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Skyline STEM Academy
Longmont, CO 2009-Present
In collaboration with klipp architecture, interiors, planning

When Longmont Colorado’s Skyline School District decided to renovate their high school facility, they also took the opportunity to substantially restructure its struggling academic program. Based on a plethora of recent educational research citing the efficacy of small schools and the importance of teaching students skills for success in the 21st century global economy, they decided to divide the 1,200 student school into two magnet academies, one focusing on Visual and Performing Arts, and the other focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Math and Engineering). New Vista was brought onto the design team because of its experience breaking up large schools into small learning communities (SLCs), and its expertise in the development of flexible, state-of-the-art engineering and science labs.

The approximately $21m renovation will be phased over two years and includes the addition of a new Administrative Hub and Library/Media Center. The STEM Academy will be located on two floors, within a 60,000 sq. ft. area at the Northern end of the existing building.

Innovative features will include:
• A STEM Commons/Café to serve as the small school hub
• Distributed administrative functions
• A 2,000 sq. ft. Fabrication (FAB) Lab with areas for wood working, metal working, project building, CAD design, and project storage
• An Outdoor Learning Patio with a large storage shed and “garage” door access to and from the FAB Lab
• An Information Technology Learning Lab (ITLL) for multi-media design and project work
• Biology and Chemistry Labs
• Highly flexible General Science Labs


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