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Celebrating New Learning Environments in 31 Districts Nationwide

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Celebrating New Learning Environments in 31 Districts Nationwide

(September 16, 2019) – As the 2019-20 school season gets underway, more than 25,000 students across 31 districts in the country are learning in a new or renovated facility designed by DLR Group.

DLR Group designed nearly 2.5 million SF of education space, with an approximate construction value of $570 million. Some of the facilities include:

Double height atrium with learning stairs, right, to 2nd floor hallway and classrooms. Mixed seating below with wood accents

The Cherry Creek Innovation Campus in the Cherry Creek School District expands career and technical program opportunities and serves as a college and career readiness hub for 11th and 12th grade students across the district. DLR Group’s design incorporates critical input from business partners who established baseline needs and space parameters for authentic learning environments that support career pathways, including real-world training and trade certification activities. The 117,000 SF campus encompasses a variety of instructional, lab, and social spaces where students can work individually or in teams as they progress through their chosen career pathway. In addition to onsite instruction at CCIC, students are also offered internships and apprenticeships in a variety of career fields.

rendering of exterior of maury elementary school, a 3 story grey building with large windows on round corner

Maury Elementary School in Washington, DC by DLR Group. Rendering © DLR Group.

The Maury Elementary School in the District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC offers updated educational spaces to enhance learning and, in response to a growing student population, includes a significant addition that expands the building’s capacity from 360 students to 539 students at a new 70,000 SF. Located in Washington DC’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Maury Elementary School was originally constructed in 1886. A glass-edged discovery commons seamlessly connects historic and new components of the school, celebrating the original iconic historic cornerstone building and amplifying transparency and indoor-outdoor connections. Maury Elementary School features flexible instructional spaces, such as music and art classrooms, science labs, and collaboration areas designed to adapt over time. A maker space is used for hands-on and project-based learning.

In Irvine, California, DLR Group designed two schools for the Irvine Unified School District. The re-envisioned Eastshore Elementary School campus renovates an existing wing to create new spaces to house the kindergarten program. New kindergarten classrooms share an activities center and a new play yard occupying a landscaped area at the front of the school. Existing classrooms have been converted into an exploratory design lab to allow for hands-on and interactive learning activities. In addition, DLR Group’s design for the Venado Middle School expansion includes a new science lab building consisting of five labs and a connected lab storage and preparation area. Each lab is designed for flexibility with perimeter utilities and movable furniture to support several options for instructional configuration. The facility is also connected to an outdoor learning patio to further expand the science program’s instructional space.

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