Photo by Ed LaCasse, courtesy Tubelite.
Photo by Ed LaCasse, courtesy Tubelite.

Denver Public Schools’ Evie Garrett Dennis Campus is the first facility within the district to obtain LEED Gold certification from the USGBC.Located in the Green Valley Ranch area of northeast Denver, the campus will serve 1,700 students in three separate schools. Two schools are open; the third is slated to open in fall 2011. The 35-acre campus hosts four separate buildings totaling 190,000 square feet. Designed to resemble a college campus, the grounds include a shared space in a new student union and new regional sports complex. DLR Group of Denver, led the design efforts. Two of the four buildings are classified as net zero-energy facilities.

Environmental initiatives include geothermal heating and cooling, solar power, extensive daylighting, water conservation, environmentally friendly materials, enhanced indoor air quality, and optimal operational and maintenance practices. Also contributing to the sustainability and aesthetic requirements are entrance systems from Tubelite, manufactured using EcoLuminum, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition.

Each classroom on the technologically advanced campus offers an interactive whiteboard. Touch-screen TVs are scattered throughout the four main buildings and computer network and Wi-Fi capabilities encourage campus-wide connectivity.

In addition to DLR Group, other project team members include contractor, Saunders Construction, Centennial, Colo.; developer, HC Development/Oakwood Homes, Denver; and glazing contractor, Metropolitan Glass, Denver.