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Bond Fest 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
3:00 – 5:30 pm
9900 E. 51st., Denver, CO 80238

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Bond Fest    Bond Fest

It is another fall of bond and mill levy override elections in support of public school capital construction and improvements in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Chapter would like to invite you to an evening of conversation with local school district representatives about their hopes for success, the projects they hope to fund, and what it means for the design and construction industry as well as other districts around the state.

3:00 – 3:30 pm Networking
3:30 – 4:30 pm Moderated Panel Discussion
4:30 – 5:00 pm OPEN Q&A / Discussion with AUDIENCE
5:00 – 5:30 pm Networking / Adjourn

Timothy J. Reed, Executive Director Facilities and Construction at Jefferson County Schools
Wayne Blazek, Facilities Capital Planner at Douglas County School District
Andy Stine, Director of Capital Construction, Colorado Department of Education
Moderator: Cheryl Bicknell, Architect|Facility Planner, CTA Architects Engineers

$25 member / $40 non-member
$45 onsite non-member

CTA    Haselden Construction    OfficeScapes Schools    Tandus Centiva

Chapter Event – RECESS!

Thursday, March 15, 2018
3:00 – 7:00 PM
Public School 303, (PS 303)
1959 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202

Public School 303

Join us for a Membership Appreciation Happy Hour!
Enroll with us in an After School Special at PS 303, a school-themed venue with an environment to soothe the souls of those who focus on making schools great. The assignment is simply to enjoy a fun evening with friends, colleagues and classmates majoring in the subject of creating schools of choice. Come play with us! We need people like you on our team.

Download the invitation.

Easy access from Union Station or the 16th Street Mall Bus.

Sponsored by A4LE and Inline Management.

Design Awards & Holiday Party

December 7, 2017
5:30 pm

OZ Architecture
3003 Larimer Street
Denver, Colorado

Holiday Party

Rocky Mountain Chapter cordially invites you to our Design Awards & Holiday Party.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Adolfson & Peterson OfficeScapes
OZ Architecture Haselden Construction

Chapter Film Screening – “Most Likely to Succeed”

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sie Film Center (next to Tattered Cover)
2510 E Colfax, Denver
5:30 Happy hour in the lobby with Cash Bar and Concession Stand
6:45 doors open, 7:00 Screening of film with discussion to follow

$10.00 for Members and their guests (Member needs to reserve their guests' spots)
$15.00 for Non-Members
Bring your students free of charge!
Free parking behind the theater

Join us for a fun and inspirational evening with friends and colleagues at a charming venue and experience a film that is turning our old views of school upside down. This movie has been shown at festivals across the globe including the very prestigious Sundance and Tribeca festivals. It has also been shown at the regional A4LE conference in Salt Lake City this year and the CEI conference at Snowmass last year. It is a fascinating exploration of how kids learn and how our schools may need to change to provide what kids need in our changing world environment. It is a close look at what happens at High Tech High, a school putting project based learning into full practice.

If you want to check out more, go to their web site at Be sure to watch the clip about their showing at Sundance to catch the enthusiasm generated by this wonderful group of people.

“Most Likely to Succeed” is a feature-length documentary that examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today's innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize teaching as we know it, inspiring school communities to reimagine what students and teachers are capable of doing. To date, “Most Likely to Succeed” has screened for thousands of audiences around the world, igniting conversations and empowering change along the way.

From Director Greg Whiteley (Last Chance U, Mitt,) and Executive Producer Ted Dintersmith (author, Most Likely to Succeed)

Join Us for a Hard Hat Tour!

Come & Learn:
Energy-saving design strategies toward being Net Zero-ready
Innovative Learning Community design in alignment with the BVSD Strategic Plan
Flexible approaches to serving PK-8 students in a rapidly growing neighborhood
Partnering with Town of Erie in planning adjacent park layout and amenities

4pm Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Boulder Valley School District
New Meadowlark School (Erie PK-8 Campus)
2300 Meadow Sweet Lane (near the intersection of Meadow Sweet Lane and Flatiron Meadows Blvd.)
Erie, CO 80516

Free for you! ...but space is limited, so register today!
USGBC Colorado: email Dannie Miller at
More tour-day details will be provided to registrants

School Tour

Thursday, April 20, 2017
from 5:00 to 6:30 pm

Joe Shoemaker School
3333 S. Havana Street, Denver, CO 80231

Confirmed Available Panel Participants:
Christine Fleming, Principal
Donny Roush, Earth Force (now with City & County of Denver)
Susan Martini, DPS Planner (now with APS)
Matt Paull, GH Phipps
Cathy Bellem, AMD Architects
(other panelists potential to be added/replaced)

Before opening as the Joe Shoemaker School in August of 2015, four years of planning, design and construction took place for a school site known as Hampden Heights. The project was mired in heated public controversy over land use, bisected by a significant public storm system improvement, and designed in a vacuum -years away from the selection of the school administration who would live in the building and create a vision for the educational community.

