In 2002, Colorado Academy addressed its aging Knowles Upper School. The major issues included poor building circulation, limited locker space, and a need for three more classrooms. In addition, the building needed a new fire alarm, a sprinkler system, and a new telephone system. Finally, repairs had to be made to the roof, HVAC system, exterior masonry, bathrooms, and building finishes both inside and out. The schedule requirements of completing all construction during the summer break made the project more complex.
To solve the major issues, a new wing was constructed, which added six new classrooms and a new hallway. The final project also included new building paint schemes inside and out, new carpet, a new formal lobby, study/gathering spaces, and four locker alcoves. Due to rigorous collaborative efforts between the construction, owner, and design teams, the renovation work was completed on time and the new addition, one month ahead of schedule. Today, the building functions as a tool able to enhance the learning environment for Knowles Upper School.