Legacy Peak Elementary is a project-based learning school in Colorado Springs that is the first project of an 80-acre master-planned school site for the Academy School District 20. The school was largely focused on STEM studies, and the site elements reflected that through programming, colors, and materials.
The site, which is 16 acres, includes traditional elements such as separate car and bus lots, a multi-use synthetic turf field, an outdoor classroom, an outdoor dining plaza, a preschool play area, and separate play areas for grades k-12 and 3-5 that are entirely poured-in-place surfacing, making them inclusive to all. The site also includes a plaza for the NASA Challenger Learning Center, which pulls strips of planting into the hardscape and uses blue glass aggregate in the concrete, creating a light blue shimmering ground surface and exposing materials for students to observe and learn.
Our design team worked with Anova site furnishings to create a custom gabion bench with a wood slat seat, again exposing materials and construction methods for students to use and learn.