November 21, 2015: Boulder Valley is using bond money to re-imagine its libraries.
The district contracted with Fielding Nair International, a Minneapolis-based architectural firm, to work with schools this fall on innovative design as they plan for construction projects.
The firm earlier this fall held two days of interviews, workshops and tours at each of the schools with the five biggest projects — the new Erie K-8; the Creekside, Douglass and Emerald elementary rebuilds; and a Centaurus High remodel.
One of the goals identified for the new Erie school is a “curiosity center” at the heart of the school that could replace the library, with access to media, resources and tools, plus space for performance and gathering.
“It’s the idea of a library becoming more of a place where they can connect with people and ask big questions,” said Kiffany Lychock, Boulder Valley’s innovation director. “We’re really looking forward to these projects coming to life.”