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Gunnison Watershed School District RE-1J

New Construction

Architecture, Interior Design, Project Management/Owner Representation, Furniture

We designed the Gunnison Valley School as an alternative high school offering unique learning opportunities for up to 32 students.  The design of the building incorporated sustainable strategies as they were implemented district wide.  We included plenty of daylight with south-facing windows, natural ventilation, high efficiency mechanical and plumbing systems and low emitting finish materials.  The spaces were designed to be flexible and meet the needs of differing class sizes, curricula and learning environments.  The site was master planned to accommodate future growth of the facility at either end.

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4,345 SF

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Gunnison Watershed School District RE-1J

Civic Forum Associates, Inc.

New Construction

Architecture, Interior Design, Project Management/Owner Representation

We designed the Marble Charter School as a K-12 school in the mountainous town of Marble, CO.  The appearance of the building is intended to fit within the context of the town history and the mining industry that has been a rich part of this community for decades.  Built into a hillside with main entry access on the upper floor and walkout access from the lower level, the project was designed and built in conjunction with a preschool building immediately adjacent.

2009

8,900 SF

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Masonry bearing exterior and interior walls, steel frame roof and deck, single-ply membrane roof, interior walls metal stud and masonry, combination of slab on grade and steel-frame concrete floors

County Sheriff’s office and jail, main level, basement and mezzanine in jail, sallyport, holding, housing, master control, administration offices, training, lockers, visitation, public spaces.

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$1.6M

13,000 SF

Occupied June, 1997

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School District RE-1J

Existing: 9,986 SF

New: 75,020 SF

$24.8 M

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School District 51

29,100 SF

$7.8 M

Summit and R-5 was the first school in the district designed to support collaborative learning. The building features reduced footprint and energy consumption, lots of daylight in learning spaces with daylight harvesting, durable materials, flexible indoor and outdoor learning environments, learning spaces around commons, student/staff collaboration, acoustical sound control, classroom technology, separation of noisy and quiet functions, large multi-purpose meeting room used by District and community.

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Gunnison Watershed Schools

Gunnison Watershed School District

Six schools totaling 400,000 SF total

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As part of the overall Gunnison Watershed School District improvements launched in 2008, Blythe Group + co. master planned 5 schools for the District. Plans included projections for growth in Gunnison County, sensitivity to the diverse communities served by this District including the City of Gunnison, Marble, and Crested Butte, CO, and incorporations and allowances for some of the lowest temperatures in the State of Colorado.

 

Marble was also allocated a small cash contribution by BEST this year to construct a covered walkway for its students in the summer of 2010.

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Gunnison High School

Gunnison Watershed School District

102,800 SF

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The Gunnison High School project consists of a renovation of 63,800 gross square feet (GSF) of the existing high school building and 39,000 GSF of new construction. New program space includes an Auxiliary Gymnasium and expanded Commons area with food service warming kitchen and concessions for events. Vocational Education programs that are presently housed in a separate metal building were moved to the main high school building as part of the addition. The exterior wall construction is masonry veneer on structural metal stud backup, with some areas of metal siding on metal stud backup and aluminum storefront.

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Gunnison Valley School

Gunnison Watershed School District

4,345 SF

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The new Gunnison Valley School is an alternative high school offering unique learning opportunities for up to 32 students. The existing Valley School was two modular buildings, one of which was demolished, the other repurposed for Gunnison Watershed School District storage. Located just south of the existing Valley School, the new building houses Classrooms, Administrative spaces, Commons areas, and Support spaces. In addition to the interior space, the building is sited to allow the use of “outdoor classroom” areas.

 

The design of the new building incorporates sustainable strategies as they are implemented District-wide. These include plenty of daylight with south-facing windows, natural ventilation, high efficiency mechanical and plumbing systems and low emitting finish materials. Strategically placed overhangs reduce the heat gain created by any south-facing windows.

 

The spaces are designed to be flexible and meet the needs of differing class sizes, curriculums, and learning environments. To this end, the Commons areas will utilize some higher ceilings with interior space that offers direct access to the exterior.

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Crested Butte Community School

Gunnison Watershed School District

104,662 SF

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The Gunnison Watershed School District constructed an addition and renovation to the Crested Butte Community School that roughly doubled the size of an existing K-12 school. The facility was upgraded over several seasons and saw an addition to both the elementary and secondary facilities as well as renovations to several areas of the existing building. In cooperation with the Town and County, the secondary school addition has met LEED goals through the use of sustainable materials and practices and is a LEED Certified.

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Other Gunnison Watershed School Projects

Gunnison Community School

Lake Elementary School

 

Marble Charter School

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Garfield County School District

64,423 SF

$6 M

This project changed an existing middle school to function as an elementary school. The central interior was reconfigured to improve circulation and security, while space renovations improved appearance and visibility for younger students.

The renovation project includes new paint, carpet, lighting, and fixtures, a kitchen renovation, updating of classrooms to meet code specific to elementary schools, redesigned parking, a new entryway, and some interior construction. 

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Mesa County Valley School District 51

44 Schools

$109 M

With voter-approved funding, Mesa County Valley School District 51 together with Blythe Group + co. managed a District-wide program of upgrades and new builds. Five new Schools were built and renovations and remodels were conducted on another 39 schools. Thanks to effective schedule and budget management, the project was completed in 20 months with a $15 Million surplus. The money saved was used to construct an additional new elementary school in downtown Grand Junction. The Chipeta Elementary School was awarded LEED® Silver certification in the fall of 2008.

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Independence Academy Charter School - Grand Junction, CO

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Independence Academy Charter School

44 Schools/ 19,200 SF

$4.2 M

The project features high-performance building envelope, daylighting, views to mountains, reduced footprint, and energy consumption, flexible indoor and outdoor learning environments, student/ staff/ community collaboration, classroom technology.

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The school includes a 2-story educational wing with classrooms, administration offices, media center, and computer lab.  The performing arts wing includes a 375 seat auditorium and a band/ choir room.  The vocational/ athletics wing houses auto and wood shops, weight and wrestling rooms, locker rooms, and the main and auxiliary gyms. Blythe Group also supported the school in securing a BEST Grant.

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Salida School District

91,110 SF

$23 M

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The renovation and expansion of Rifle High School consists of three additions totaling 21,000 square feet. The largest addition was a new commons area to be used as a cafeteria and includes an assembly area with a stage. The new commons area fulfills the owner’s desire to incorporate a more prominent entry point. An expansion containing three new classrooms including a special needs classroom for students with specific physical requirements, with the third addition expanding the existing locker room facility. The existing locker room was converted into a weight training facility. More restrooms were added to meet current code requirements as well as upgrades to existing restrooms to meet ADA requirements. Modification to circulation areas was made to address security considerations. A new fire suppression system was installed, as well as upgrades to lighting and finishes throughout the facility.

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Garfield County School District​

21,000 SF

$15 M

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CNCC

3 Classroom buildings 88,300 SF

Residence Hall 5,800 SF

$15 M

This is a brand-new master-planned campus for CNCC in Craig, CO. This first phase project included site/infrastructure (grading, roads, parking lots, utilities, walks, and landscaping). 3 classroom buildings (Academic and Student Services building, Career/ Technical Center and several residence halls are planned for future phases.

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District 51 Security and Maintenance Updates - Mesa County, CO

Garfield School District Re-2 Master Plan - Garfield County, CO

Marble Charter School - Carbondale, CO

Horizons Exploratory Academy - Salida, CO

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