Erie, Colorado

Soaring Heights PK-8

Located in the rapidly-growing town of Erie, Colorado, the new Soaring Heights Preschool (PK) through 8th Grade School is organized into small, flexible learning neighborhoods which break down the scale of the school for students and support the district’s goal of creating distinct PK-K, Elementary, and Middle School areas. These areas join together in the heart of the school — a large, multi-purpose dining and performance hall that features views to both the mountains to the west and the courtyard to the east.

The building’s shape and siting are designed to take advantage of spectacular views west toward the Colorado Rockies, and its form creates a private courtyard to the east which is internally-focused and supports a range of outdoor learning activities. Students nicknamed this courtyard the “Surprise Area” because it is hidden from the public side of the building. Nearby Middle and Elementary School maker labs promote the school’s focus on neuroscience.

Client: St. Vrain Valley School District

Studio: Grow

Market: PK-12

Size: 130,000 Square Feet

Scope: New Construction

Services: Architecture, Interior Design

Delivery Method: Construction Manager at Risk

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