Propelled by the rare advantage of a site on Cherry Creek, the project turned negative obstacles into driving opportunities; attracting municipal and non-profit partnerships as well as expeditionary experts to climb on board in realizing an exceptional expeditionary school. Named for Joe Shoemaker, founder of the Greenway Foundation and the Foundation for Colorado State Parks, the school exemplifies the legacy of a Colorado State Senator known as an educational advocate, devoted to protecting the city's waterways and natural environments.

Shovel Ready 6

March 8, 2017

 This is a rapid fire presentation where each speaker is allowed 6 slides with 6 minutes to give project highlights. "Shovel Ready 6" implies that this was a bond project where design was started at the risk of passing a bond to construct the building or addition. At the point the bond passed, the project could start. Speakers will offer thoughts for how the project was approached, how they worked with the district to make it happen, and how the process worked.

4:00 – 4:46 pm Schools Next Students
4:46 – 5:06 pm Networking
5:06 – 5:16 pm Announcements & Introductions
5:16 – 5:56 pm Presentations
5:56 – 6:36 pm Questions and Networking

Presentations by:
Aurora Public Schools, Mracek|Aurora Hills, Amy Spatz, Aurora Public Schools
Aurora Public Schools, Vista Peak, RTA
St. Vrain, Elementary School 27, Adele Willson, HCM
BVSD, Eldorado K-8, Ben Brabec, MOA
BVSD, Erie PreK-8, Brooke Schubert, Cuningham Group
Roaring Fork, PreK-8, Anne Weber, BWG

CHECK-IN: Members and guests must check in at arrival

PARKING: There will be COMPLIMENTARY valet parking

DATE: March 8, 2017
TIME: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Tandus Centiva Showroom, 1520 Market Street, Denver


THANK YOU to our Sponsor!

Bond...School Bonds!

January 25, 2017

Now that the election is over, come hear from a panel of school districts, architects and general contractors about how various districts will implement their programs, and what that means for the design and construction industries. Don't miss the latest intelligence from industry experts on what the next several years will bring.

WHO: Come and hear perspectives from three panel groups:

Academy 20, Henry Reitwiesner, Executive Director for Building Fund St. Vrain Valley School District
Todd Piccone, Director of Construction & Maintenance
Dick Huwa, RLH Engineering, representing Weld RE-4

Martha Bennett, FAIA, LEED AP
Brian Calhoun, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Alan Ford, FAIA

Don Schlacht, GH Phipps
Brad Schmahl, JHL Constructors
Tom Stone, Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Barb Von der Heydt, RMC President-Elect

WHEN: January 25, 2017
3:00 – 3:30 Networking
3:30 – 4:30 Moderated Panel Discussion
4:30 – 5:00 OPEN Q&A / Discussion with AUDIENCE

WHERE: Aurora Public Schools Professional Learning & Conference Center (PLCC), 15771 E. 1st Ave., Aurora, CO 80011

FEE: $20 Member / $35 Non-Member / $40 Onsite Non-Member

Light Refreshments provided.

THANK YOU to our Sponsors!

Holiday Design Awards Event

December 7, 2016
5:30 – 8:00 pm
OZ Architecture, 3003 Larimer Street, Denver, CO

Thank you to everyone who attended our Holiday Event.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Motion and Flexibility for the 21st Century Classroom

November 11, 2016
Location: OfficeScapes Denver Showroom
9900 E. 51st Avenue, Denver, CO 80238
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am | Breakfast Buffet at 8:00 am
Topics: Motion in the Classroom | Creating a Maker Culture

Maker Space Tours

November 3, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Sharing the 2016 Green Schools Summit theme of "Beyond the Walls", these "maker spaces" tours will show a variety of programs that strive to remove barriers to creativity and encourage design thinking for learners of all ages.

Tour Sites:
Roots Elementary School and Vickers Boys & Girls Club
Corkins Center at Graland Country Day School
Inworks at CU Denver

Opening Reception
Hosted by USGBC Colorado and Teknion
Time: 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Citron Workspaces Showroom, 3001 Brighton Blvd. #468, Denver, CO 80216

2016 Green Schools Summit

November 4, 2016
Time: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada , CO 80003

The Green Schools Summit is an annual education and networking event hosted by USGBC Colorado and organized by a dedicated group of volunteers from the Green Schools Initiative.

It is Colorado's only conference dedicated to convening green building industry professionals, school decision makers, educators and parents. The event provides a truly unique opportunity for open and productive dialogue on how to create better learning environments for our kids.

Summit Theme: "Beyond the Walls"
In addition to their positive environmental attributes, green schools support the health (physical, social, intellectual) of students, teachers, and staff by providing a healthy, safe, comfortable, and functional physical environment.

