Englewood, CO (PRWEB) September 05, 2013
Kent Denver School is celebrating the opening of the Duncan Center, a 21st century learning facility that provides modern instructional and collaboration design elements, technology to enable student-to-student connections around the world, and facilities to help close the digital divide. Through Kent Denver’s partnership with Breakthrough Kent Denver, students from several underfunded Denver public middle schools will share use of this facility and learn to take advantage of digital learning and resources.
The Duncan Center was made possible by a leadership gift from the Duncan Family. It was designed by Semple Brown Design and built by CMC Construction, the same companies that designed and constructed Kent Denver’s Student Center for the Arts (2006) and LEED Platinum Dining Hall (2011).
“The Duncan Center embodies and encourages the central elements of a growth mindset, such as collaboration, deep understanding of complex problems, open-hearted inquiry, and innovative ingenuity,” said Head of School Todd Horn. “This is a space where Kent Denver students can inspire and be inspired, where groups of students can define and solve simple practical and complex theoretical problems. It’s a space that will develop human potential in ways that will have deep impact for years to come.”
The soundproof, UV-tempered floor-to-ceiling glass walls and dramatically expanded exterior windows throughout the Duncan Center serve to divide the facility into collaborative and individual use areas while allowing full transmission of natural light. Consistent with Kent Denver’s Strategic Plan, the energy- and resource-efficient design of the Duncan Center will assist the school when it applies for LEED certification for the entire Upper School facility.
Key elements of the new Duncan Center include:
Kent Denver School is an independent day school serving 685 students in grades 6 through 12. Kent Denver’s forward-looking liberal arts program inspires students to think critically and creatively, to write and speak persuasively, and to deepen their understanding of the world around them. All members of the Kent Denver community—students, faculty, staff, parents, and administrators—embrace the school’s core values: Integrity, Respect, Personal Growth, Community, and Wisdom. Please visit us at http://www.kentdenver.org.
Breakthrough Kent Denver is a tuition free, educational non-profit program working in conjunction with Denver Public Schools and Kent Denver School to provide increased educational opportunities for under-resourced middle school students from Denver public middle schools. Breakthrough also trains and encourages talented high school and college students to enter careers in urban education. Please visit us at http://www.breakthroughdenver.org.