Boulder Valley School District | Broomfield High School Addition and Renovations

  • $16.6M
  • new 58,000 SF
  • reno 16,000 SF
  • 2009


  • 2010 Merit Award
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Denver Chapter

Broomfield High School has served many generations of students, faculty and staff. It started as a Junior High in the 1960’s, and has gone through many renovations, additions, and improvements as well as upgrades to its structural, mechanical, and electrical systems. AMD worked with the Boulder Valley School District and the Broomfield High School Design Advisory Team to develop concepts for 58,000 SF of additional new space and 16,000 SF of renovations.

The project challenges included issues associated with adding to the existing building, keeping the school safe and accessible during construction, and getting the most out of the limited budget.

The massing, configuration and material palette of the new addition integrate the existing and new environments to establish a fresh and progressive image for the high school.

A new public entry and classroom wings create a secure courtyard to be used for informal gathering and outdoor learning programs. Natural light is maximized in the new instructional spaces through the use of clerestories and light monitors, coupled with dimming/daylighting systems that conserve energy.

Although this project did not pursue LEED certification, the Xcel Energy Assistance Program estimates that the project uses approximately 48% less electricity and 25% less total operating energy. The additional project costs incurred to achieve these levels of energy conservation will take only 5.4 years to pay-back.

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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.

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