The Neenan Company Complements Global Schools Mapleton Arts Center



The Neenan Company, a fully integrated design-build company based in Colorado, completed the Mapleton Public Schools Global Schools project. The Denver Metro project includes the school district’s family of International Baccalaureate (IB) licensed schools – separated into three schools – as well as the district’s Mapleton Arts Center.

Mapleton Arts Center classroom, courtesy of Paul Winner Photography.

Located on the District’s Broadway campus at I-25 and US 36 at 7480 North Broadway, the project began in 2017 with a phased approach for all four facilities, recently celebrating full completion. The neighborhood’s Broadway campus is also home to its Big Picture College & Career Academy and the Mapleton administrative offices, for which Neenan previously led the design and construction of the renovation.

“The Broadway campus has been thoughtfully and intentionally designed to support our students through every step of their unique academic journey, from kindergarten to high school,” said Superintendent of Schools Charlotte Ciancio. Global Schools replaced the nearly 60-year-old school building that originally opened as John Dewey Middle School. John Dewey’s innovative educational teachings and philosophies are reflected in every building. “The project perfectly captures the physical representation of our mission – to ensure that all students can achieve their dreams and enthusiastically contribute to their community, their country and the world.”

As a family of PYP and MYP-licensed IB schools, Global students have access to rigorous academic content in a foreign language, coding and technology, physical education, visual arts, and the arts and crafts. spectacle. The campus design concept focuses on creating a comfortable, village-like environment fostering consistency and familiarity across the experience of students from preschool to high school, embodying the “small by design” approach. of the district. The four new buildings each have specific exterior architectural features surrounding a central field creating a flexible setting for school activities, outdoor classrooms and community events.

The on-campus Global Primary Academy serves students from Kindergarten to Grade 3, as well as a toddler program for one and two year olds. The 42,000 square foot, two story school accommodates 300 students and is designed to meet the educational needs of Mapleton’s youngest learners. The school library is located in the center of the building and features a treehouse-style loft to create an engaging and heartwarming space for learning. Pre-kindergarten classes have dedicated spaces and playgrounds specially designed to accommodate children of this age and level of learning.

The Global Intermediate Academy accommodates approximately 350 students in grades four to eight in a 46,000 square foot, two story building. The facility houses a comprehensive two-level library serving all students on the Broadway campus, as well as a design technology lab. Each grade level is co-located in its own “neighborhood” within the school, with relaxation areas designed for student collaboration outside of physical classrooms.

The Global Leadership Academy welcomes 400 students from grades 9 to 12. The 65,000 square foot, three story school features a competition gymnasium and a synthetic turf soccer field. The Broadway campus also includes recreation grounds, playgrounds, and basketball courts, designed for students and the community.

The campus is also home to the Mapleton Art Center, open to all students in the district. The 30,000-square-foot Mapleton Arts Center features a 900-seat auditorium, classrooms, practice space, and showcases professional-level acoustic designs. Known for its strong performing arts program, Mapleton offers a full spectrum: theater, orchestra, band, choir, color guard, mariachi and jazz band.

“We started the Broadway Campus Master Plan in 2005. It is more than gratifying to see over 15 years of focus, energy, creativity and thoughtful planning result in an environment where students will thrive. throughout their educational journey, ”said Joe Glaze. , project manager at The Neenan Company. “We see the Broadway campus as a heritage project for our team. This is the heart of what we strive to accomplish at Neenan: fostering partnership with our customers while providing unique solutions to solve complex community needs.

The Neenan Company has a long history with Mapleton Public Schools, previously serving as a design-build partner for 17 school projects with the district since 2005. Also located on the Broadway campus, Neenan completed Big Picture College & College in 2017. Mapleton Career Academy – a high school offering early college guidance – as well as the IDEA Lab – a project-based learning center – and district administrative offices. The Neenan company has also carried out several bond campaigns, master plans, renovations, additions and new installations since 2005.


William E. Bennett