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Black Forest Hills Elementary, Aurora, Colorado

Black Forest Hills Elementary
Black Forest Hills Elementary
Black Forest Hills Elementary
Black Forest Hills Elementary
Black Forest Hills Elementary
Black Forest Hills Elementary


Funded by the 2008 Bond Election, the new elementary school for the Cherry Creek School District sits on a 9.5 acre site in eastern Aurora, Colorado. The new high performance designed elementary school will serve the growing community in this part of the District. The 68,866 square foot school will accommodate 650 students.

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

Sustainable, high performance features include . . .
  • Follows LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) guidelines.
  • Site designed to reduce and treat storm water runoff.
  • Landscape design utilizes native Xeric turf grasses and plant materials.
  • Irrigation system designed to substantially reduce water consumption .
  • Domestic water consumption is reduced.
  • Energy consumption is reduced by the use of high efficiency boilers, ice storage thermal cooling, energy efficient motors and digital temperature control system.
  • No ozone depleting CFC’s or HCFC’s are used in mechanical equipment.
  • Additional ventilation is provided for improved indoor air quality.
  • Low emitting and urea formaldehyde free materials are used for improved indoor air quality.
  • FSC Certified wood is utilized.
  • Site lighting is designed to reduce light pollution to adjacent properties.
  • Extensive use of daylighting with “state of the art” electronic light controls - saving energy and enhancing the teaching and learning environment. Anticipated outcomes include increased productivity, improved test scores and decreased absenteeism.
  • Photo Voltaic (PV) electric generation monitoring educational / demonstration area for Students, Faculty, Parents and the Community.
  • Recycled content in construction materials.
  • Much of the building material will come 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.