RICARDO FLORES MAGÓN ACADEMY
This BEST-funded K-8 school offers a new home for Ricardo Flores Magón Academy (RFMA), a charter school just north of Denver’s Regis neighborhood.
After eight years of operation in inadequate facilities, the new facility provides RFMA with a home worthy of its educational mission. Founded in order to provide high-quality education in one of the region’s lowest-income neighborhoods, RFMA has received accolades for its educational results and community focus. The new facility will include classrooms and learning environments for kindergarten through eighth grade, gymnasium, administration areas, and a cafeteria/commons area opening onto a learning stair, which will function as the heart of the school. Serving a largely Mexican-American student population, the charter school emphasizes the importance of cultural heritage, with the school’s Mexican revolutionary namesake, Ricardo Flores Magón, held up as an example of how someone can forge social change through their intellect. Working closely with parents, faculty, and community members, the design acknowledges the community heritage with a focus on performance and gathering spaces, including the expansive commons area and learning stair. The facility will be open for the fall of 2020.
Planning, Design and Documentation, Construction Administration