Expanding opportunities for two rustic outdoor laboratory schools

Jefferson County School District, Windy Peak and Mount Evans Outdoor Laboratory Master Plans, Bailey, CO

To prepare for future growth, we partnered with Windy Peak and Mount Evans Outdoor Laboratory Schools on an extensive master plan. The goal was to expand opportunities with enhanced facilities where students laboratory schools give students an opportunity to explore and experience earth science, wildlife biology, astronomy and forestry in a unique mountain setting.

Our design team developed the master plans with a sizable Design Advisory Group comprised of the academic director of the program, both principals, teachers, members of the Outdoor Lab Foundation, community members and the district’s planning and design personnel. The final plan included all of these diverse perspectives, in addition to assessments of current facilities and the site, plans for expanding existing buildings, and clear vision for the educational environment Windy Peak and Mount Evans Outdoor Laboratory Schools seek to create.