Macomb Lutheran North unveiled its new atrium, classes and cafeteria the week of Aug. 19. The cafeteria space was renovated and extended into the new atrium for a modern, open environment.

Macomb Lutheran North unveiled its new atrium, classes and cafeteria the week of Aug. 19. The cafeteria space was renovated and extended into the new atrium for a modern, open environment.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Lutheran North completes expansion

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published August 30, 2019

 A recently completed expansion project at Lutheran North includes 22,500 additional square feet, 4,150 renovated square feet and 10 new classrooms, five on each level of the two-story building.

A recently completed expansion project at Lutheran North includes 22,500 additional square feet, 4,150 renovated square feet and 10 new classrooms, five on each level of the two-story building.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

 Lutheran North students cross the multi-functional new space on their way to class Aug. 27. Construction wrapped up last month on the $6 million project.

Lutheran North students cross the multi-functional new space on their way to class Aug. 27. Construction wrapped up last month on the $6 million project.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The most expansive building project in Lutheran High School Association, or LHSA, history is complete.

Macomb Lutheran North, located at 16825 24 Mile Road in Macomb Township, unveiled its new atrium, classrooms and more the week of Aug. 19. North’s first day of school was Aug. 26.

The completion of the expansion project comes after almost 15 months of construction.    

North Principal John Reincke said it’s a relief the project is complete.

The project includes 22,500 additional square feet, 4,150 renovated square feet and 10 new classrooms, five on each level of the two-story building. The main floor includes a large atrium area, which allows students to connect, recharge, collaborate, and socialize in a university-style setting.

Reincke said a design introduced by the architect was a multi-functional space that seats 30 in the atrium where students can sit before or after school. That space is in addition to lounge-style furniture.

In June 2018, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to kick off the $6 million expansion project, called “Beyond the Build.” Around $500,000 was spent on furnishings.

“With the expansion, we’re more organized now with departments next to one another,” Reincke said. “For their own collegiality, it’s good to have it like that so they can bounce ideas off each other and have conversations about curriculum.”

North’s English department occupies the upper level, with the social studies and foreign language departments on the lower level.

North English department chair John Brandt’s first impression of the expansion was the area was much larger than he thought it would be.

When asked what it means that North and LHSA are willing to invest in expansion, Brandt said, “We not only look at where we are currently, but where we want to go. As we move forward, we want to make sure we meet our students’ needs. The association went to great lengths to be able to invest in a community that is going to be around for a while.”

He added that the investment is important so students can get a strong education, based in faith and Christ.    

“For close to 50 years, LHN has been a place where high school students not only receive an excellent education, but are also prepared to make a Christian difference in what has become a ‘not-so-Christian’ world,” LHSA Superintendent Paul Looker said. “We must continue to offer great programs and facilities that allow us to strengthen a student’s faith, but also prepare them for the world around us, so that students can be used for God’s purpose: sharing the Gospel.”

In the cafeteria, gone are the days of long lunch tables.The cafeteria space was renovated and extended into the new atrium for a modern, open environment. It includes tables and booths.

“It’s more of an open area with college-style seating,” Reincke said. “Kids have more choice and freedom to choose where and how they sit.”

In regard to what affect new school buildings have on learning, Brandt said he’s noticed that with a new building, students can take pride in what it looks like.

“The new atmosphere creates an energy that this is exciting, but what teacher wouldn’t want students to be excited about learning?” he said.

From a student’s perspective, senior Brenna Karl said the new area is “really cool and big. It was nice to see a more modern look.”

Karl has an English and history class in the new wing of the school.

She added that having additional space helps expand the hallways, leaving it less cluttered.

In addition to the expansion project, a new $13,000 scoreboard was installed at North’s stadium. The wireless scoreboard is LED, expandable, and will display advertisements.

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