Canyon View High SchoolUnincorporated Maricopa County, AZ
Design Achievement - For this project, the Agua Fria Union High School District’s team defined this vision: blurring the lines between ages and abilities, we will foster authentic learning and curricular exploration by expanding the definition of what a “place based” High School can be. DLR Group’s design emphasizes spatial flexibility and sustainability as primary means of fulfilling the District’s goals. the new facility will offer the opportunity to strengthen relationships, foster multiple pedagogies in order to better individualize learning opportunities and nurture a culture that is student focused and faculty guided. Classroom ownership will be transferred to the collective school, with students having greater freedom to explore curriculum wherever that may physically take them within. Classes will have the flexibility to be held in spaces designed to the suit the learning of the moment and adjust when necessary. Communication and respect will be a core principle underpinning the success of this scheduling arrangement. The facility will further become home to a first of its kind Teaching and Learning Accelerator, an open source incubator for the art of teaching and learning. Faculty from around the district and beyond will come develop and practice modern pedagogies, visiting speakers will be afforded opportunities to share their knowledge, and students and community will come to partner and explore - not just teach to student frameworks, but also student to student and even student to teacher norms.
Scope Summary – The project comprises a new, approximately 225,000 SF high school. Sustainable design includes adoption of a new approach called Viewing Architecture through the Lens of User Experience for Sustainability (VALUES). VALUES targets a metrics-based approach to evaluating the user experience of space and sustainable design strategies. Findings from these metrics will enable data-based design decision-making. DLR Group is providing planning, architecture, engineering and interiors services.