Lobo School of Innovation

  • Project: New School Construction
  • Type: Middle School 7-8
  • Completion Date: December 2017

Project Background

Inspired by the success of Bulldog Tech, the Evergreen School District launched a second New Tech Network school, the Lobo School of Innovation (LSI), in 2016. Initially housed in standard classrooms at Quimby Oak Middle School, LSI’s high demand programming prompted the District to partner with American Modular Systems (AMS) and Aedis Architects to create a modern campus-within-a-campus that gives LSI its own separate identity within a larger learning community. To make the most of limited real estate on the urban site, AMS reconceived the Bulldog Tech classroom design as a Gen7 Two-Story building that provides 13,160 square feet of modular flex-space in a compact footprint. Designed to fulfill multiple needs for both students and faculty, the two-story building features six 56×36 classrooms and restroom facilities on the first floor, with staff workspaces occupying the second floor.

The Gen7 Two-Story Exterior Corridor model provides outdoor access from each classroom, with covered pedestrian walkways on both levels. The state-of-the-art interior has the power infrastructure for data sharing between multiple web-enabled devices—ideal for the school’s comprehensive project-based learning and technology curriculum. Each oversized classroom has an open, flexible floorplan configurable as lecture, lab or student workspaces to support team teaching, individual study and collaboration between small and large groups. The high performance Gen7 building also integrates green technology with sustainable design for maximum energy savings. An airtight building envelope and high efficiency HVAC systems reduce energy usage as much as 60%, while ensuring superior indoor air quality throughout the building. Large low-E windows and glass doors make daylighting the primary light source, with auto-dimming LED lighting optimizing illumination for more productive learning and greater energy savings.