worked with employees from the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township (MSDLT) and community members to enhance schools, beginning with renovating the Lawrence North High School cafeteria. Today, Schmidt is tackling one of its largest undertakings to date with identical improvements being made to Lawrence Central and Lawrence North High Schools – all in the name of equity, equality, physical, and mental well-being.
- Educational environments designed for the Class of 2030 and beyond using advanced technology, flexibility purposeful spaces, and comfort and efficiencies throughout.
- A final project that models extraordinary educational programs, pride, and excellence.
A variety of workspaces and adaptable technology offerings that will allow students to take charge of their learning without outside interference.
Incorporating nature and natural daylight, which has been linked to increase comprehension and test scores and reduce stress and headaches. To achieve this, our team designed large windows throughout both schools that let the natural light shine in while providing a glimpse of nature.
A place where everyone belongs and has equal access. The new three-story high schools will have matching community rooms, quiet spaces for studying, teacher and student collaboration areas, enhanced guidance support on each floor, science and innovation labs, art studios that can dually-serve as maker spaces, vertical student commons, cafeterias that open up to the media centers, stadiums, performing arts, and multi-purpose spaces, and 50-meter pools.
Additionally, gender-neutral and staff restrooms with changing areas will be included. External branding complete with school letters to further reflect school spirit and a sense of pride.
Additionally, matching, secure front entrances and clear, separated student, parent, bus and visitor traffic circulation, and parking will benefit all who will utilize these buildings while creating places where everyone is welcome, treated equally, and set up for success from day one. Schmidt calls this making the grade, and it’s currently under construction in Lawrence Township.