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

“I am writing this letter of recommendation on your behalf regarding Lloyd Construction’s performance as the Construction Manager at Risk for Empire High School, Vail Theatre of the Arts, Vail Academy & High School, Ocotillo Elementary School, and most recently, Andrada Polytechnic & Pantano High Schools.

Beginning with the first project, Empire High School, your firm has consistently met all the challenges that each project presented. Empire High School was the nation’s first all-laptop high school and Lloyd Construction was able to work with us to ensure that this high school was state-of-the-art. Vail Academy & High School was completed on a very fast-track schedule to ensure that the new K-12 school would be ready for opening day. This school earned LEED Gold in large part due to Lloyd Construction’s efforts to build a sustainable school.

Your entire team worked with the District and with the design team, to ensure that all of these projects were not only completed on time, but also with a high degree of quality and without any additional funds beyond the original Guaranteed Maximum Price. Vail School District has been extremely pleased with your performance on all five projects, and we look forward to continuing to work with you as our district grows.”

—Albert D. Flores
Director of Facilities & Transportation (retired)
Vail School District