Lafayette firm taps nature for campus design

LAFAYETTE — Students at a new school in Denver are the beneficiaries of a campus that provides opportunities of interactive learning and educational teaching tools.

Lafayette-based Design Concepts created a campus that focuses on animals, insects and patterns of nature for the Denver School of Science and Technology, a Denver Public School that is shared by Conservatory Green Middle School and High Tech Elementary School.

The school is in the Stapleton Conservatory Green neighborhood, a redevelopment community situated on the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.

An outdoor discovery area is themed around plant life and includes an outdoor classroom with a tactile discovery walk. Custom shade structures designed as giant leaves are located throughout the site.  At the main entry plaza, etched water patterns provide a visual progression typically found in a watershed.

The landscape design also includes common amenities include outdoor recreation and play fields, open spaces and plazas along with parking and student drop-off and pick-up zones for both parent and bus access.

“The design not only provides maximum functional site organization and amenities, but offers a fun and healthy active learning environment for students, teachers, parents and the surrounding community, Carol Henry, president and principal landscape architect of Design Concepts, said in a statement.

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