Community Center Renovation

City of Farmington Hills
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Project Size
146,000 SF
Completion Date
September 2021
Project Cost
Client Contact
Ellen Schnackel City of Farmington Hills

The City of Farmington Hills purchased Harrison High School in fall of 2018 with the intent of transforming the school into the new Farmington Hills Community Center. Over the course of two days, IDS led a series of engagement exercises with over 400 residents to determine the main goals for the project, maintain and upgrade desirable, existing sport and gym amenities, create new features missing from the community such as a recreation pool, and preserve the legacy of the now-retired high school.

The project required upgrades to existing building systems such as air conditioning, lighting, and technology to bring the facility up to the standards needed for daily public use. Outdoor sports facilities such as the stadium, track, softball field, practice field, and tennis / pickleball courts were also either preserved or upgraded, and asphalt lots replaced and expanded to increase parking capacity.

Additionally, the project repurposed former high school features to create the new facilities, such as converting the high school band room into a new community black box theater and creating a fitness center near the gymnasium, complete with group fitness rooms and a large dance studio.

To maintain the history of Harrison High School while ensuring the renovation created the community center’s new identity, the project design preserved logos on the turf fields and kept Herrington Plaza near the stadium. Additionally, a Harrison High School display was created in the gym / fitness center lobby to honor the building’s legacy.

Project Overview

IDS worked with the City of Farmington Hills and members of the community to design a community center that focused on three main goals:

  • First was the desire to maintain the existing amenities in the school that the community valued.
  • The second goal was to build in new amenities not currently available in the community.
  • Preservation of the history of Harrison High School was the third goal identified by the community.

Project Team

Project Manager
Design Support
Agnieszka Coletta, Assoc. AIA
Project Architect, Construction Administrator
Construction Administrator
Architectural Support
Danny Simoski
Architectural Support
Kyle Mouw
Interior Designer
Tracey Treiber Johnston, IIDA, LEED® AP
Mechanical Support
Dirk Greene
Electrical Designer
Electrical Support
Shannon Maciejewski
Civil Consultant
Spalding DeDecker
Structural Consultant
Desai/Nasr Consulting Engineers
Acoustical Consultant
Kolano and Saha Engineers
Aquatic Consultant
Construction Manager
The Colasanti Group
Chris Lark