Seattle— DLR Group, a full-service architectural and engineering, planning and design firm, recently won the Denver Public Schools design competition for the new Green Valley Ranch High School. DLR Group architects from Seattle were involved in the project.
DLR Group was chosen from among nine architectural firms that competed in the high school design competition coordinated by DPS, The Foundation for Educational Excellence, Department of Facility Management and The Stapleton Foundation. The competition explored the latest in contemporary high school design while keeping educational objectives in mind. The need for innovation, sustainability, environmental issues, and educational program flexibility were stressed throughout the project.
With 21st-century learning in mind, Green Valley Ranch High School will be designed to accommodate various teaching styles and methods, including traditional, departmental and small group learning. Other features will include larger hallways to minimize crowding between class periods and a multi-use courtyard that can also accommodate community events. Classroom wings will be set at an angle to allow views of the west and northwest mountains, and the building will face south to north, optimizing daylight capability.