Explore PK-8 School


Location: Thornton, CO
Size: 60,000 SF
Owner: Mapleton Public Schools
Market: K-12 Education / Current Projects
Architect: Hord Coplan Macht


This new expeditionary school will be designed and built to honor the heritage of the land and the Carlson family, one of Colorado’s pioneering families. Students will enter the single-story school under the front porch that leads into a two-story open volume of the Learning and Dining Commons that is focused around a central hearth and fireplace.  Accessed off of this community space will be the PK-2 classroom wing.  The classrooms will be organized in pairs of grade levels around a common space.  The 3-8 classroom wing will consist of a series of 4 classroom houses.  Each house has its own amenity spaces, which will include a group break out space and toilet rooms.  Each of the breakout spaces will have access to an exterior classroom space, which is separated from the exterior play by a creek bed with pedestrian bridges.

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