Casey Middle School
Casey Middle School
1301 High Street
Boulder, Colorado 80304
Original construction date: 1924
Report Updated:  11/14/2010

Casey Middle School named first LEED for Schools Platinum design in Colorado 

Boulder, CO – Boulder Valley School District learned earlier this week that the new Casey Middle School building has been awarded the highest level of certification from the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Casey is the first school in Colorado and one of only two middle schools in the nation to receive the platinum rating. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. The school was constructed through Boulder Valley School District’s (BVSD) current $296.8 million Bond Program.

“Achieving the platinum status is a thrill and an honor,” said Casey Principal Alison Boggs. “It gives official recognition to what we already have seen to be true—green building creates an environment in which students and teachers thrive. We’ve already seen a noticeable drop in absenteeism and misconduct and our enrollment continues to grow.”

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Building tours will be offered at either 9 a.m. or 3 p.m. on the folllowing dates:











March 21
May 16
July 18
September 19
November 21

Tours must be scheduled ahead of time. To schedule a tour, contact Ghita Carroll at 720-561-5181, or Susan Cousins at 720-561-5793,

Project Details


Architect: RB+B  

Contractor: Saunders Construction

Casey Middle School project expenditures to date

Bond Program expenditures to date


Design Advisory Team:


Kathryn Singey
Lester Lurie
Brenda Lotterhos
Molly Hoverstock
Audra Blackledge
Miguel Villalon
Alison Boggs
Cynthia Jarmon
Cathie Williamson
Carrie Hausfather
Ed Campisi

Richard Foy
Elene Mooney
Don Price
Doug Young
Judy Amabile
Lisa Van Leuwen-Hall
Kristin Fitzgerrell
Anthony Gonzales


City of Boulder
Jonathan Koehn
James Hewatt

Leanna Landis

John Koval
Thomas Volckhausen
Judy Amabile
Celeste Landry
Julie Husband


DAT Meeting minutes and handouts


Project Timeline

Scheduled Milestones
uSD (schematic design) due 03/08; Completed 03/08
uCM/GC selection 07/07; Completed 07/07
uDD (design development) drawings due 06/08, adjusted to 07/08; Completed 07/08
uCD (construction documents) due 10/08; Completed 10/08
uGMP (guaranteed maximum price) due 12/09; adjusted to 01/09; Completed 02/09
uConstruction scheduled 01/09 - 06/10; Complete
u= Design phase
u= Construction bidding
u= Construction phase

Project Status

 Project Design Update


Concept Design Drawings of the New Casey Middle School




Construction photos - February 2009

Crews dig wells for the geo thermal system

















Construction photos - March 2009





Construction photos - April 2009







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Aerial photos - May 29, 2009





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Construction photos - December 2009


Exterior Front Entrance


Exterior Front Courtyard


Commons Area


Science Classroom


Science Classroom


Commons Area



Gym                                                                     Auditorium




Aerial photos - January 2010












Project photos - January 2010


New front courtyard


Walkway to new front entry


Supports for solar panels


Flooring salvaged from the old gymnasium
will be reused as wall panels.

The new building will feature over 100 Solatubes which direct
natural daylight into interior spaces.


The new library will include the original west facade wall.

The new gym features abundant natural light.


The new auditorium will seat signficantly more people than the old one.


The new Casey will be the only middle school in the
District with a synthetic field.


Classrooms on the north side of the school take advantage of
daylighting opportunities.

The new school will feature a green roof, which will help reduce
the heat island effect of the building.



Aerial photos - May 2010









Construction photos - July 2010






























Aerial photos - July 2010




















Project photos - August 2010


The 1924 historical walls were retained from the old building.


A new sign welcomes students and visitors to the new entrance
on High Street.


The court yard is designed for outdoor learning, recreation
and social gathering.


The commons area serves as a caferia and social
gathering area.


The green roof helps to reduce the building's heat
island effect.


Awnings shade east facing windows that overlook
the green roof.


The location of the new auditorium is intended to provide easy
access for community use.


Many windows fill the new library with daylight.


Windows line the corridor outside the music rooms.



Scope of Work

Facility Condition Assessment (FCA):

  • No work is anticipated due to the planned demolition of the existing building

Program Compatibility Assessment (PCA):

  • A new middle school, meeting the Educational Specifications, will be constructed on the site

Multi-Use Outdoor Facilities (MUOF):

  • New synthetic turf playfield and multi-use hard paved areas will be provided on the site

Information Technology (IT):

  • Upgrade WAN to provide capacity to support applications with high bandwidth demands
  • Upgrade LANs to provide reliable and responsive access to data, research, and information
  • Implement VoIP to enhance communications capabilities and reduce cost
  • Classroom spaces to use multimedia, projectors, and sound enhancement




 Casey Construction News

New Casey begins to take shape
After months of nearly weekly meetings, this week the Casey Middle School design advisory team got to see the concepts and ideas they’ve been discussing take shape in the schematic design. The schematic design is still preliminary in nature and subject to change, but it is a good representation of how the final building will likely look and function.

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Casey project featured in the Daily Camera









Going green to get gold at Casey

Solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, daylighting, preferred parking for carpool and low-emissions vehicles, low flow water fixtures and covered bike racks – these were just a few of the green building strategies discussed at the LEED design charrette for the new Casey Middle School building held Feb. 27.


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Integrating old and new
In their design process, the DAT looked at the possibility of preserving the 1924 portion of the building and considered it in the context of other priorities including the building’s ability to meet its educational priority, efficient site utilization, sustainability (LEED), safety/accessibility, and schedule and cost effectiveness. The team considered three different options: 1) preserving and adapting the 1924 building and adding onto it, 2) preserving just the west and south facades of the 1924 building and integrating them into the new construction; and 3) demolishing the existing building and starting with a clean slate. Last week, the design advisory team came to a strong consensus decision to proceed with option 2, preserving the west and south facades.

Letter to parents about the design decision

Going Green
Thanks to a generous financial contribution from the City of Boulder, we will be able to make the new Casey a high performance building in terms of energy efficiency and resource conservation. We are pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. LEED is the industry-recognized, voluntary rating system that defines high-performing green buildings.

More information about LEED schools
What else is green in the 2006 Bond Program?

Casey students and staff to move to Platt during construction
The District made the decision to temporarily house the Casey school community at Platt Middle School during the period of construction from January 2009 through May 2010. Next year, classes at Casey will begin at 8:30 and end at 3:20.

Questions and Answers about the relocation
Preguntas y Respuestas sobre el Traslado de la Escuela Intermedia Casey a la Escuela Intermedia Platt
Update on relocation planning
¡Novedades Sobre Casey en Platt!