Natrona County School District’s Pathways Innovation Center and Roosevelt High School in Casper, Wyoming, was awarded the Project of Distinction by the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE). It also won the Rocky Mountain A4LE Peak Merit Award for new construction.
Designed by Cuningham Group in partnership with MOA Architecture, the high schools share one building. They are designed to support student-driven learning and prepare the district’s high school students for success beyond graduation, whether it’s moving on to college or highly-skilled trade careers.
Opened in August 2016, Pathways is an individualized, career-focused academy, and Roosevelt is the district’s alternative high school featuring a wellness-based curriculum. The building’s design reflects teaching methods used at each school.
At the center of Pathways is its “Fabrication Hall,” a 5,000-square-foot, two-story common space surrounded by labs equipped with cutting-edge technology. It encourages teams from all academies to collaborate on projects and is inspired by private-sector facilities, including Boeing Aerospace in Washington state, where engineering and design teams work under one roof.