Denver Public Schools | Swigert-McAuliffe International School

  • $15M
  • 102,000 SF
  • 2011
  • design-build
  • LEED Silver

The Swigert-McAuliffe International School serves a Denver community in dire need of additional instructional space, providing an E-8 program with 40 classrooms, administrative offices, cafeteria with commercial-grade kitchen and gymnasium. Flexibility allows for future changes within the school curriculum, population and focus, providing for re-alignment with the needs of the growing community. Creation of distinct neighborhoods for ECE/Kindergarten and Elementary/Middle school students provides appropriate social conditions within the school, while mitigating circulation patterns along the site.

The site development was conceived as a comprehensive learning landscape: the history of the site as the city’s airport inspired a navigation theme, with the school courtyard bearing an image of the globe whose longitude and latitude grid structure program areas and plantings; the primary turf playfield is circumscribed by a native grass/wildflower zone reflective of the nearby eastern plains, with a crusher fine trail allowing for class walks; an urban plaza along the site’s western edge serves as the primary student collector for bus and parent drop-off and the 3-story wing poses an urban face along Syracuse Street.

A wetland area occupies the northern edge of the site, directing storm water along a vegetated bio-swale that feeds into a water quality/detention pond that serves as an outdoor environmental education classroom. Stapleton stone – recycled concrete from the old airport runways – is introduced along the edges of the pond to support classroom activity.

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3198 Speer Boulevard
Denver Colorado 80211

303 294 9448
fax 303 294 0762