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Douglass ElementaryBoulder, Colorado

The Douglass Elementary School project involves the replacement of an aging facility with innovative 21st Century learning spaces to support modern curriculum delivery. Five design options were presented and considered by the Design Advisory Team in order to select the option that was best for the district.
The selected floorplan is centered around “the Heart”, a large open space where different learning zones can be created for multiple learning modalities. A Curiosity Center/Makerspace will be the creative hub for student exploration and will coach students to connect ideas and concepts. Each grade will also have Learning Communities which feature learning studios, a project room, a small group room, a shared teacher collaboration room and a flexible shared commons area. Each Learning Community is designed to be used collaboratively by teachers and can support various learning and teaching modalities. Douglass Elementary also features an Early Childhood Education wing that includes Learning Studios for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students.
Douglass Elementary is currently under construction and is expected to open in August, 2017.

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The Douglass Elementary School project involved the replacement of an aging facility with innovative 21st Century learning spaces to support modern curriculum delivery. Five design options were presented and considered by the Design Advisory Team in order to select the option that was best for the district.

The selected floorplan is centered around “the Heart”, a large open space where different learning zones can be created for multiple learning modalities. A Curiosity Center/Makerspace is the creative hub for student exploration and is designed to coach students to connect ideas and concepts. Each grade also has Learning Communities which feature learning studios, a project room, a small group room, a shared teacher collaboration room and a flexible shared commons area. Each Learning Community is designed to be used collaboratively by teachers and can support various learning and teaching modalities. Douglass Elementary also features an Early Childhood Education wing that includes Learning Studios for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. With flexible furniture and ample daylighting throughout, students and staff have greater mobility to learn any time, anywhere.

Douglass Elementary is part of the District’s “Exemplar Schools” program developed in conjunction with educational planners, Fielding Nair International. Open in August 2017, the redesigned Douglass Elementary will continue to be a home for student achievement for many years to come.