Since 2018, Hudsonville Public Schools has added around 125 students per year in the district, and needs educational facilities to accommodate their current and future growth. As part of the district’s long-term master plan, the community approved a 2019 bond proposal to build new school facilities, including a new school for fifth and sixth graders, as well as renovate and add onto existing buildings, to address the district’s population needs. The high school is undergoing a complete transformation to create additional classrooms, expand athletics and arts facilities, and connect the buildings with multifunctional spaces.
A monumental new secure entrance joins the freshman campus and high school buildings into one connected campus with a single point of entry. A centralized administration suite and counseling offices will live adjacent to the connector and across from a new academic commons area, and dedicated bus and vehicle drop off loops improve traffic flow for the entire site. An enclosed bridge connects the campuses and creates eight new classrooms in that area. The school’s current office will be transformed into a new home for the robotics program, and an expanded café with streamlined serving, a new kitchen, and additional seating in an open space create flexible options for students. A choir addition brings 5,400 square feet of rehearsal space to the fine arts wing, and includes sound-proof practice rooms, a large multipurpose ensemble room, storage space for the choir and theater, and a new hallway connecting the fine arts building to the main commons.
The smaller of the school’s two gyms will be renovated to accommodate the wrestling and competitive cheer programs. With a total of 104,000 square feet, the new Hudsonville Fieldhouse will serve as the new athletics and training hub for the high school. Located south of the existing high school building, the fieldhouse will house locker rooms, a running track, fitness and strength areas, multipurpose spaces, and a state-of-the-art performance space for athletics events, including spectator seating for roughly 3,700 people. The unique top-loading design of the fieldhouse delivers a 360-view of the court floor and connects spaces on the upper level, making the facility ideal for hosting competitions, expositions, and community events.