Fulton Elementary School
Renovation & Addition
Fulton Elementary School is located in an old neighborhood in Aurora, Colorado. The area began to see an influx of immigrant families, bringing new vitality and as well as challenges to this part of the city, which borders Denver. In 2003, 77 percent of the students were non-English speakers and the school was seeing an average of three new students per week. Temporary buildings were used to accommodate the burgeoning student population. The original school was built in 1952, with additions in 1956 and 1965, and capacity was limited to 406 students.
Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture worked with a design advisory group comprised of teachers, parents and school administrators to develop a program and list of priorities for an expansion that would accommodate the school’s unmet needs.
A clearly defined entry and new school identity were deemed important. The addition and renovation also included a new cafeteria/kitchen, media center and computer lab, and additional classrooms. The school now accommodates 600 students and has given the neighborhood a vibrant new face.