The modernization of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School was selected to appear as an Outstanding Design in the 2021 American School & University Architectual Portfolio.
The modernization involved additional of a new street entry, interior renovation, sun control louvers on the south library facade, new brick facing and a new VRF system.
The project removed the existing ceiling to open up the spaces. Introduction of a curtain wall at the south facade with sun control louvers provides daylight for the library. The southeast corner has new brick and features a black-and-white portrait of Dr. King alongside a LED screen for school announcements; those are visible from the street. The library has a folding glass wall that opens to a media room. A new public entry from the street leads to the reception area. The building has become an icon for the school.