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Construction begins on Durango High School Career Innovation Center – The Durango Herald

A new workplace learning environment is expected to be in place by fall 2023

Members of the Durango 9-R School District, Anderson Mason Dale Architects and Durango High School staff members participate in a groundbreaking celebration for the Impact Career Development Center on Monday. (Tyler Brown/Durango Herald)

Construction of the Durango High School Impact Career Development Center began on Monday.

The $10 million project, funded by Bond 4A money, was originally scheduled to finish in January 2024 but should be built by fall 2023, said Jeremiah Hayes, regional manager at Jaynes Corp., a general contractor. .

“Barring major disasters, the foundation should be finished after Thanksgiving,” he said. “You’ll start to see the steel going up just before Christmas, and around Easter we’ll have the walls and roof finished. And in May, we’ll turn on the lights.

The building will feature the use of natural light through skylights. It will be two floors with a makerspace, breakout rooms and a presentation room upstairs. The ground floor will include a common area, a cafe and rooms for students to collaborate.

Durango School District 9-R Superintendent Karen Cheser said the building will allow students to have real and authentic learning experiences. She said the school district studied other schools across the country to develop the work-based classroom environment model.

“It’s a place where we’re really going to live the Portrait of a Graduate,” Cheser said.

The goal was to create a professional working environment for the students while they are still in high school. She hopes that the students will collaborate with each other. For example, culinary students can work with entrepreneurship students and engineering students can work with media arts students.

The building was designed to accommodate 14 different careers in technical education streams, said Cathy Bellem, architect at Anderson Mason Dale Architects.

“It was a design challenge: how does this building serve all these routes? she says.

Former DHS student and Anderson Mason Dale intern Nick Huber was instrumental in conceptualizing the building around design thinking. Due to her success with the school’s vocational and technical training program, her contribution was heavily considered in the project.

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