Gilpin County School

  • $16.5M
  • 150,000 SF
  • 2001

Few building sites offer as many physical design challenges as the Gilpin County School, located three miles north of Black Hawk in Colorado’s Front Range mountains. The site is steep: the existing K-12 school facility is split into two buildings separated one from another by more than twenty vertical feet. The climate is also severe: winter winds can reach 130 mph.

The program called for doubling the facility’s square footage, linking the separate classroom and gymnasium buildings, and creating a new image for the school that will also become a community center with its new competition gym and 350 seat auditorium-no mean feat on such a constricted site.

AMD’s solution lies in positioning a new entrance lobby and grand stair tower at the east end of the existing classroom building. The lobby and stair tower create a new front door for the entire facility and link the existing classrooms with both new construction and the existing gym via a steel bridge.

With such a severe climate in mind, AMD designed the building around a two component structural system to minimize the contractor’s on-site exposure. The project also provides the community with two acoustically superior spaces for athletics and arts.

Contact AMD

3198 Speer Boulevard
Denver Colorado 80211

303 294 9448
fax 303 294 0762

www.amdarchitects.com
info@amdarchitects.com

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
  • Paul S. Haack, AIA
  • Andrew G. Nielsen, FAIA
  • David C. Pfeifer, AIA
  • Joey Carrasquillo, AIA
  • John D. Graham, AIA
  • Ronald L. Mason, FAIA
    Emeritus
  • John D. Anderson, FAIA
    1926-2017
  • Curt F. Dale, FAIA
    1945-2003
  • Cathy Bellem, AIA
  • Ben Blanchard, AIA
  • John Everin, AIA
  • Erin Hillhouse, AIA
  • David E. Houston, AIA
  • Suzanne Dupée Minear, AIA
  • Kristin O’Connell, Assoc AIA
  • Cynthia Ottenbrite, AIA
  • James R. Taylor, AIA
  • Dan Bishop, AIA
  • Stephan Hall, AIA
  • Peter Koehler, AIA
  • Ryan Lutz, AIA
  • Jenna Michieli, AIA
  • Michael Stesney, AIA
  • Todd Swarts, AIA
  • Kristina Winn, AIA
  • Julie Zurakowski, AIA