American School + University Magazine Features Valor Arts Building

Colorado high school breaks ground on new performing arts center

May 14, 2014 Jill Nolin

Construction will soon begin on a new visual and performing arts facility that will enable a Colorado high school to expand programming and teaching space.

Work on The Valor Center for Culture and Influence, which is expected to cost about $25 million, will start this month on the Valor Christian High School campus in Highlands Ranch near Denver. The expected completion date is next summer. 

The 83,000-square-foot, two-story center will provide space for a range of programming: instrumental and symphonic music, choral, jazz, dance, theater and stage craft classes, illustration, sculpture, design and photography.

The center will also include a 715-seat auditorium, a recording studio, dance studios, a black box theater, digital labs, small practice rooms and a television/broadcast studio.

Valor Christian High School, a college preparatory school in Highlands Ranch, expects its student population to reach 1,200 students in the next few years. 

SLATERPAULL Architects and Saunders Construction, Inc. will lead the design and construction team. LEED Gold certification is sought for the project.

“Our role as architect for the project is to blend the new Valor Center with the existing campus, while delivering innovative and highly creative spaces to allow students to explore the arts in a unique learning environment,” Adele Willson, a principal with SLATERPAULL Architects, said in a statement. See the article.