The new Bamford Elementary in Loveland, Colorado, is a two-story 77,000 sf school serving students in grades PK-5. The interior design of the school replicates climate zones found in the mountains, with a lower elevation “lush” feel on the first floor, and a higher elevation “alpine” theme on the second floor.
The site has been designed to connect to the mountain landscape with visual connections to the Front Range and landscape elements which pay homage to local landmarks and provide learning opportunities. It includes three parking lots, with bus drop off loop, playgrounds, and hardscape play areas.
Emphasis was placed on including opportunities for individualized learning, opportunities for socialization and conversation, problem-based learning and project based learning, collaboration, visual and physical connections to the outdoors and natural environment. The overall design goal was to create a community-centered environment where each student knows that they belong.