DENVER – A groundbreaking ceremony was held last month for The Cherry Creek Innovation Campus (CCIC), which is slated to open for the 2019-2020 school year.
The facility, which was funded by a voter-approved bond referendum in November 2016, is located on a 42-acre site near East Broncos Parkway and South Chambers Road, near the Denver Broncos training facility. DLR Group designed the 117,000-square-foot CCIC facility and JHL Constructors was chosen to build the innovative design.
“Today’s students need hands-on learning opportunities that allow them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills they will use in future careers,” said Pam Loeffelman, FAIA, DLR Group principal. “DLR Group’s design provides a flexible and adaptable environment that will evolve as future careers and the demands of the Colorado workforce evolve.”
The CCIC will feature a wide variety of classroom spaces and learning environments, including advanced labs, industry-specific spaces, sheltered outdoor work areas and social spaces.
“The CCIC is a perfect illustration of the Cherry Creek School District’s continued commitment to innovation and excellence,” said Cherry Creek Schools Superintendent Harry Bull. “Thanks to the support of our community, this cutting-edge facility will help prepare our students for the demands of their ever-changing world. Excellence is a moving target, and it’s always moving up; this groundbreaking is the first step in a project that will help us all keep up with the evolving demands of education.”
Under the Career and Technical Education umbrella, the CCIC will expand the district’s commitment to preparing students for the academic and professional demands of the 21st century. Career pathways at the CCIC include: Advanced Manufacturing, Business Services, Culinary/Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Infrastructure Engineering, IT/STEAM and Transportation (Aviation & Automotive).
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