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  Cheyenne Mountain High School Academic Arts Building & Natatorium, Page 41Cheyenne Mountain High School Academic Arts Building & Natatorium
DLR Group
525 North Cascade, #200, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Academic Building
Total Square Feet: 26,600
Total Square Feet: 21,000
Construction Period: Jun 2000 to Aug 2001

Construction Team
General Contractor: G.E. Johnson Construction Co. - 310 South 14th Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Structural Engineer: Anderson & Hastings Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 12596 West Bayaud Avenue #450, Lakewood, CO 80228
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: M.E. Engineers, Inc. - 3425 Austin Bluffs Parkway, #201, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Landscape Architect: William Guman & Associates, Ltd. - 815 North Weber Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Cheyenne Mountain High School is known for its strong arts programs and outstanding swim and diving teams. The original school, built in the 1960's, had long outgrown the facilities for these programs and needed to update to keep up with the school's growing needs. As a result of a 1999 bond election, the school district of Colorado Springs was able to acquire funding for a new natatorium facility and a new Academic Arts building. 

The new Academic Arts building was designed to house the 2D/3D art program, computer graphics, video production, chorus, drama, and auditorium support facilities. The focal point of the building is a "Black Box" experimental theatre. This space is designed to allow for flexibility in theatre events. All surfaces in this space: floors, walls, ceiling and curtains are black, which allows the main focus of attention to be placed on the performance. Portable risers and seating allow for multiple configurations in the theater, and can be arranged in the round, lecture, a thrust or proscenium type stage. 

The 2D art classroom is a drawing and painting studio. Ceramics and sculpture are located in the 3D art classroom. Each room will serve studio sizes up to 35 students. A new classroom, studio, control booth, and office replace an undersized existing facility for the Video Production Program. 

The choral program occupies a tiered classroom to enhance their performance. Situated around the perimeter of the main space are isolated practice rooms to allow for individual or small group production. In addition, the room also has a wood dance floor for dance teaching and rehearsal.

The Cheyenne Mountain High School Natatorium includes a high school competition pool, 8 lanes wide, 75 yards long, 12 feet on the deep end, and 4 feet on the shallow end. The layout and design of the pool was to allow for competition as well as appeal to the community. The pool allows for multiple sports layout such as water polo, basketball, water aerobics, and therapy. 

Generous deck space has been provided around the pool to allow for community activity and will accommodate multiple swim teams at meets. 250 spectators can view events from bleachers seating along the side of the pool. A state-of-the-art timing and scoreboard system keeps spectators informed at all times. 

New locker and shower areas are adjacent to the pool for the swim teams and physical education use. A family locker room is also included for community use. Coaching and lifeguard offices are located to allow for easy monitoring of pool activities and entry to the pool.

Due to poor conditions on the site, the pool is its own structure, with crawl space access around the perimeter, which assists with maintenance. The new pool is constructed in the same location as the existing to help integrate the pool into the main school building and site. The new Academic Arts building was situated adjacent to the existing 800-seat auditorium to allow for each facility to support each other. 

The Cheyenne Mountain High School Academic Arts Building and Natatorium was delivered to the owner in a design-build arrangement. The project was delivered on time and ready for the beginning of the 2001/2002 school year.

DIV 07: Built-Up Gravel Roof: Johns Manville; EIFS: Dryvit.
DIV 08: Curtainwall: Vistawall CW-250; Punched Openings: Vistawall Series 3000 Thermal Aluminum Framing; Glass: PPG Solex over Guardian Performance Plus Low E; Revolving Darkroom Doors: Consolidated Door Corp.
DIV 09: Suspended Acoustical Ceilings: Armstrong; Acoustical Wall Panels: Wall Technology; Pool Wall Panels: Tectum Finale Wall Panels.

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