Aurora Public Schools | Paris Elementary School

  • $6.4M
  • 48,000 SF
  • 2006


  • 2011 Citation Award
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Colorado Chapter
  • 2006 Peak Design Award
  • Excellence in Design of New Construction
  • Council of Educational Facility Planners International

A compact footprint and multiple story building serve to maximize the open space available on this 2.6 acre site, while creating an interior environment that fosters a strong sense of community. The outdoor playground is seen as a community amenity, engaging the urban fabric along three edges, establishing a significant presence.

The building diagram is organized as two areas; a three story classroom pod and a shared commons area, which includes a library, gymnasium, and a cafeteria.
The public spaces that weave the two areas together are intended to be active spaces that, through the use of colors, natural light, and sculpted interior planes, stimulate and engage the children and teachers inhabiting the school. The classroom pod is organized around a Multi-Purpose Area that serves as an extension of the typical classroom.

The library is a two story volume that forms a figural presence at the main entry to the building, facing Paris Street. It becomes a symbolic gesture; an icon of Aurora Public Schools’ dedication to this growing community’s prosperity.

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About AMD

We are a 50-person architectural firm located in Denver, Colorado. For over 40 years we have provided a full range of services including the planning, programming, and design of buildings for colleges, universities, schools, libraries, justice facilities, office buildings, cultural venues, and housing. We have twice been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award “a distinguished body of work” and numerous local, regional and national design awards.

We believe architecture has the power to heighten human well-being and illuminate our cultural values. We are driven by a standard of excellence which provides the highest level of ethics and professionalism to our clients. We embrace thoughtful and responsible design in all aspects of our lives and we constantly strive to create buildings of architectural significance and responsibility.

Our work is developed within a collaborative atmosphere which cultivates research, analysis, and deliberation into judicious decision-making at all levels. Vigorous exploration of client goals is coupled with a detailed examination of their functional needs. This understanding is artfully transformed into three-dimensional space which inspires the daily life within the building. Physical patterns and the cultural fabric of each place are carefully studied to appropriately respond to each site’s unique physical and social context. Materials and systems are selected which respect and sustain our planet and the thoughtful expression of building craft and technology are economically integrated to bring the defining statement of character and identity for each of our clients.

AMD Staff
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  • Andrew G. Nielsen, FAIA
  • David C. Pfeifer, AIA
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