Northfield High School at Paul Sandoval Campus
Best Project

Owner Denver Public Schools
Lead Design LOA Architecture
Civil Engineer JVA Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer S. A. Miro Inc.
MEP Engineer ME Engineers
General Contractor GE Johnson Construction Co.

The 40-acre Northfield High School campus in Stapleton became the first new high school built for Denver Public Schools in 30 years. Key elements of the multiphase project include a two-story, 85,000-sq-ft academic building, a 38,000-sq-ft gymnasium and a sports complex with softball and baseball fields, tennis courts, a running track and a multisport turf field. The academic building houses classrooms, laboratories and a two-story atrium. The gym includes a basketball court, weight and fitness rooms, and locker rooms.

The high school breaks tradition by grouping buildings into a campus configuration, similar to a college. The design created flexible learning spaces, classrooms with 21st-century technology, small breakout spaces and a variety of seating areas to foster more student-teacher interaction, inquiry and creativity.

The exterior building components all come together in various ways through transitions, waterproofing, insulation and architectural-finish material. These systems were collectively evaluated for product requirements and sequencing to meet the project’s high-quality goals.

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