The Summit will explore how to think outside the box, or Beyond the Walls, through making connections beyond the classroom, beyond the school building, beyond the district, beyond physical and virtual borders, and beyond convention.

Meet the Rocky Mountain Board!

October 20, 2016
5:00 pm

A Focus on School Funding in Colorado

Join us for an outlook for school funding in Colorado, including updates on charter school funding strategies from the Donnell-Kay Foundation, and perspectives on bond issues from several school districts, such as Aurora, Denver, Littleton, Boulder, Thompson, and St. Vrain Valley, and more. The discussion will be moderated by Todd Snidow of George K. Baum & Co.

Thursday, June 23, 2016
3:30 Registration
4:00 Program

$10 Members / $20 Non-Members

Aurora School District
Professional Learning and Conference Center (PLCC), 15771 East 1st Ave., Aurora, CO 80111

Light refreshments will be provided by the Event Sponsor, Contrax Furnishings.


Early Childhood Education Design Conference

April 29, 2016
Auraria Campus, Tivoli Turnhalle, Denver, CO

ECE Design Partners, in collaboration with the Association for Learning Environments (formerly CEFPI), is excited to announce its 4th Annual Early Childhood Education Design Conference to be held April 29, 2016 in Denver, Colorado at the Auraria Campus, Tivoli Turnhalle. The 2016 Conference will continue its tradition of bringing together nationally recognized experts and thought leaders to highlight best practices and cutting edge research in designing, developing and managing high performance learning environments for early childhood education.

For more information, click here.

Altura Elementary Tour and Presentation

March 31, 2016

Registration: 3:30
Program: 4:00

Tour of Altura Elementary School
1650 Altura Blvd, Aurora, CO 80011
A Security Summary Presentation – An update of what has been learned and is being done regarding school Security Nationally and in Colorado.

Altura Elementary School was originally constructed in 1964 as a set of three free-standing ‘pods’ connected by open-air walkways. After 45 years of growth and changes in education, the campus was dispersed with mobile classroom units and freestanding additions. Aurora Public Schools sought to re-envision the campus with an aggressive renovation/addition project addressing site security, traffic flow, and the need for a building that would be a source of pride for students, faculty, and the community.

DCSD Innovation Summit

February 24, 2016
The Rocky Mountain Chapter will be participating in the Summit sharing information and resources on safety and security for learning environments.

Rocky Mountain Chapter Holiday Party

December 9, 2015
Cuningham Group Architecture, 601 S. Broadway Suite N, Denver, CO 80208

Holiday Exhibition & Awards Party – 5:30 pm
Awards Ceremony – 6:30 pm

Free to Members / Non-Members

A4LE at the USGBC Colorado Green Schools Summit

November 6, 2015
“Is Safety & Security Killing 21st Century Learning?”
Don’t miss the 2015 Green Schools Summit!

Rocky Mountain Chapter Board members Alan Ford, Cathy Bellem and Kari-elin Mock are facilitating a challenging and engaging panel discussion, entitled “Is Safety & Security Killing 21st Century Learning?” Panel members will each bring their unique expertise to the discussion:

  • Christine Harms, Director, Colorado Schools Safety Resource Center
  • Officer J. Baumgartner, Community Liaison Officer – Urban Development, City of Glendale Police Department
  • Susan Payne, Founder, Safe2Tell Colorado

The Rocky Mountain Chapter and its members have been consistent supporters and content providers for the Green Schools Summit since the beginning. This collaboration has proven to be of increasing benefit for both the Association and USGBC Colorado Green Schools Initiative. The Rocky Mountain Chapter will also have information available in the expo hall on membership, upcoming programs, and involvement opportunities.

Click here for more information on the Green Schools Summit.

The Summit will be held at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO 80003.

CU Denver Student Commons

September 25, 2015
1201 Larimer St, Denver 80204
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Thank you to our sponsor:

Impacts of 2015 Building Codes on School Facility Planning and Design

August 25, 2015

With the State of Colorado and various municipalities adopting the 2015 International Codes, it’s important for all involved with educational facility design and construction to be aware of the changes. Shaunna Mozingo and Steve Thomas of Colorado Code Consulting and Bill Bischof and Rob Geislinger of Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control are the featured speakers and there will be opportunities for group discussion and Q&A.

The Denver Headquarters of OfficeScapes has generously made their showroom available for hosting this educational program and networking opportunity for Association members and guests. Officescapes are also hosting a happy hour with drinks and appetizers and sharing a presentation on furniture trends!

Thank you to our sponsors!

