DeMaria was hired by the Thompson Educational Foundation to construct the University Preparatory Science and Math Middle School in Detroit, MI. The middle school is the first in the UPA science and math system that will eventually also include a high school.
The system focuses on exposing students to science, technology, engineering, and math careers- with a guarantee to send 90% of graduates on to college. The scope included the construction of an 80,000 sf addition, a new entrance to the Detroit Science Center, a Science Center Café and a new Gift Shop.
The addition was built onto the existing Detroit Science Center, which remained open and occupied throughout construction. The partnership with the Detroit Science Center will enrich students with both physical and human resources- with unlimited possibilities for regular hands-on learning at the school.
The school has two floors of classrooms and a basement that houses a cafeteria and a gymnasium. Full capacity is 462 students in grades 6-8.