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Emerald elementary school

Install Date: August 2017

A&D Firm: Fielding Nair International & RB+B

Scope:

  • 30+ classrooms
  • Media Center
  • Cafeteria
  • Administration Offices
  • Common Areas
  • Teacher Collaboration Rooms
  • Music/Drama Rooms

Manufacturers: HON, Media Technologies, Artcobell, ERG, Smith System, Nevins

School Background: Emerald is a neighborhood school with a balance of diversity that mirrors the real world. They believe building positive relationships and eliminating fears for every student is critical for maximum learning to take place. Contributing to their continued success are social development, strong balanced literacy and math programs, and an incredibly dedicated staff with high but realistic expectations. 

Emerald Elementary is a new building built alongside the sight of the former Emerald Elementary in Broomfield. The central focus of the school was the grand library space with its integrated fireplace, platform area and tall ceilings. The furniture in this space is flexible with mobile bookcases and a variety of mobile tables and seating that can be rearrange to navigate the daily changes in lesson plans. This library also boasts a plethora of soft seating options including soft benches, cushions, bean bags and ottomans that make it both a cozy place to curl up with a book and collaborate with other students. Within the classroom spaces at Emerald, there are group tables that can either be split apart to serve a few students or placed together to serve large groups of six or more. Each space has a set of group tables with whiteboard tops to encourage students to collaborate. There are commons areas within each set of classrooms, that house areas for presentation with soft couches or tiered seating along with mobile tables and chairs. At Emerald, the common areas were designed to serve as a secondary innovative classroom that teachers could flow in and out of as needed. Each set of classrooms also has a classroom designed as a makerspace with heavy-duty tables and stools so that every student has access to a STEM/STEAM space.