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Artist rendering of the front entrance of the new $46.5 million, 221,000-square-foot high school is being constructed at the site of the former Finney High School located at the Intersection of Guilford and Warren on Detroit's eastside.


New Finney Crockett High School nearing completion

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - DPS gave the media a sneak peek at the new Finny High School under construction on the city's eastside, preparing parents of the upcoming school changes for next year.

The new $46.5 million, 221,000-square-foot high school is being constructed at the site of the former Finney High School.

The school will accommodate up to 1,200 students and will include eight science laboratories, a high-tech media center, a performing arts section, and an athletic complex with a community health clinic.

The stadium will have a multi-seasonal, synthetic field for track, football, soccer and other athletic programs.

Exuberant and all smiles, stakeholders (L-R) DPS Superintendent of Academics Karen Ridgeway, Senior Associate for Albert Kahn Building, Tooles Clark Project Manager Elaine Hampstead and Walbridge Joint ventures Project Manager Andrew Hetletvedt show off the progress in construction of the all new Fenny-Crockett High School. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

Over the weekend, DPS showcased four new schools totaling $150 million of voter-approved investment that will provide nearly 4,500 students brand new learning facilities replacing older ones.

Combined with this year's new school openings... close to 20 percent of all DPS students will have a building that's brand new by this time next year.

Detroit Public Schools Superintendent of Academics Karen Ridgeway was on hand to lead the hard hat tour Saturday... at the site of the new Finney High.

These are two of the last four under construction as part of the $500.5 million DPS Capital Improvement Program. The new facilities will include two comprehensive high schools and two new neighborhood PK-8 schools.

Finney Crockett High School:
• 221,000 sf New High School
• 4 Academic Wings
• Science Labs and Media Center
• Athletics Wing
• Gym and Pool w/ balcony seating
• Performing Arts Wing
• Auditorium, Band and Choir Room
• Outside Facilities
• Football/Track and Baseball Fields
• Student Capacity of approximately 1,200

Project Milestone Schedule:
• Winter 2010 to Spring 2011 – Demolition of existing Finney High School
• Spring 2011 to Fall 2012 – Construction of new High School and Site Work (Athletic Fields, Parking Lots, etc.)
• School Opens – September 2012

The building are grounds are designed to meet certification requirements of the LEED for Schools, version 3.0 green building rating system with enough points anticipated to earn Gold certification.
Site utilization
• The campus open space has been preserved for school and community use and restored with native and adaptive low maintenance plant species that are tolerant of the weather patterns of the area.
• The quantity of stormwater runoff will be decreased from previous development levels by 25% by limiting paved areas and increased vegetated areas coupled with underground storage capacity.
• The ‘heat island effect’ is reduced on the school campus by limiting paved areas to not exceed ordinance requirements (parking lots), increasing vegetated areas, and using a cool roof (white colored) membrane on flat roofs and reflected coated roof material on sloped roofs.
• The campus site lighting is designed to offer adequate visibility and security without contributing to night sky ‘light pollution’, which can be a nuisance to surrounding residences and disruptive to the nocturnal activities of naturally occurring and desirable wildlife on the site.
Water efficiency
• The plant species specified for the campus open space and athletic fields are drought tolerant and do not require an automatic irrigation system.
• The total water use on site will be reduced by 35% based on the specified low flow plumbing fixtures, which include faucets, toilets, urinals and showers.

Energy efficiency
• The building will be commissioned
• The building envelop (with increased insulation), fenestration (with high performance glazing), and efficient building systems will require 25% less energy to operate than building designed to the current adopted energy standard (ASHRAE 90.1 2007). Efficient building systems include water source heat pumps, a heat recovery or enthalpy system, demand control ventilation system, high efficiency boiler with low NOx, variable frequency motors, and efficient lighting.
• The refrigerants specified for the cooling system will not contribute to ozone depletion or the global warming potential.

Materials and resources
• At least 75% of all construction waste will be diverted from the landfill during the construction process.
• At least 20% of all specified building materials installed on the building will be from recycled sources.
• At least 20% of all specified building materials will be extracted, manufactured and/or assembled within 500 miles of the site.
• At least half of all wood products used on the building will be from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) labeled sources.

Indoor Environment
• Carbon dioxide sensors will be incorporated within the building to assure adequate quantities of fresh outside air are introduced into the buildings circulated air.
• An indoor air quality management plan, based on SMACNA guidelines, is in effect throughout the construction period to prevent encapsulation of potential pollutant sources. A full building flush-out procedure will be implemented prior to occupancy to remove any lingering air impurities.
• Low emitting materials (no VOC’s) are specified for the building interior, which include adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, flooring systems (including linoleum, terrazzo, and carpeting), furniture and furnishings, and ceiling and wall systems.
• Pollutants will be kept out of the building with walk off mats located at every entrance and exhaust ventilation in janitor closets and science laboratory areas. MERV 13 rated filtration media is installed in the HVAC system to capture air born pollutants.
• To improve occupant comfort, all teaching spaces are equipped with lighting that is dual switched for different light levels and the interior spaces are designed for optimal thermal comfort based on current adopted design standards (ASHRAE 52.1 2007).
• Acoustical considerations have been employed to improve the clarity of audible instruction by reducing competing background noise levels through wall and ceiling material selections that absorb or block unwanted sound, and appropriate placement of sound generating equipment away from instructional areas.