Denver Public Schools | Green School Classroom Cottage

  • 8,000 SF
  • $900K
  • 2012

In response to increasing growth at schools throughout the district, Denver Public Schools (DPS) asked for a concept study to investigate lower-cost/high-quality alternatives to the temporary modular classrooms used ubiquitously when a rapid deployment solution is needed for space. These modular units, while cost effective and available quickly, fall short of providing a solution that is creative and flexible for the district.

This prototype module yields construction efficiencies and allows for adaptability to match the needs of the specific context and program. The structural grid is organized around a 24′ wide bay, a dimension well-suited for grouped classroom clusters: either three traditional-sized classrooms, or combinations of traditional classrooms grouped with science and art classrooms.

Within the module, the program naturally breaks down into two types of spaces: flexible/open, and permanent/defined. The permanent/defined nodes include support spaces: bathrooms, storage, utility, office, etc. The flexible/open spaces include circulation, classroom, multi-function, and community uses.

The Denver Green School Classroom Cottage project has put forth a visionary prototype that is available not just quickly and affordably, but also provides flexible, quality learning environments and sustainable features to be used as a learning tool.

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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.

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