Rocky Mountain Deaf School

June 17, 2015
10300 West Nassau Avenue, Golden CO 80235

The Rocky Mountain Deaf School (RMDS) is dedicated to providing first-class education for deaf and hard of hearing children and young adults. RMDS was awarded a 2011 BEST Grant to build a new PK-12 campus including classrooms, art rooms, science labs, digital video labs, occupational and physical therapy rooms, and a gymnasium. AMD held workshops with RMDS faculty, students, and parents to engage the community in the design process, and worked with RMDS and the Colorado Department of Education to ensure that the building’s design and budget were aligned with RMDS’ educational mission. Special attention was paid to creating a space built around the unique needs of the Deaf Community, including wider corridors to give students the space to walk while conversing via ASL; daylighting in order to provide ideal lighting conditions for visual communication while minimizing energy usage; radiant heating and cooling in classrooms to minimize mechanical vibration; and raised floors in common areas that use vibration to allow non-visual communication.

A special thank you to our sponsor:

Denver Public Schools – Emily Griffith Campus Tour

March 4, 2015

What does a school district do when faced with these issues:

  • escalating student enrollment throughout the district
  • growing residential demographics in city center
  • administrative staff occupying much-needed space in school campuses - over a dozen sites around the district
  • highly successful career programs and an alternative high school in aging building, located on prime downtown property
  • administrative offices evolved into a warren in a dated building in need of major infrastructure updates

The not-so-simple solution for Denver Public Schools was to create the Emily Griffith Center – 1860 Lincoln Street.

The 14-story building was purchased, renovated and occupied in two years, including a complete interior renovation down to the core and shell  on every floor. using a design-build model to efficiently expedite the project.

The new campus includes:

  • Downtown Denver Expeditionary School on the first and second floors. Families working downtown are thrilled to have their children nearby and the program is designed to maximize the experience of the urban environment for the students.
  • Emily Griffith High School on the third floor, provide academic alternatives, individualized and GED, for high school age students.
  • Emily Griffith Technical College on the first floor, mezzanine, and floors 3-6 includes a public cafe and career programs, which provide services to the public – like cosmetology.
  • DPS Administrative teams distributed on floors 7-12. With approximately 170 people on each floor, most in modular workstations, the majority of the staff is now co-located, promoting more interaction, collaboration, and effectiveness.
  • The 14th floor houses another commercial kitchen for staff, manned by the EGTC culinary program students, and dining, meeting, and presentation spaces for the entire district. – oh, and a beautiful view.

This program will feature a panel discussion from the project team players: DPS facility personnel, administrative liaison, design-build team members, and representative from each of the three academic program in the building.

The tour will include the program on the 14th floor, an example of the administrative floors and visits to the three schools.

Hear how the concept was developed and executed and the challenges and opportunities offered by this "mega" educational facility.

1860 Lincoln Street, 14th Floor, Denver, CO 80203
3:00 – 6:30 pm

Holiday Party and 2014 Awards Presentation

WHEN: Wednesday 3 December 2014 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: At Taxi II 2nd floor Conference Room – Hosted by Alan Ford Architects
3457 Ringsby Court, Denver CO 80216
Free parking at any visitor spot

WHY? This is a great opportunity to network with other Association colleagues and school district clients!

This is a free event, so be sure to invite lots of folks from your offices and your school district clients! Please be sure to RSVP!

2014 Rocky Mountain Chapter Award winners will be announced at the Holiday Party.

School Bond Funding Program

June 12, 2014
Adams 12 Five Star Schools – Pathways Futures Center, 550 E 124th Ave, Thornton
Time: 3:00 – 5:30 pm

Rocky Mountain Chapter Special Earth Day Event

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Red Hawk Elementary School, 1500 Telleen Ave, Erie, CO 80516
7:30 – 9:30 am

Red Hawk

Chapter Meeting

March 12, 2014
Alan Ford Architects
4 pm

Holiday Social, Awards Presentation

December 5, 2013
The Colorado based Rocky Mountain Chapter presented 9 awards to 5 school architects in recognition of their outstanding contributions to enhanced learning through exceptional architectural design. Awarded projects ranged from preschools through high schools.

Design Award (top award)
Mapleton Early Childhood Education Center for the Boulder Valley School District
Alan Ford Architects and RTA Architects

New Construction
Design Award (top award)
Holly PK-12 School for the Holly School District
RTA Architects

Early Learning Facility Tours

October 24, 2013
4-6 pm

Clayton Early Learning Centres

In conjunction with the 2013 ECE Design Conference, the Rocky Mountain Chapter will be conducting tours of the Anchor Center for Blind Children and the Clayton Early Learning Center – Educare of Denver. The tours will take place from 4-6pm on October 24, the day before the ECE Design Conference. Transportation will not be provided but carpools may be arranged if you do not have a vehicle available.

3:30 – 4:30 pm Anchor Center for Blind Children
5:00 – 6:00 pm Clayton Early Learning Center – Educare of Denver
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November 1-4, 2018
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