Buena Vista Middle/High School

Buena Vista, Colorado




Buena Vista School District


134,000 sq.ft.

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Completion Date


Design Team
Chad Novak, AIA (Principal-in-Charge); Stephanie Grose, AIA (Educational Planner); Adam Braunstein, AIA (Project Manager); Jamie Park, AIA, Kelly Denker, AIA (Architects); CarrieBeth Ruzicka, NCIDQ (Interior Design); John Fuentes (Construction Administration); 5 Design (Landscape Design); SCI (Structural); ME Engineers (MEP); Ricca Design Studios (Foodservice); K2 Audio (Acoustics); Group 14 Engineering (Sustainability); Davis Engineering (Civil)

Nestled in the Arkansas River Valley, Buena Vista, Colorado, is surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks, open skies, rivers, and agricultural lands. With these remarkable environmental attributes in mind, the design for replacing the existing middle school/high school incorporates daylight, views, and connection to the outdoors at every location. The new school was designed so that construction could occur in multiple phases and the school could remain fully occupied throughout construction. The new building achieved a LEED Silver certification.

The primary instructional classroom building is configured on two floors to separate middle school students from high school students. Each floor has science classrooms and small-group rooms between traditional classrooms. The shared programs such as band, art, family and consumer studies, and industrial arts are centrally situated for easy access. A multifunctional space designated as the Flex Commons is used as a café and dining area, classroom, and theater. This space provides easy access to an outdoor eating area and learning space with views of the Collegiate Peaks.

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