SLATERPAULL, Valor & Saunders Break Ground on Arts Building

Highlands Ranch, CO (May 5, 2014) – Valor Christian High School, SLATERPAULL Architects and Saunders Construction, Inc. announce that they broke ground on The Valor Center for Culture and Influence, a  83,000-square-foot visual and performing arts building and extension of the school’s existing college preparatory campus. The two-story facility will expand upon Valor’s dedication to the arts with an extensive visual and performing arts curriculum, while increasing teaching space for the school to grow to a projected enrollment of 1200 students.

The design and construction team for The Valor Center is led by SLATERPAULL and Saunders who designed and built the academics building, athletics building, stadium and chapel. The architecture for the arts center will complement the traditional brick and stone character of the existing campus. Spaces such as the main lobby, art galleries, bistro and event lobby will connect either directly or visually with the outdoor quads on campus, allowing students to easily migrate between buildings. This project is also targeting LEED Gold certification.

"We are thrilled to announce the groundbreaking for The Valor Center for Culture and Influence. Since our inception we have planned for specialized facilities for all of our programs and we look forward to enhancing our campus in advance of our vision,” says Kurt Unruh, head of school. “We have a high vision for our students and The Valor Center will help us instruct and prepare our students to become leaders in culture, business, arts, media, education and beyond.”

Construction will begin this month on The Valor Center, which will provide space for instrumental and symphonic music, choral, jazz, dance, theater and stage craft classes, as well as television production, illustration, sculpture, design and photography. The facility will house a 715-seat auditorium as the core of the music and drama programs and will serve as a common assembly space for a variety of instructional programs. The facility will also be home to the music program, a professional-level recording studio, visual arts classrooms, a photography suite, dance studios, a black box theater and a television/broadcast studio. The program classrooms will be supported by numerous digital media labs and small practice rooms for various rehearsals. The addition of The Valor Center will increase the number of total teaching spaces from 55 to 75, with 22 of those tailored for specialized instruction in arts and media.

“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,” says Adele Willson, AIA, LEED AP, principal, SLATERPAULL Architects.


Valor Christian High School is a college-preparatory high school based on a vision that values biblical principals and emphasizes the highest level of academic, athletic, and artistic achievement.  The motto, “Influence through Excellence” speaks to the mission of preparing students to be highly successful, Christ-centered, influential leaders in whatever career they pursue. Valor is located at 3775 Grace Boulevard in Highlands Ranch, CO. For more information, visit

 About SLATERPAULL Architects

SLATERPAULL Architects is a Denver-based architecture practice celebrating over 40 years in business. A leader in the design of educational spaces, historic preservation and building renovation, SLATERPAULL Architects is dedicated to creating community-enhancing environments that reflect the firm’s commitment to ‘Design for a Sustainable Future.’ For more information, visit


Saunders Construction, Inc. serves the commercial building industry as a full-service general contractor and construction manager. A leader in the Colorado construction industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders' experience includes everything from well-known multi-use complexes, education, healthcare, municipal buildings, residential and office buildings, to retail centers, tenant-improvement projects. Serving the Denver Metro Area and Colorado's Front Range, Saunders is one of the region's largest general contractors and is the recipient of more than 100 industry awards for its construction excellence, employee achievements and community contributions. For more information, visit