October 5, 2018
Conservatory Green High School on the Paul Sandoval Campus Opened for the 2018-2019 School Year
– Construction for the Conservatory Green High School on the northwest corner of the Paul Sandoval Campus was completed at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. The three-story building with a central atrium totals 56,000 square feet. The building will be used by Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) for instructional classrooms that can accommodate 500 students. Mark Young Construction was the general contractor.
LOA Architecture was chosen among nine architectural firms in 2006 that competed in the high school campus design competition coordinated by DPS, The Foundation for Educational Excellence, 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. LOA Architecture created elements in the Conservatory Green High School to continue the initiatives identified 12 years ago.
Specifically, Conservatory Green High School reflects the existing Paul Sandoval Campus building materials. The brick colors and patterns chosen for the campus help stimulate learning and transform the traditional school environment with the non-traditional high school campus layout. Additionally, LOA Architecture ensured the building design maximized a flexible learning environment through a design that did not require internal columns and met Denver Public School requirements for Energy Star efficiency. The design allows ample light inside and transfers through the building. Even the main stairwell receives transferred light from the three-story central atrium. The windows provide gorgeous mountain views to enhance the environment and desire to be in the learning facility. In an effort to strengthen the project design team, LOA Architecture teamed with the local firm, TreanorHL to obtain planning assistance and interior design services.
LOA Architecture generated the 20-acre campus master plan in 2012. LOA Architecture designed valuable resources on the Paul Sandoval Campus to be used by Conservatory Green High School and Northfield High School students. Students can access a Small Learning Community (SLC), Gymnasium, and Commons Buildings. All three buildings have been in use for the last four years. In addition to completing the Conservatory Green High School in August 2018, LOA Architecture completed the designs for a new Full-Service Kitchen in the Commons building, and a new International Baccalaureate (IB) Library.
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. LOA’s PK-12 educational project experience includes working consistently with Colorado school districts on over 145 new and renovation projects.
TreanorHL Architecture provides architectural services throughout the Rocky Mountain Region to Education, Healthcare and Science/Technology clients from offices in Denver and Colorado Springs.
Mark Young Construction has more than 130 employees completing retail, commercial, government, and education projects in 16 states across the western United States. MYC has completed more than 30 K-12 projects in the last five years for Colorado school districts.