Breaking ground on the new DPS greenhouse, we are excited to be part of this project! Also, see the 9News article below.
New DPS greenhouse will grow food for students
The new five-acre greenhouse will be the first of its kind in the nation.
Credit: Denver Public Schools
Author: Mallory Davis
DENVER— Denver Public School (DPS) students will soon be able to enjoy fruits and vegetables grown in the district's own commercial greenhouse. DPS officials broke ground on the five-acre, $4 million project Tuesday.
The new greenhouse, which should be plant-ready in late spring 2022, is the first of its kind in the nation to grow "salad bowl" items for students. DPS Food and Nutrition Services team members will start with cherry tomatoes and tomatoes on the vine. Then they will move on to other vegetables and fruits like leafy greens, peppers, cucumbers and strawberries. Any excess produce will be sold to other regional school districts and retail/wholesale buyers, said DPS.
Credit: Denver Public Schools
DPS Food and Nutrition Services began the greenhouse effort more than six years ago. It is being financed by grants from Healthy Food for Denver Kids and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, along with bond funding from Denver voters and other district funds.
Read the full story on 9News
We are a approaching the completion of the Brady Exploration School Addition/Lobby!
Beautiful drone shots from our contractor, The Lyons Middle/Senior Auditorium is only a couple of months away from completion!
Check out the progress made on the Brady Exploration School Addition / Lobby!
We are excited to welcome Angelina Gonzalez and Filimon Alvarez to our Alan Ford Architects team!
Construction is progressing on the Lyons Middle/Senior Auditorium addition. Here is a drone shot from our contractor, Golden Triangle Construction showing the auditorium in the foreground.
Phase I construction of the Brady Exploration School is underway and below is the site of the future addition/lobby. Check back for updates as the construction ramps up!
Construction is wrapping up on our renovation project at DPS South High School. Here are images of the revamped counseling center and front office.
Construction continues on the Lyons Middle/Senior Auditorium addition!
Our firm keeps growing—welcome to the AFA family Natalie, Vera, Jude and Luke!
Construction at Stevinson Porsche is complete! The Littleton dealership is now open for business.
AFA's team of educational facilities experts has gathered research to help guide school administrators on adapting to social distancing recommendations in the wake of a pandemic. Our first article focuses on site access in an educational context. Stay tuned for future issues addressing circulation, classroom distancing and miscellaneous spaces.
Educational Facilities Design: Covid-19 Prevention and Management in K-12 Schools
Construction at Stevinson Porsche is nearing completion!
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Work is starting on Phase I of the Brady Exploration School project! AFA developed a master plan for improvements based on the 2018 Jefferson County School District Bond and we are moving forward into Schematic Design.
AFA is excited to be partnering with CSHQA on several renovation projects recently awarded by the Emmett School District in western Idaho! Located in the scenic Valley of Plenty, the Emmett School District is one of three original charter school districts and was established before Idaho became a state. It is comprised of Gem County and a small portion of Boise County and serves approximately 2,600 students.
Design of the Early Childhood Center at Golden's School of Mines is taking shape, check out fly-throughs of potential options:
School of Mines ECE Center (one-story video)
School of Mines ECE Center (two-story video)
Twelve years after its initial publication, Alan Ford's Designing the Sustainable School has been recognized as one of the 10 Best Books on School Design of 2019.
We are happy to welcome Anshu Darbari to AFA! Anshu is enrolled in the Master of Urban Design program at the University of Colorado-Denver and holds an undergraduate degree in architecture. She has four years of professional experience as a registered architect in India and has been involved in various projects from conceptual development to designing and detailing.
Denver Public Schools has awarded two bundles of renovation work to Alan Ford Architects. Scope of the work will take place at numerous schools within the district.
AFA has started work on a master plan and building/site improvements for Brady Exploration School in Lakewood, CO.
AFA has partnered with RDG Architects to design a new ECE Center for Colorado School of Mines in Golden. Work is underway!
Construction is coming along at Stevinson Porsche!
Alan Ford Architects is pleased to announce a $5 million theater project at Lyons Middle/Senior High School to start this fall.
Construction is in full swing at Stevinson Porsche!
