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Brighton Collegiate High SchoolBrighton, Colorado

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The design for Brighton Collegiate High School began with a Master Plan and the need to meet challenging site design accommodations, such as a City of Brighton Regional Retention Pond. The new 56,910-square-foot charter school includes a gymnasium with seating for 300 students, classrooms, a technology lab, administrative areas, an art room, a two-story lobby entry, and light-filled circulation with views to the outdoors. The school was designed to accommodate a student capacity of 400 with the ability to expand to 600 students with the design of a future building addition. 

Building zoning and clear circulation within the charter school allows for controlled access, security, and a natural flow of movement throughout the building.  Careful zoning allows areas of the school to be closed off during after-hours activities, which creates heightened security for its users.

The City of Brighton Regional Retention Pond included in the design has been programmed as a student learning area. Future design options for the retention pond include an area for a play field for students to have additional outdoor learning opportunities.

To make Brighton Collegiate High School a sustainable building, corridor design and carefully integrated sun shade structures were used to maximize daylighting in hallways and interior classrooms, while reducing unwanted solar heat gain.