Greeley West High School (GWHS) was originally constructed in 1965 as an 800-student high school. The existing building was supported by an array of 19 temporary/portable classrooms. It had a capacity of 1,058, with enrollment severely exceeding this capacity (1,603 students and 120 staff in 2018). A successful 2019 bond election is funding the complete on-site replacement of the high school due to the building size and conditions.
A new GWHS replacement facility, with capacity for 1,800 students, is being constructed on the existing GWHS campus. HCM is designing a school that will include modern learning spaces, a central hub space for dining and social functions, state-of-the-art facilities for career and technical courses, and enhanced safety and security throughout the campus.
The design concept behind GWHS is an “International Market.” A curving central corridor presents a two-sided “market” of educational opportunities, including a makerspace, learning commons, art studios and a performing arts department. A C-shaped plan bends around the existing school and places its central hub at the heart of the Greeley West campus, facing parking and entry to the east and opening to outdoor athletics with a terrace to the west.
Currently in construction, GWHS is an active school occupied by students. The project is being completed through a phased Design-Build delivery method in partnership with Adolfson & Peterson Construction.