Denver Public Schools (DPS) hasn’t built a new high school location since 1980.
Denver, Colorado – LOA Architecture, P.C. is well underway with the design of a new school campus in the Stapleton community, funded by the 2012 DPS Bond Program. The building site is located on 20 acres with adjacent athletic fields at the southeast corner of 56th Avenue and Central Park Boulevard.
It’s all north of I-70 and close to The Shops at Northfield Stapleton. The campus is expected to open in August 2015.
In an effort to strengthen the design team, LOA Architecture asked the local firm of H+L Architecture to be the associate architectural firm. In December, GE Johnson was selected as the Construction Manager/General Contractor.
“The high school campus design competition in 2006 allowed Denver Public Schools to look at a variety of school design elements from around the country and determine what best fit our educational needs for the future,” said DPS Chief Operating Officer, David Suppes. “LOA Architecture best addressed the architectural and phasing requirements requested by our committee. We’re excited to have them integrate their design elements and DPS’ 21st Century Educational Facility Design Standards into a state-of-the-art learning facility.”
“Smaller, flexible learning communities will be integrated to allow for more teacher and student interaction and one-on-one learning relationships,” said Timothy Habben, President of LOA Architecture who will serve as the project manager. “Along with the DPS educational standards, LOA Architecture is including the use of 21st Century technology to allow access for internet, computer networks and electronic instructional techniques.”
The Phase 1 school campus is projected to be able to serve 900 students, with an eventual enrollment capacity of up to 2,400 students at full build-out.
LOA Architecture was chosen from among nine architectural firms in 2006 that competed in the high school campus design competition coordinated by The Foundation for Educational Excellence, Denver Public Schools Department of Facility Management and The Stapleton Foundation. The competition explored the latest in contemporary high school design while keeping educational objectives in mind. The need for innovation, sustainability, environmental issues and educational program flexibility were stressed throughout the project.
Since 1985, LOA Architecture has been recognized for excellence in the design, planning and management of a diverse range of projects, serving educational, institutional, civic, residential and commercial clients throughout the Denver Metro and Rocky Mountain region.
This will be the fourth project LOA Architects has been awarded by Denver Public Schools, including the Library and Presentation Room for West High School. Other LOA educational projects include the $25 million Arvada West High School replacement facility. H+L Architecture provides architectural services throughout the Rocky Mountain Region to Education, Healthcare and Science/Technology clients from offices in Denver and Colorado Springs.