Woody Creek, Colorado

Aspen Community School

Mountain USA
Compass… For Lifelong Discovery
Project Size
18,815 SF (new)/8,000 SF (renovations and additions)

Expansion, K-8, LEED® Gold

Aspen Community School has occupied its rural site since 1972, enjoying expansive mountain views. Forty years later, the school earned a BEST Grant and raised funds to replace failing existing structures and better support its educational goals.

Cuningham Group, in collaboration with Studio B Architects, designed the new school buildings and renovated the campus for better circulation and increased student safety. The new K-8 and gym buildings deliver high performance educational environments with significantly improved thermal comfort and connections to the outdoors. In pursuit of LEED Gold certification, these two spaces were designed with the 2030 Challenge goals of energy-use reduction. Materials and systems were specified for health, durability, recyclability, renewability, locality, and environmentally conscious manufacturing. High efficiency HVAC, plumbing, electrical, lighting, and control systems serve the new buildings, including heat recovery units for energy savings and LED light fixtures for efficiency and long life.


American Institute of Architects, Colorado
Award of Excellence, Commercial/Institutional, 2016

American Institute of Architects, Colorado West
Award of Excellence, Commercial/Institutional, 2016

American Institute of Architects
Citation Award for Unbuilt Architecture, 2014

Association for Learning Environments, Rocky Mountain Chapter
Peak Design Award and People’s Choice Award, 2015