Falcon Virtual Academy

Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • FIRM

    DLR Group


    Falcon School District 49

  • AREA

    20,000 sq.ft.





Falcon School District 49 in Colorado Springs, Colo., challenged designers to transform an abandoned manufacturing warehouse into a 21st-century blended learning center for students in kindergarten to 12th grade. The result is a showpiece for the new focus of blended learning.

Students at Falcon Virtual Academy get the best of both worlds with virtual ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$60.25CITATIONAdaptive Reuse CitationFEATURED IN2013 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation hands-on learning opportunities taught by certified teachers in a creative, engaging space. This flexible and innovative education facility fosters creativity and critical thinking for students of all ages. Bold colors, modern decor, and WiFi bistro and sofa areas support a “lounge and learn” environment.

Rather than building traditional classrooms, designers used the facility’s lack of interior walls to create a flexible facility that can be rearranged easily for a variety of needs. 

Features include one-on-one spaces, mall and large-group meeting areas with movable furnishings, and both noisy and quiet spaces for learning. The design creates transparency and openness, enabling students and staff to visually monitor the learning that takes place inside the school.

“Low-cost, innovative solution to 21st-century learning.”--2013 jury