Architect selected to lead design for new CTE programs

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:00am
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District to add second CTE campus, renovate existing space

Adams 12 Five Star Schools has selected Cuningham Group Architecture to lead the work to re-design existing Career and Technical Education space and develop a second CTE campus.

The Five Star Schools Bond Program has paved the way for a significant expansion into CTE programming for students.

The bond includes money for the creation of a new CTE campus in a centrally-located part of the district as well as funding to renovate and improve the existing Bollman Technical Education Center.

The district has seen a spike in CTE interest as more students look for new pathways to in-demand careers with competitive salaries. The increased interest has led to a struggle to keep up with that demand because of limited space and the district has turned away more than 1,200 interested students since 2012.

The district anticipates it will be able to accommodate 80 percent more students across the district interested in CTE programming with the creation of a second campus.

Cuningham Group has relevant CTE-related educational programming experience including the design of the new Pathways Innovation Center, part of Natrona County Schools in Casper, Wyo., and the new Alexandria Area High School in Alexandria, Minn.

They will help the district and its CTE stakeholders create a vision for what the renovated space inside Bollman and a new CTE campus could look like with an emphasis on flexible space that can allow the district to adapt to the changing needs of CTE.

“Cuningham Group Architecture is thrilled to be selected for the new Adams 12 Five Star Schools Career and Technical Education Center and the renovation of the existing Bollman Technical Education Center,” said Paul Hutton, principal in charge of the two projects.  “We believe that effective career and technical education is crucial to the success of the district and its students because it answers the fundamental questions of ‘Why should I be interested in academics?’ and ‘What does this have to do with the rest of my life?’  We look forward to collaborating with the district to design spaces that are innovative, cost-effective, and provide optimal conditions for learning.”

The district continues to evaluate potential locations for a new CTE campus and is weighing all potential options including building a new facility or renovating existing property to fit the needs of a CTE campus.

A new CTE campus is tentatively scheduled to open sometime between 2019 and 2020 and renovations for Bollman Tech are scheduled to begin in 2019.

Cuningham is also leading the design process for three of the district’s first eight school renovation projects at Westview, North Mor and Stukey elementary schools.

The architectural firm has offices across the country, including Denver, and three international offices.