Grosse Pointe South High School
Grosse Pointe South High School2009
With an exterior reminiscent of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, Grosse Pointe South High School, built in 1928, has long been a symbol and cultural anchor of this lakefront community. Constructing a large athletic building immediately adjacent to the stately neo-Georgian main building presented a daunting challenge.
The addition includes a 12-lane pool with diving well, a full-size gymnasium, a large multipurpose room and a spectator balcony with seating for 400 people. A 6,000-square-foot fitness center, an equipment storage room and athletic offices complete the program.
Extensive and sensitive use of matching brick and limestone panels and accents creates an architectural dialog across three generations of building design. Important design cues from the adjacent 1928 building were adapted to today’s technology and efficient construction techniques. Inside, a striking and attractive color palette — used in the ceramic-tiled pool tank, pool deck and locker room floors and walls — adds a warm, inviting ambiance to the high energy level of an active competition-pool environment.
The entire site was extremely constrained, but the resulting structure fits comfortably into the campus setting.
Project DetailsArchitect: Ehresman Associates Inc.; Troy, Mich.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Counsilman-Hunsaker; St. Louis, Mo.
Construction Cost: $10.9 million
Square Feet: 60,685
Occupancy: September 2008
Chemical Control Systems: Stenner & Co. (G.H.)
Cleaners/Vacuums: Aqua Products Inc.
Diving Boards: Dur-A-Flex
Elliptical Equipment: Octane Fitness
Filters: Astral Products Inc.
Floor Finishes: Hillyard Inc.
Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Flooring, Fitness Center: Magnum Fitness Systems
Free Weight Equipment: Magnum Fitness Systems
Handicapped Equipment: Recreonics Inc.
Heaters: A.O. Smith
Ladders/Grab Bars: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair
Ladders/Grab Bars: Northern Stainless & Rail Products
Lane Markers: Competitor Swim Products
Lighting: Cooper Lighting
Lighting: Insight Lighting
Lockers: Republic Storage Systems Co.
Rowers: Concept2 CTS Inc.
Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products
Starting Blocks: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair
Stationary Bikes: Vision Fitness Inc.
Strength Equipment: Magnum Fitness Systems
Strength Equipment: Matrix Fitness Systems
Strength Equipment: Troy Barbell & Fitness
Strength Equipment: UMAX Strength
Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.
Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.
Treadmills: Vision Fitness Inc.