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Pine Ridge Elementary School, Aurora, Colorado

Pine Ridge Elementary School
Pine Ridge Elementary School
Pine Ridge Elementary School
Pine Ridge Elementary School
Pine Ridge Elementary School
Pine Ridge Elementary School
Pine Ridge Elementary School
Pine Ridge Elementary School


The sixth generation of a prototypical design that was created in 1985, Pine Ridge, completed in Fall of 2010, incorporates the latest requirements of the District’s Educational Specifications.

The current design for these schools is the result of ongoing evaluation of the elementary school in response to changing community needs and new school programs. The facility refinements provide space inside the building for a variety of educational programs that did not exist when the school was first developed. The 68,866 SF school facility is broken down into three educational pods each with eight classrooms, grouped around centrally located support centers. The ability for the facility to be used by the community neighborhood after hours is integrated into the design.

The following Sustainable Design Features were incorporated into the District’s prototype elementary design to promote energy savings, enhance the interior environment and improve Student performance.

  • Follows LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) guidelines.
  • Site designed to reduce and treat storm water runoff utilizing native Xeric turf grasses and plant materials.
  • Site lighting is designed to reduce light pollution to adjacent properties.
  • Irrigation designed to substantially reduce water consumption.
  • Domestic water consumption is reduced.
  • Energy consumption is reduced by the use of high efficiency boilers and ice storage thermal cooling.
  • No ozone depleting CFC’s or HCFC’s are used in mechanical equipment.
  • Additional ventilation is provided for improved indoor air quality.
  • Low emitting materials are used for improved indoor air quality and reduced building maintenance.
  • FSC Certified wood is utilized.
  • Extensive use of daylighting with “state of the art” electric light controls - saving energy and enhancing the teaching and learning environment for increased productivity, improved test scores and decreased absenteeism.
  • Photo Voltaic (PV) electric generation monitoring educational / demonstra-tion area for Students, Faculty, Parents and the Community.
  • No use of urea formaldehyde in materials, improving indoor air quality.
  • Recycled content in construction materials.
  • Much of the building material came from regional sources within 500 miles of the site.
  • Cabling infrastructure provided for state of the art technology, network, communications, and security systems.
  • Construction waste recycling will divert landfill contribution and reduce the impact of the school on the environment.