This $3.65 million project completely reinvents this open classroom split level school. A new Entry, Administration suite and Library addition in a centralized location allows for better access by staff and students. This building is located on four levels which are currently connected only by stairs, interior remodel will provide complete accessibility with ramp access between all its levels. A small addition and remodel at the kindergarten suite will enable the two classrooms to function independently with access to shared accessible restrooms. The design for these two new classrooms also takes into account daycare licensing requirements to provide the utmost flexibility in the use of the classrooms. Remodel within the core of the building will provide a centralized computer room and small group spaces. Corridor walls will be built to reduce distraction to the open plan classrooms. The project is currently under construction.
This special-needs facility accommodates 200 middle and 200 high school students who are at risk and need focused academic attention. OZ Architecture designed the facility based on an existing campus-like master plan (also designed by OZ) for the Cherry Creek School buildings already existing on the site. A key design goal was to separate the middle and high school students during school hours. The result is a T-shaped design with the high school occupying the northern wing and the middle school occupying the southern wing. Shared functions such as administration, gymnasium, cafeteria, and a media center, are located in the dividing T-wing.
Manhattan Middle School of Arts and Academics was born out of the merger of the existing “Burbank Middle School” and the relocated “School of the Arts” program. The merge created a unique opportunity for a new image and identity to go along with the school’s exciting new programs. The result was two additions and an extensive remodel. The new 2,811 SF Entry and Administrative Addition is located strategically, enabling improved security by creating a closed campus with a secure outdoor courtyard and a focused entrance. Indoor circulation was also improved by enclosing an existing exterior walkway. The new 9,949 SF Music and Science addition creates a “state of the art” facility for both these reputable programs. Sustainability and green building practices are showcased throughout the project with day lighting, natural ventilation, exposed concrete floors and roof structure, low VOC paints, an outside teaching courtyard, and a monitored 10kw photovoltaic system on the roof with small wind turbines. The district was able to leverage their budget to maximize current operations while positioning themselves competitively for future academic flexibility.
This new 69,000 square-foot elementary school for the Cherry Creek School District required a unique design that utilized parts of the district's prototype plan while accommodating a difficult site. The school houses 650 K-5 students and includes space for a special education pre-school serving autistic 3 and 4-year-olds, and space for the Child Find program. OZ Architecture provided complete design services from master planning and programming through construction administration.
This state-of-the-art elementary school serves 450 students in its 62,000 square feet of space. OZ teamed with BOORA Architects of Portland, Oregon, to create a cutting-edge design with respect to both functionality and sustainability. The two-story building takes advantage of exceptional Rocky Mountain views and maintains a compact volume, adding to the building's energy efficiency.
Using life-cycle costing, high-performance strategies and environmentally-friendly materials and equipment, the team created an energy-efficient facility that the school district believes will last 100 years and cost half the standard energy costs annually.
This public school facility is located on a campus of schools that offers several different programs for students who are completing their high school education outside of the traditional classroom.
The largest program in the building is the William Smith Alternative High School, which provides a high school education in a non-traditional setting. A second program, Hartenbach High School, is a very small high school for working students who are only able to pursue their education during non-traditional hours.
The building's key architectural feature is its long, high "Main Street," which is the school's most important space. Plugged in on either side of Main Street are various program elements. Materials were chosen to emphasize education (masonry) and technology (metal and glass), and to relate to the adjacent campus buildings.