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Growing Number of Schools Turn to MiEN Company to Create Spaces that Support Learning and Collaboration


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Jan. 4, 2023 – Twelve schools and one district-wide project are a few of the most recent educational institutions to make MiEN Company their furnishing and design partner in creating or upgrading spaces within their school campuses. MiEN helped its new partners to renovate spaces for cafés, esports, teacher lounges, student unions, common areas, makerspaces, and even an entire school building.

The categories of projects and the participating schools are listed below:

Café Space Projects

Kirkland Ranch Academy of Innovation in Wesley Chapel, Florida

Teacher Lounge Project

Voorhees Township Public Schools in Camden County, New Jersey

Makerspace Projects

H.B. Whitehorne Middle School in Verona, New Jersey

Ecole Dickinsfield School in Alberta, Canada

Esports Projects

New River Elementary in Wesley Chapel, Florida

Bangor High School in Bangor, Maine

Media Center Projects

St. Stephen Catholic School in Riverview, Florida

Lamphere High School in Madison Heights, Michigan

Tates Creek High School in Lexington, Kentucky

Student Union/Common Spaces Projects

Valley Christian Schools in Chandler, Arizona

Foster Heights Middle School in Bardstown, Kentucky

York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois

Full School Project

The Movement School in Largo, Florida

Although all the renovated spaces have a main purpose, many of them were designed to be multifunctional. An example is the collaborative “Commons” space that Lamphere High School created from an unused computer lab. The Commons is now used for weekly English classes as well as for staff and districtwide meetings. In addition, students use it as a gathering and study area. Principal Rodney Thomas said that the comfortable seating, functional furniture – and espresso coffee station – are a huge draw. “We wanted students to really enjoy being at Lamphere High School, relax a bit, read a book, do their homework or just hang out in the space,” he said.

Another example is Voorhees Township Public Schools’ teacher lounges where educators can have lunch, socialize and decompress as well as collaborate, plan and receive professional development. The project consisted of six teacher lounges in five different schools. To make the lounges into places where school staff could both recharge and work together, MiEN incorporated several soft seating options and collaboration tables along with private work areas.

Voorhees Township PS was so pleased with the project that it commissioned MiEN to work on a media center and 10 new kindergarten and pre-k classrooms.

“Our focus is on creating spaces where students feel engaged to learn but also comfortable taking risks, making mistakes, and exploring their academic passions,” said MiEN Company President and CEO Remco Bergsma. “We are honored to work with such forward-thinking school leaders and educators who are committed to creating the best possible learning environments for their students.”

About MiEN Company

MiEN is a global company serving the education industry with innovative furniture products and services that promote and support active and interactive learning environments in engaging and functional ways. An American company with a strong European influence, its products and services represent the ideas and collaborative efforts of an expert team of suppliers, designers, and engineers. Built strong and durable using eco-friendly, sustainable materials, its products rank high in the industry in meeting the demands of creating dynamic and collaborative learning environments. For more information go to https://miencompany.com

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