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founded in 1981 with the idea that excellent design skills should

be complemented by equally strong technical execution and project delivery. Over thirty years later, MOA is synonymous with well-designed projects that are responsive to programs and sensitive to budget constraints. We have 30 employees – including 20 licensed architects and 20 LEED APs – between our offices in Denver, Colorado and Casper, Wyoming. MOA’s expertise includes planning and design for education, mixed-use and retail, commercial office, healthcare, and industrial and warehouse projects. We’ve successfully completed more than 23 million cumulative square feet of facilities at a total construction cost of more than $1.5 billion.



OA has a histor y of 30 years of successful educational projects. With this type of experience, the principals and staff of MOA understand the educational needs, layout, and teaching procedures of a range of educational facility types.



his new Pre-K Design/Build School is a one level concept housing an educational program for PreKindergarten at 22,825 square feet and masterplanned future expansion to 35,000 square feet. The facility design conforms to the Early Childhood Education Center Program and be Qualistar rated. The new school consists of Administration, MultiPurpose Room, Kitchen, and ECE/Kindergarten Classrooms. As you enter the building, Administration is directly to the east allowing for great visibility and security of the main parking lot as well as the main entry. The main entry corridor spine continues north through the building and out to a secondary exit designed for a possible future expansion. The main spine has the flexibility to integrate high ceilings and incorporate skylights that let in natural light. Directly off of the main corridor are two suites of classrooms, one to the west and the other to the east. A future addition has been allocated on the site for 6 additional classrooms.

22,825 TOTAL SF



his unique elementary school replaces three separate schools with a single new facility that houses three distinct learning communities. The new Rawlins Elementary School serves approximately 1,000 children in grades K through 5, plus 135 faculty and staff. The school’s building mass, components, and site orientation were selected to minimize the undesirable aspects of the site’s pervasive wind, and to fit into the natural topography. Its form and design elements take cues from the nearby geologic uplift formation, while apertures frame views of Elk Mountain and other unique vistas. A pre-conceptual design session was held to get stakeholder input. Though focused on pragmatic issues, participants were encouraged to think creatively with discussions on “favorite learning spaces where you were most engaged” and “schools as centers of community.” One of the major influences on design – local culture – was highlighted through this process. Green practices will include significant daylighting, passive solar measures, and use of sustainable/ renewable resources.

94,890 TOTAL SF

STANDING ROCK COMMUNITY ELEMENTARY F o r t Ya t e s , N o r t h D a k o t a


tanding Rock Community Elementary School was designed in accordance with the BIA Educational Facilities Handbook and Design Standards.

A program was developed based on the school’s mission of providing “opportunities to excel spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally by increasing community involvement and integrating Tribal Culture in the school’s learning environments.” Included are administration, a library / media center, cafeteria, and classrooms including computer and special needs rooms, as well as a “cultural classroom.” All signage is in the Lakota language. A rotunda projects constellations inside as sunlight pours through openings in its skin. Crossed timbers in the rotunda suggest the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe symbol, while an eight-pointed star inlaid in the floor represents the fire and heated stones in the center of a tipi and alludes to the night sky. This school creates a rich learning environment by combining the ancient culture of a proud people with the technology of the 21st century.

66,630 TOTAL SF



his pre-K to 8th grade school serves 750 students in the Green Valley Ranch community.

Located on twelve acres, the two-story building features Classroom  Pods of pre-K through 5th grade, along with administration, music, art, cafeteria, kitchen and gymnasium areas, on the first floor. The second floor consists of Classroom Pods for grades 6 through 8, plus science programs and the school library. The distinctive form of the cantilevered secondlevel library reaches out to the community and alludes to the elevated role of education.

101,600 TOTAL SF

W I L L I A M R . “ B I L L” R O B E R T S K - 8 S C H O O L Denver, Colorado


ne of the first public schools to be built in the Stapleton redevelopment neighborhood, William R. “Bill” Roberts, presents a comfortable image of a neighborhood school. In response to its new urban context, and the need for sustainable design features, the two-story school features daylighting in classroom and public circulation areas, an efficient and cost-effective geothermal heat pump system, and a small building footprint. Additionally, the school’s design effectively separates upper- and lower-grade students, with classroom pods for pre-K through 5th grade on the first floor, along with administration, music, art, cafeteria, library and gymnasium spaces; and pods for grades 6 through 8 on the second.

101,060 TOTAL SF

BEAR CREEK K-8 SCHOOL Lakewood, Colorado


his two-story K-8 school programmed for 1,080 students is designed with a central organizational spine oriented on a north-south axis. Academic areas are on the west side, and activities, after school programs, and public areas are on the east. The ground floor accommodates kindergarten through fourth grade; the second floor, grades 5-8. All classrooms face north / south to maximize day-lighting opportunities. The outdoor program includes a track and soccer facility, as well as playgrounds and gathering areas. The exterior of the building incorporates materials and horizontal banding that complement the school’s geological surroundings of Bear Creek and the Hogback ridge of the Rocky Mountain foothills.

120,000 TOTAL SF



OA designed Phase I of a new high school that serves 2,400 students divided among small learning communities of 400

students each. The first phase, at 223,000 square feet, entails three (of five planned) learning pods, cafeteria, art room and media center, as well as public areas such as the gymnasium, auditorium, and administration. Public areas are separated from classrooms and other restricted areas so that the latter can be locked off during community events. Outdoor amenities include soccer and ball fields, as well as a teaching green roof located outside the science classroom. Located on the plains of Colorado, east of Denver, the architecture recalls the Prairie style and the colors and materials reflect the surrounding landscape.

392,000 TOTAL SF



his new high school creates a dynamic academic environment focusing on exploration, collaboration, and pursuit of knowledge.

