Fountain

They used WHAT? On top of WHERE?

Architecture is widely known as a problem-solving profession. And sometimes, solving those problems means using materials or solutions one would never normally associate with design.

Like bowling balls, for example...

Yes, you read that correctly. Bowling balls! 

For the new Fountain Middle School in Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, CRP was working to create an open, yet iconic commons stairway, inspired by the design currently in the Tivoli Student Union. As a focal point of one of the main school spaces, we knew it had to be unique and visually inviting.


However, the challenge in achieving this aesthetic was designing the rounded caps of the railing posts while staying in budget and avoiding extended lead times for fabrication. There was also the idea of incorporating a marbleized look to accent this monumental stair. But once again... budget. And as we all know, marble is not the cheapest of material options.

Working alongside our interior designers, Jean Sebben Associates, meant a creative solution was on the horizon. During a preliminary design meeting, Mike Esch, JSA's Design Director exclaimed, "What if we used bowling balls?". While not a common statement in our usual schematic planning discussions, no one could think of a reason of why NOT to use bowling balls. 

So here we are, over a year in the making...

As we wrap up the first phase of this full-building replacement project, we'd like to introduce the official Bowling Ball Capped Stair Rails featured at Fountain Middle School.

In collaboration with Brunswick, we selected a color blend (Patriot Blaze) that celebrated the school colors, red and blue. They ran a special order of non-logo bowling balls for use on this project alone. Each ball was carefully measured and cut for assembly atop the stair post's custom diameter. This also meant that there are no post caps like another, each one is individual in nature; a symbolism in acknowledging that no two students are the same, with each and every one bringing a unique character and light to the new facility.  Art C. Klein Construction worked meticulously in detailing and executing the full installation process. This intriguing touch definitely adds something special to the sense of pride and overall experience. And as Brunswick would agree, "Experience Is Everything".

Special thanks to: Jean Sebben Associates, Brunswick and Art C. Klein Construction


More pictures and information on the final project completion coming soon!

Phase I: Opening for 2018-2019 School Year

Phase II: Opening for 2019-2020 School Year

CRP Awarded Fountain Middle School Project

Fountain School was built in 1903 and served both the middle and high school until 1954 when the original high school was built. In 1999, the current-day high school facility was constructed on the east side of town (designed by CRP and included an addition project in 2011), allowing the existing 1954 building to fully house Fountain Middle School as it remains today. Aragon Elementary now sits on the 1903 site. The images below show the existing building and aerial site plan for the current Fountain Middle School. Due to district growth and need for updated facilities, the administration decided to move forward with the reconstruction of this site, awarding the project to CRP in January of 2016. This continues our nearly 25 year relationship with Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8.


The FMS design, and construction by Art C. Klein Construction, is now complete. 

To make the transition from old to new as smooth as possible, construction is divided into multiple phases that will eventually replace the entirety of the existing school with a brand new facility on the same site. This also allows for students to remain in their current learning environment while the new addition is built on-site. The completed project will provide 200,000 sf of new classrooms, science labs, a student commons, performance stage, athletics gym and administration space. A unique landscape design instills opportunity for outdoor engagement as well as accommodations for various sporting events. The interior design incorporates the FMS school colors with a dynamic twist, using them as way-finding features.



CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS - PH1 COMPLETE


Phase 1 Ribbon Cutting


PH2 UNDERWAY - TO BE COMPLETED BY THE 2019/2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Phase 2 will include the demolition of the existing school. We will then add the administration suite, two new gymnasiums, locker rooms, a music/bad suite and the second half of the student commons. Stay tuned for more!

THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Evolution of Fountain Fort Carson High School

Fountain, CO was established in 1859 as a railroad shipping center for the agricultural community. The first Fountain school dates back to 1888 with the first high school being built in 1954 (pictured above), nearly a century after the town's birth and the same year Fort Carson was designated from Camp Carson. The city continued to flourish and a boom in population growth drove a need for growth in the local school district as well. The community was in need of a gathering space that gave home to the city's growing population of athletes, students and their immediate families. This inspired the first phase of what would grow to become the official Fountain Fort Carson High School - and the time in which CRP was brought on board to help build this legacy. 


The beginning of FFCHS was brought to life through a new pool and athletic facility completed in 1997. This became a hub for the city, allowing the students and locals to compete, play and gather in one space. With this facility creating the foundation, design and construction was immediately underway to provide the adjacent academic spaces. 

The initial academic wing, library/media center, gym and auditorium were all constructed by 1999. The Phase II addition replaced the original high school building. Classrooms were designed in a 'cluster' arrangement with ample access to natural light and views of the sweeping front range. The library/media center is faced with a glass curtain wall to provide desired day-lighting as well as the makings for an engaging work and study space.

As the student population continued to increase, Phase III was added in 2004 and included expansion of the academic spaces, the art program and industrial arts. The addition was one story but was structured to accommodate a future second story. This story was incorporated into Phase IV.

The final phase of the FFCHS campus was the commons remodel/addition and the addition of the second story from the Phase III academic wing. The new commons area expands out from the original building line and has become one of the most iconic and recognized features of the building.


The Faces Behind Fountain

Under the direction of CRP's original founder, Holger Christiansen, Chris Mannino and Matt Kubus worked on all four phases of FFCHS. Chris, now principal and partner, has designed and built facilities in Fountain for nearly 25 years. Both Chris and Matt enjoyed watching this project grow from start to finish and spent countless hours over a span of roughly 12 years ensuring every detail was creatively and responsibly executed.