Design looks ‘like a campus,’ principal says

A mock-up of the planned cafeteria upgrades at Wyoming High School

The design for a major high school expansion– including a 30-classroom addition – are taking shape.

“It just looks cool,” said Principal Nate Robrahn, who has been involved in the design process. “It will look like a campus.”

Construction will start in the spring on work that will eventually consist of $40 million in improvements at the high school, 1350 Prairie Parkway SW. The project is funded by the $79 million bond passed by voters last November, which is generating about $23.5 million for a first phase in 2018 and the remaining $56 million for a second phase in 2022.

The addition should be ready for students in 2021, with completion in 2022. Ninth-graders could join 10th through 12th graders at the high school in 2023. Currently, ninth-grade is at Wyoming Junior High.

Robrahn said he looks forward to offering his students wide-open spaces, with room for project-based and group learning.

See more designs of the planned expansion

Other highlights:

  • A large cafeteria with high ceilings to offer an open, coffee-shop feel
  • A Learning Stair to serve as a unique stairwell and place for formal and informal gathering
  • Classrooms will have removable walls to allow for team teaching and shared lessons
  • Wider hallways
  • Breakout areas for small group work and project-based learning
  • Added parking, ease and flow on exterior of the building
  • New softball field on the corner of Prairie Parkway and Burlingame Avenue
  • Media center relocation
  • Science lab renovation
  • Athletic upgrades to include space for wrestling and cheer practice, a new stadium entry plaza, new track and football field surfaces, press box updates, concession area upgrades
  • Interior and exterior lighting upgrades
  • Parking expansion on the west side of the building
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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2013. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.


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