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William Smith Alternative High SchoolAurora, CO
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.