Monterey Community School is owned and operated by Mapleton Public Schools (MPS). The school is located at the intersection of McElwain Boulevard and Rainbow Avenue in unincorporated Adams County. The original building was constructed in 1961 and has a mid-century modern aesthetic. A seven-classroom addition was built on the east side in 1965. The building was expanded again in 1994 with a curved administration suite on the south side.
The renovations to Monterey extend the life of the school and deliver a fresh, modern learning environment for its K-8 students. Enhancements include reconfigurations of parking and site circulation, a new playground moved closer to the school, a new and more secure main entrance, and interior reconfigurations to accommodate a new media center, makers spaces, and accessibility to the second floor. A gym and music addition were constructed to eliminate scheduling issues and provide an after-hours community space. Finishes were also upgraded throughout.
CLIENT: Mapleton Public Schools
COST: $11 million
COMPLETED: Summer 2021
The $11 million project is partially funded by the BEST program.
Monterey, which means, “king of the mountain,” incorporates a design aesthetic centered on the theme of Colorado’s 14ers. Art, finishes, and wall coverings all support this theme.