Unique spaces energize the campus by providing a diversity of special experiences, while order is introduced by a common circulation spine filled with natural light. The theme of connectivity extends to visual connections made with the outside environment via significant vistas and green space, and exterior pathways - derived from the building’s geometry - that lead to points of entry and athletic fields. Echoing the centralized organization of the school, the fields, too, are organized around a central plaza. The site and building designs are masterplanned for a population of 2,000 students.

193,649 TOTAL SF



or Hinkley High School, MOA designed multiple additions and remodeled the existing school to accommodate four small learning communities within one school. A layout of separate communities joined by wide hallways allows for cross-pollination or independence of the communities, as desired. Light and open spaces encourage students to mingle in lunch rooms (one new; one remodeled), the main spine, the library, and the media room all of which were reconfigured to accommodate multiple uses. In addition to shelving and storage areas for books and media, the LMC includes two computer labs, two group study rooms, and an administrative / workroom space. Comfortable and bright interior finishes, increased windows with daylight and views, and new additions whose forms and materials relate to its location have improved the morale and performance of students and faculty alike. The completed high school has been embraced by the population, and is a genuine source of pride for its students. As principal Peter Mosby says, “All of a sudden, everyone wants to be in our facility. ... The kids saw the change and take a lot of pride in it.�

223,484 TOTAL SF

DISCOVERY CANYON K-12 CAMPUS Colorado Springs, Colorado


he aptly named Discovery Canyon, a 3,000-student K-12 campus, creates a continuous learning environment focused on science and math.

Three separate schools link together as they work up the canyon creating a unique, educational setting. The facility and grounds refer to ancient cultures and their role in the origin of these two disciplines. Technology and ritual merge in the pathway from the amphitheater and sports fields on the east, to gardens and an outdoor teaching lab to the west. The south edge of the campus / canyon is defined by major event venues such as the theater and gym, and primary contact public points including the administrative offices.

376,202 TOTAL SF MOA was Architect of Record in association with Antoine Predock Architect.

THE ENGLEWOOD 6-12 CAMPUS Englewood, Colorado


or Englewood Public Schools, MOA is designing a new educational campus to serve Englewood High School and Middle School students as well as Englewood Leadership Academy. The campus will accommodate to serve approximately 1,300 students among the three areas. With a particular focus on the creation of 21st Century learning and teaching approaches, the new high school will afford extensive learning opportunities to students in Englewood including STEM labs, a fabrication technology lab, a culinary arts lab, digital production and graphic arts, fine arts, to name a few. Designed around two central educational spines, the TEC campus has a strong emphasis on shared educational facilities between high school, middle school and ELA. The shared facilities serve not only to provide a fiscally responsible approach to the campus, but enhance the available educational opportunities for all students. The spines create a highly visible educational atmosphere where learning is on display, collaboration is encouraged and student achievement is celebrated.

147,000 SF NEW




ustainable design is not just following established certification checklists, documentation, and proper submissions to obtain certification. It is a comprehensive undertaking requiring knowledge and real concern for

both people and the environment. At MOA ARCHITECTURE, every project design is rooted in a sustainable philosophy that addresses balance, appropriateness, and feasibility. Guided by these principles, we create environments that foster quality of life. Vista Peak High School Green Roof

ability In recent years, well over half of our projects are formally submitted for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification at a variety of levels, depending on client goals and objectives.

environment, and promoting eco-intelligent business practices - and our employee-led office task force is constantly developing ideas to improve, in a sustainable way, how we work.

Currently, the firm has over half of it’s current staff LEED Accredited Professionals as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. This enhances accredited staff’s learning, teaching, discovering opportunity for, and delivering sustainable architecture. For clients, this translates to an enhanced ability to realize each project’s potential for sustainability that is ecologically and economically responsible.

We sustain our staff by providing competitive salary and benefits, continuing education, personal and professional development, and opportunity for advancement. We sponsor employees’ public transportation passes, and provide single-stream recycling and composting. All stationery and, whenever possible, all other paper goods, are recycled. Copiers and plotters are located in a separately ventilated space to mitigate their potentially negative environmental effects, and we facilitate meetings and conferences via teleconferencing to help productivity and conserve fuel resources.

MOA walks that talk daily

Long before the practice was codified, MOA incorporated sustainable features into every project including as detailed in the next section - our own office, an adaptive reuse of a turn-of-the-century building. As awareness increases and conservation techniques and materials advance, we will continue to press forward with design that reduces consumption of natural resources and strain on the environment.

O F F I C E C U LT U R E At MOA ARCHITECTURE, we do not simply talk sustainability; we walk that talk daily. Our office space was designed to address many of the established criteria of LEED-CI (Commercial Interiors). We incorporated rapidly renewable and recyclable flooring products, low- and non-VOC paints and coatings, urea-formaldehyde-free and rapidly renewable wood products and furniture, automated lighting controls, generous daylighting, close proximity to public transit including light rail, and other features that create a thoroughly enjoyable work environment for staff and visitors. Yet, we have chosen to take the sustainable culture of our office even further. As a firm, we encourage life and work balance, maintaining a healthy work

MOA minimizes consumption of resources and saves time by utilizing the Internet to exchange documentation during all phases of the design and construction process. Participants are required to communicate electronically as much as possible. Submittals, requests for information, clarification and modification documents, routine correspondence, meetings minutes, and similar documents are transmitted electronically and managed on Web-based programs.

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MOA Offices | LEED Certified

Stapleton MOB | LEED Gold


Vista Peak High School | LEED Gold

Standing Rock Elementary | LEED Gold

DaVita World Headquarters | LEED Gold

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K-12 Education Design


K-12 Education Design