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B&P Reaches 100 USGBC LEED Project Milestone


Bridgers & Paxton is thrilled to reach the “100” LEED Project certified by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). According to its USGBC website, “LEED certification means healthier, more productive places, reduced stress on the environment by encouraging energy and resource-efficient buildings, and savings from increased building value, higher lease rates and decreased utility costs.” This is certainly a team effort with LEED accredited professionals located in all our offices. We want to thank all our community partners who helped us achieve this milestone!

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Gazette: Atlas Prep breaks ground on inaugural elementary school in southeast Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Atlas Preparatory School opened as a Harrison School District 2-authorized charter school in 2009 with 80 fifth- graders.

The school now enrolls 970 fifth through 12th grade students and recently broke ground on a new elementary school. Atlas Prep Elementary will open in one year and serve preschool through fourth grade students, for a pre-K-12 slate.

“It is with the same giddy excitement of a fifth-grader with an eager attitude toward learning and embracing the angsty feelings of adolescence that Atlas is entering into the next phase of its existence,” said Executive Director Brittney Stroh.

The elementary school will open in the fall of 2020 with 120 kindergarten and first grade students and grow to 300 students.

The building in southeastern Colorado Springs near the main school at South Academy and Fountain boulevards will feature play spaces, learning labs, reading corners, a gymnasium and an athletic facility.

Atlas Prep continues to follow the premise that students with significant socioeconomic disadvantages can achieve the academic and character growth necessary to experience lifelong self-fulfillment.

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B&P provided MEPT Engineering Design Services.

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CSBJ – Best in Business 2019: Construction, Design & Engineering

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Our Colorado Springs office was voted 2nd Best Engineering Firm (out of 37 entries) in the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s “Best in Business 2019” community-wide vote. Bridgers & Paxton is honored to receive this recognition as we continue to provide innovative and dependable MEP engineering solutions for our clients. Thank you, Colorado Springs, for this vote of confidence!

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Gazette: New middle school in Academy D-20 not the same old, same old concept (Chinook Trails Middle School)

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Chinook Trail Middle School is not your father’s school. It’s not your sibling’s, either.

The $47.5 million building, undergoing finishing touches before classes start Aug. 15, is a complete custom design with the latest innovations in school construction. It’s opening Tuesday, Aug. 13, with a 2:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“This is 100 percent original,” Academy School District 20 spokeswoman Allison Cortez said during a sneak peek at the project, which is being funded by a 2016 voter-approved $230 million bond measure.

The design took more than a year to complete, Cortez said. Architects RTA and MOA worked with an advisory group to create the layout and features. Bryan Construction is the general contractor.

Ideas were collected from staff, parents and more than 100 sixth- through eighth-graders who will attend the school in the Cordera neighborhood in northeast Colorado Springs.

Teens wanted a coffee shop feel in the library, so that’s what they’re getting. Comfortable soft seating, such as vinyl sectionals, was requested and delivered.

Cases that hold books are on wheels and movable.

Flexibility of space is a prominent feature of the two-story building, said Principal Tom Andrew, who’s entering his 21st year with D-20, most recently as principal at High Plains Elementary School.

“We’re encouraging a lot of voice and choice for students on how they’ll learn,” he said.

Learning pods, with four core-subject classrooms that jut out from a common center, have three heights of seating. They range from barstools bellying up to high tables to low tables with wiggly stools and ergonomically correct chairs. Garage-style doors can be pulled shut to isolate classrooms, if needed.

There are three learning pods per grade. The style is new for D-20, Andrew said.

The cafeteria tables fold up and away to make room for stadium seating for 360 when the lunchroom is used as an auditorium. Band, orchestra, drama and choir students will perform there.

Note:  B&P provided engineer design services.

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Gazette: Expanded Challenger Learning Center to hold community grand opening Saturday with planetarium shows, space simulations

Colorado Springs, Colorado

The new Challenger Learning Center of Colorado, which engages children in hands-on space education through STEM curriculum and application, has doubled in size. Programming has expanded, too, to offer space- and science-related programs to all Colorado Springs residents, instead of primarily middle school students and teachers. “We don’t want to be a secret,” said Ron Bush, vice president of education. The center, which pays homage to the passion of the 1986 Challenger Shuttle Mission, was dedicated Thursday. Envision a 40-seat planetarium with interactive shows and a transporter that “launches” children into space using go-kart seats equipped with subwoofers that simulate the real deal. Picture a large briefing room where students receive their instructions for a trip to Mars or other destination, and an upgraded flight simulator, space station and a high-tech mission control center that tracks the spacecraft. The center also has a mission control console from the 1969 Apollo 11 launch to the moon. “It’s a piece of history redesigned to be interactive for kids,” Bush said. The new center opened over the summer at Academy School District 20’s Center for Modern Learning on the campus of the year-old Legacy Peak Elementary School, 8701 Wolf Valley Drive. Although the center held its first event in July — a family-oriented celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moonwalk by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin — a community grand open house will be held Saturday.

Note: B&P provided MEPT design services for this project.

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We Moved! Our Colorado Springs Office is now on the 2nd Floor of our current building – Suite 260.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Our Colorado Springs office moved to the second floor / westside end of our current building off Garden of the Gods Road and Centennial Blvd.

As we enter our 10th year in Colorado Springs, we look forward to your visit.