Denver Public Schools – Inspire ECE-5 School

LocationDenver, CO
ClientDenver Public Schools
Size90,000 SF
Cost $28.6 million
ArchitectHumphries Poli Architects

This new 90,000 sf ECE-5 elementary school consists of a two-story building and houses a five round elementary school program for 800 students, on a 10-acre site. The project included all required permitting, site work, utilities, preconstruction services, building construction and project closeout activities. The name of the campus “inspire” was also the basis of the design for each intricate component of the school. Patterned gym panels were used to replicate sand dunes that existed centuries ago on the construction site. The school also comes complete with a fully functional commercial kitchen, large gym, multiple art rooms and three playgrounds. DPS hopes to one day expand this campus and the curriculum to service students all the way through 8th grade. The school keeps the ECE and Kindergarten kids in the single story classrooms and allows the 1st grade through 5th grade classrooms to populate the two-story classroom wing, separated by the main administration area. The main entry of the school is the heart of the building with two-story curtain walls on the East and West sides, with a wide open library design that allows the students to sit on stepped seats with yellow covered concrete while reading. Each wing of the building also has unique breakout spaces that allows teachers the versatility to utilize multiple spaces while explaining different lessons, and to work collaboratively with the other teachers in the pod.

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