Third Year | Spring 17'
“The mission of The Environmental Charter School at Frick Park is to educate each student to high academic learning standards using a themed curriculum that will foster knowledge, love of and respect for the environment and the will to preserve it for future generations.”
With this in mind, my design aims to create a safe, interactive learning space in Larimer. Focusing on safety, the school creates interior green spaces as learning environments around the classrooms floors and the roof, keeping the students on the school grounds and creating green learning spaces in the neighborhood. The classroom floors are arranged in the same way and stress the flexibility of the classroom spaces, which can extend onto the green balcony area that can be completely exposed to the outside by opening up the perforated metal panel facade. In order to encourage student and neighborhood engagement the program structure and systems are designed to avoid a static building environment and encourage movement throughout the school. The building is made up of two main volumes, the rectangular volume located on the northern part of the site where the main circulation points and service entrances are and the angled volume that opens up to the corner of Frankstown Avenue and Paulson Avenue. The materials are chosen in order to make the school inviting to the adjacent neighborhood and students, making the groundfloor where the gym and auditorium is located almost completely visibile form the outside with polycarbonate panels making up its facade.