Exposed structural, mechanical and electrical systems that are intentionally located allow the building to become a learning experience for students. Five shared multidisciplinary learning centers were purposefully interjected within the common areas to allow the teacher’s curriculum to spill out of the classroom. Opportunities for formal and informal collaborative educational opportunities were created. The open floor plan classrooms were designed to be flexible to adapt to both teacher and student needs throughout the course of a day.
The school has created a landmark gateway to welcome the community and further integrate with the neighborhood. The building’s footprint creates semi-protected outdoor spaces for year-round student and community use. The west courtyard has natural elements which act as play areas as well as seating for the outdoor stage and movies in the park. Plaza space has been provided for outdoor learning possibilities and community events. A community garden was provided to further connect the school with its neighborhood. Denver Public Schools’ commitment to the natural environment is culminated in their rooftop solar array which will provide approximately half of the buildings power.