Construction Manager &
Matthew Stais Architects
108 North Ridge Street, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Location: Breckenridge, Colorado
Date Bid: June 2007 Construction Period: Aug 2007 to Aug
Total Square Feet: 8,256 Site: 1.48 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 6 classrooms seating 69.
Building Size: First floor, 8,256; total, 8,256 square feet.
Building Height: Floor to ceiling, 10 to 15’; total, 30’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Wood frame V-B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Brick, metal
siding. Roof: Asphalt shingles, metal. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: S.A. Miro, Inc. - 610 East Main Street, #11,
Frisco, CO 80443
General Contractor: TCD, Inc. - P.O. Box 4564, Breckenridge, CO
Mechanical Engineer: Sol Chavez & Associates - 119 West Cucharras
Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
The community of Breckenridge, Colorado responded to an acute shortage
of child care facilities by creating the Timberline Learning Center
through community involvement, a fast-track schedule based on integrated
design, and a commitment to the principles of sustainable building
design and operation.
A suitable site had been identified through long-range planning; the
closure of an existing facility created short-term demand which drove
the design and construction schedule. The Town of Breckenridge acted as
the client until an operator was found, and selected Matthew Stais
Architects to lead the design team through a community-based integrated
design process. Project priorities included a "Qualistar" rated facility
with emphasis on safety, security and commitment to sustainable design,
in addition to schedule.
The site design responds to context by locating classrooms and
playgrounds on the south to capture solar gain, and uses the building to
block winter winds and snow. Public entry is located west of the
facility and service functions to the east, creating a clear and safe
division between public and service areas. A single story structure with
southern orientation optimizes passive solar gain, daylighting, rooftop
PV systems, and indoor-outdoor connections for all classrooms.
Exteriors are clad in low-maintenance metal roofing and siding, with a
brick base to stand up to heavy snow winters. Colors and roof forms were
varied to articulate the varying classroom areas and to make the
building fun. Playgrounds feature synthetic turf, reducing water usage
and maintenance costs.
Interiors feature clean lines and natural, low-maintenance materials
tailored to the snow country environment. Glass overhead doors connect
classrooms with the multi-purpose room, allowing for indoor exercise
when it's too cold to play outdoors. Walk-off carpet squares in public
areas capture snow & mud before they reach the classroom. Neutral wall
colors act as a backdrop for student artwork and amplify daylighting in
Building HVAC combines radiant in-floor heat to keep little toes warm
with a sophisticated energy recovery ventilation system to maximize
fresh air while recycling BTUs. Passive solar gain reduces heating load
during the day, and daylighting reduces lighting requirements, which are
further offset by a 5.0 KW roof-mounted PV system.
Research of comparable facilities revealed that staff, storage, laundry
and cleaning functions often get "value engineered" out, lessening
efficiency of operations. The project team held the line on this at
Timberline to give the operations staff the space they need to do their
The integrated design approach and emphasis on practical, sustainable
design allowed the project to break ground within 4 months, with
occupancy within 16 months of project inception, meeting critical
community needs. Timberline Learning Center continues to outperform
comparable facilities and creates a healthy, safe and fun environment
for early learners.
Building Envelope: Omega-Ply Panels by Laminators
Roofing: US Metals Windows: Eagle
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Flooring: Lees Carpet Lighting: Focal Point