Report Spotlights TreanorHL Clients for Concurrent Enrollment Success

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Firm's design of dual enrollment spaces receives spotlight in Colorado Department of Higher Education report

TreanorHL's experience designing spaces that prepare students for 21st century careers and create clear pathways between high school and college was evident in a recent report from the Colorado Department of Higher Education, which signaled out several of the architectural firm's clients as having the best concurrent enrollment programs in the state.

Concurrent enrollment programs refer to college courses students take while in high school. TreanorHL’s education studio has provided design services for multiple schools recognized in the CDHE report with shared high school and college curriculum components. “Designing these educational spaces involves fostering strong partnerships between school districts, 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, and the local community—a process we’re proud to have undertaken multiple times,” said TreanorHL education principal Chad Novak.

According to the report, Eagle County School District -- where TreanorHL has worked extensively--- ranks 7th in the state for the number of students participating in concurrent enrollment programs. Two Eagle County schools that TreanorHL designed, Battle Mountain High School and Eagle Valley High School, had the highest numbers of students taking college courses at Colorado Mountain College—another TreanorHL client. Both Eagle County Schools have a joint use model program with Colorado Mountain College—a curriculum feature that factored extensively into the firm’s design decisions for the schools.

Battle Mountain High School, which TreanorHL planned and designed to be shared with Colorado Mountain College in 2009, boasts multiple specialty teaching areas in areas like industrial arts, culinary arts and graphic arts. The design team created a restaurant-style culinary arts kitchen for the school’s award-winning culinary program, and at night, the college uses the space to teach some of its courses, including its ‘sustainable cuisine’ class.

TreanorHL also provided renovations and additions for Eagle Valley High School-- which, like Battle Mountain High School--has a concurrent enrollment program with Colorado Mountain College. TreanorHL’s 2010 addition and renovation of Eagle Valley High School centered on bridging the gap in academics, employability and technical skills, and added-- among other things-- a teaching kitchen, greenhouse and media center to the school. According to the new figures released by the CDHE, Eagle Valley High School ranks as one of Colorado’s top 10 programs in concurrent enrollment.

Two of TreanorHL’s higher education clients, meanwhile, had the most popular dual enrollment programs in the state among two-year and four-year colleges.

The report found that that among four-year institutions in the state, Colorado Mountain College, had the highest concurrent enrollment numbers in Colorado—with 1,139 students participating in 2015-2016. In 2012, TreanorHL completed the design of a 69,000 SF academic building for the Colorado Mountain College, Alpine Campus, in Steamboat Springs, which included classroom, lecture and lab space.

Among two-year institutions, Arapahoe Community College—another client of TreanorHL-- served the highest number school students in the 2015-16 academic year with 4,403 students participating in concurrent enrollment classes. The report also found Arapahoe Community College served the most students with career and technical education (CTE) programs, with over 2,500 students participating in 2015-16. TreanorHL designed Arapahoe Community College’s University Center at Chaparral, a unique facility that distributes and tailors education to the needs of the larger community, including high school students.

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Founded in 1981, TreanorHL is a full-service architectural firm providing comprehensive planning, programming and architectural design services in major market sectors including K-12 and higher education. The firm is currently comprised of 150+ architects, intern architects, interior designers and support staff, and has nine offices across the nation-- including offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, Lawrence, Kansas City, St. Louis, Topeka, Atlanta, Dallas, and San Francisco.

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