City and state officials, as well as the high-tech industry, combined their efforts with the principal of the high school to create a technology magnet facility. This school prepares students for college or employment in regional business and provides them with a sense of community.
The city of Colorado Springs expedited utilities, and the state designed a highway CAPACITY1,350COST PER SQ FT$98.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio several months ahead of schedule to help build Pine Creek High School on 42 acres of developer-donated land.
Designers helped to realize the principal’s vision of a school that could deliver a state-of-the-art technological curriculum in a nurturing environment.
Eight individual classrooms form the periphery of each of four housing pods. A “technological commons” is the nucleus of each pod, where teachers can bring individual classes for computer work or join other groups for guest speakers. Eight science classrooms, with several safety features, are clustered between the four pods.
The main entranceway reflects the community use of the school. Separate entrances to the library, gymnasium and auditorium enable public access to those facilities.
Photographer: ©Thorney Lieberman