Project detail

Colorado’s Finest School of Choice

Englewood, Colorado
Academic, Architecture, Colorado, Education, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Library

This project entails the renovation of the current Englewood Middle School into a new home for the Colorado’s Finest Alternative High School.  It is partially funded by a grant from the BEST program.  The focus of the renovation is to provide a 21st Century Learning Environment with non-traditional spaces.  The new layout is organized by departments and each area includes a Technology Hub, Teacher Resource Room and Conference Room.  There are no doors into the general classrooms and the walls between the classrooms and hallways have windows to connect the spaces.  There is also a focus on Career Technical Education (CTE) with several specialized spaces for Cosmetology, STEM, Media Production and other CTE classes.  New Science and Art classrooms were added.   Fitting the existing Colorado’s Finest program into an existing building was a big challenge.  HCM worked closely with the administration and staff of CFAHS to determine how to most efficiently and effectively utilize existing spaces and create new ones.

There is an existing courtyard that remained and new overhead doors were added to provide an indoor outdoor connection.  The Commons is an interactive area for many uses for the students.

Key Features:

  • Open classrooms and technology spaces.
  • Building façade and walls were utilized to promote the school’s educational philosophy.

Sustainable Goals:

∙ Energy efficient mechanical system with heat pumps and energy recovery ventilation

∙ Energy efficient lighting and controls

∙ Indoor Air Quality focus with ventilation and material selection

∙ Reuse of an existing building and site

Budget: $12.2 million

Client Contact: David Henderson, Director of Operations

Englewood School District


Size: 96,280 s.f.

570 students

12.68 acre site

Delivery Method:

CM/GC – Brian Hunt, Haselden Construction