The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) held its Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Awards virtually on December 14, 2020 where Hollis + Miller Architects received the President’s Award for its work on Colorado Skies Academy. A4LE is an organization dedicated to learning environments whose sole mission is to improve the places where children learn by leading innovation at the intersection of learning and place.
Colorado Skies Academy was honored with the President’s Award, a recognition typically given to a person. However, the jury continually returned to the outstanding project design and unique achievements and ultimately awarded it this prestigious honor. Colorado Skies Academy, part of the Cherry Creek School District, is a charter school accommodating 375 students grades 6-8 in Centennial, Colo. The flight-based STEM curriculum is a unique collaboration between the Maker Learning Network and Wings Over the Rockies, offering students a glimpse at careers in aviation and hands-on learning opportunities with professionals. Situated right off the runway of Centennial airport and as part of the Exploration of Flight campus, there are endless immersive opportunities for the students of Colorado Skies Academy.
“We are so grateful for all Hollis + Miller has done in creating this wonderful building for us — we absolutely love it!” said Colorado Skies School Director Suzanne Acheson. “Here, learners’ projects are realistic and they can see, touch and hear all things aerospace to create real-world connections to what they’re learning.”
Colorado Skies Academy is the culmination of many stakeholder groups coming together to co-create a learning environment supporting social-emotional development of students, as well as professional development opportunities.
“From initial curriculum and facility discussions to exciting graphics and fine details, this project has truly been a team effort and we are proud to have been a part of it,” said Chris Heinz, Hollis + Miller partner in charge of the project. Additional project contributors include JHL Constructors, The Ballard Group, Corey Electrical Engineering, Tope Landscape Architecture and TJCivil. The 2020 A4LE Rocky Mountain awards included more than 20 submissions for projects across the region.