A part of Saginaw’s history came down with the iconic “BEANS” sign and the old 13-story nonfunctional bean elevator building that so many recognized as a part of Saginaw’s identity. The building dates back to 1920, and was originally built as a grain silo located along the west side of the Saginaw River. It was recently demolished to make way for a new high school for the School District of the City of Saginaw. The demolition took place throughout October and early November facilitated by Bierlein Companies.

William A. Kibbe & Associates is providing civil and structural engineering design services for a new ~216,000 SF high school to be located on the existing Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy (SASA) site with additional surrounding sites. TMP Architecture and WTA Architects will provide architectural design on this project.

Preliminary rendering by WTA Architects / TMP Architecture

The new high school will include a community forum space, dedicated rooms for STEM activities, music studios, and a five-story academic tower. An arena-style athletic fieldhouse and football stadium is planned for the Beans site that was recently razed. This project is included under the umbrella of the District’s $100 million bond to build or renovate four schools, and construction is expected to take place in spring 2022.