A series of partnerships and projects have tied Neenan with Mapleton Public Schools. Most recently, the $40 million Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Grant was approved in June of 2010 for the Skyview Campus revival. This approval is the result of extensive master planning with the District and the community. Many small campus upgrades have been designed and built by The Neenan Company over the past decade.
Skyview Campus and York International
Currently under construction, these are small choice schools, each with a specific specialty. The specialties include early college, art-based, science/technology, K-8 learning, and schools to teach teachers. The opportunity is to develop the buildings based on the specialized curriculum.
Working with the curriculum and school, the design theme is creating unique learning spaces including:
-Think tanks for students with soft seating, computers, and drawing studios for student collaboration and innovation
-Open science rooms
-Shared science and math rooms
-Project labs that can be used for art or science
-Resources available to students the corridors
Mapleton Public Schools operate with the belief that you must create a culture where students are trusted and empowered.
New Technology High School
Bold, bright, warm and welcoming – these were the words the prospective students of New Technology High used to describe the desired attributes of their new high school, a school they would be attending by choice. Their school would be the first of six high schools in Mapleton, each with a distinct curriculum and culture, designed to attract a certain type of student, with a certain type of learning preference. The culture and learning paradigm of New Tech High would revolve around project- and team-based learning via the use of computers and other forms of technology. The challenge to the design staff was to connect the staff and students to the world while encouraging their connection to each other and creating a collaborative space.
Skyview Campus and York International:
289,400 square feet
LEED Gold certification targeted