Vail Academy and High School Entrance
Outdoor Open space
Vail Academy and High School
Lloyd Construction partnered with Vail School District to complete the Vail Academy and High School, a new 35,000 square foot K-12 charter school for 450 students. The start of construction was delayed by several months, but the District required the school to be open for the start of the 2010 school year. By working very closely with Swaim Associates, Lloyd Construction was able to complete the new school in just 8 months. The project received LEED Gold Certification.
The school’s curriculum focuses on science, technology, engineering, math, and business with opportunities to apply knowledge in real-world settings. Special features include smart boards, daylighting, and views in every classroom, as well as outdoor learning space. Additional outdoor amenities include a shaded play structure, for the younger students, and a basketball court and soccer field for the older students. With the school’s emphasis on technology, special attention was given to adaptability for future technologies.
Some of the features that helped us reach our LEED goals include the use of solar power, wind power, water harvesting, and exemplary performance in maximizing open space. We achieved the maximum points for energy efficiency, which is 42% more efficient than the standard for new buildings. We also received the maximum points for the utilization of recycled content, regional materials, and rapidly renewable material. This was achieved by working as a team with the architect to select materials that would help in both categories during the design and budgeting phase of the project.
Project Owner: Vail School District
Project Architect: Swaim Associates Ltd
LEED Info: Vail Academy and High School
Award Info: 2010 MPA Common Ground Award for Architecture, Planning & Design
—Albert D. Flores Director of Facilities & Transportation (retired) Vail School District