We are excited to announce that Gabe Robinson has joined the Alan Ford Architects team! Gabe joins us after receiving his Masters from UCD. Welcome to the team Gabe!
The Montbello High School Cafeteria and Student Commons Remodel is coming along!
CSHQA and Alan Ford Architects are excited to start a master plan and feasibility study for Rocky Mountain SER to convert Spann and Somerlid Elementary Schools to accommodate ECE in Pueblo, Colorado.
Breaking ground on Stevinson Porsche!
AFA is happy to welcome Mercedes Chaparro to our staff! She started in November, moving from Washington DC to Colorado.
AFA is happy to welcome Bryan Sapp to our staff! He started this June helping out with a busy summer. We are also excited to announce a new project with Denver Public Schools, working on Montbello High School. Also in the works, multiple automotive projects...stay tuned!
If you head up to Long's Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park be sure to check out the student projects by one of our own's design-build class (Colorado Building Workshop)! Intan and her classmates designed and fabricated backcountry privies for the park.
Congratulations to Hayden School District, which was awarded a BEST Grant which follows the passing of their local bond measure in the fall of 2017! The district is now poised to move forward with the $61,000,000 project! Alan Ford Architects headed up the Hayden School District master plan which began May 2016 and concluded with the BEST grant application in March of 2018.
Alan Ford Architects has begun work on a preliminary master plan for Trinity Catholic PK-8 school in Tallahassee, Florida to help in shaping a vision for the campus. April 2018 AFA helped to host the Early Childhood Education Design Conference, April 26 - 27th, in Denver, Colorado. Check out the website for more information.
Early Childhood Design Conference
AFA is excited to welcome Heather Morrow to the team! Alan Ford Architects is currently helping to plan the Early Childhood Education Design Conference, taking place April 27th. Check out the website for more info: Early Childhood Design Conference
Alan Ford Architects is excited to welcome Tyler Michieli to the team! Tyler is a Colorado licensed architect with experience in higher education, PK-12 and residential design.
Alan Ford Architects is awarded an AIA 2017 Design Award for Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity Duplex! The project is Located in Kittredge, Colorado and is the winner of multiple design awards, being included as 1 of 6 projects to receive Best in State. Check out these links for information about our awards and the other winners:
AIA Colorado Design Awards 2017
Mile High Acre News
Alan Ford Architects, along with the architectural firm CSHQA, is awarded the master planning project for Sierra Grande School District.
Alan Ford Architects celebrates its 10 year anniversary on June 1st! Informal gathering at Blue Moon Brewery.
Student Intan Yokelson joins Alan Ford Architects from CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning!
We are excited to welcome Whitney Grant and Jesse Sherr to Alan Ford Architects! Jesse comes to us from Berkeley College of Environmental Design and Whitney is a graduate of Mississippi State University College of Art and Design.
Construction documents for the historic Staunton State Park cabins are completed.
Studiotrope in association with Alan Ford Architects was selected for two projects with school district 27J: Overland Trail Middle School and Northeast Elementary School. OPENair Academy at the Stanley Marketplace is opened for students.
Alan Ford Architects was awarded the campus master plan for the Denver Waldorf School.
Construction has begun on the Stanley OPENair Academy ECE and is expected to be completed in November of this year.
Alan Ford Architects, P.C. has been awarded the Hayden School District Facility Master Planning project. This project will assess the current educational facilities in Hayden, Colorado and help the school district accommodate their future needs.
Alan Ford Architects along with ECE design partners, and A4LE hosted the fourth annual international Early Childhood Design Conference with over 250 attendees from across the USA and Canada.
We are pleased to welcome Amanda Spice and Dennis Brunner to Alan Ford Architects! Amanda recently moved to Denver from Richmond, Virginia where she worked for Gresham, Smith & Partners. Dennis is a graduate student at CU Denver who will be completing his Master of Architecture degree in December.
Colorado State Parks has selected Alan Ford Architects to create the historic structures rehabilitation plan for 7 structures in the Staunton State Park Historic Landscape District.
Alan Ford Architects is currently collaborating with our ECE Design Partners in planning the 2016 Early Childhood Education Design Conference at Auraria Campus. DECEMBER 2015 The recently completed Kim School held their grand opening celebration this month and will begin hosting classes in January.