New Construction, Charter School, STEM, Sustainable Design
American Academy is among the highest performing charter schools in Colorado. Its Core Knowledge curriculum is enhanced with a strong focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Cuningham Group has worked with the school since 2007, with the design of its first permanent facility in Castle Pines. Five years later, we assisted the Academy, in coordination with Douglas County School District and the Town of Parker, in creating a second campus expansion to include Pre-K. A third campus is currently in the planning stages.
Building design was adapted to each site and contains specialized spaces to meet the needs of the school’s STEM program in addition to traditional classrooms, art, music, break-out rooms, a cafeteria, and gymnasium. The building itself is a learning tool for STEM and sustainability, with a well-insulated envelope, displacement ventilation, daylighting in every classroom, translucent glazing, and light shelves.