From noon until 3 p.m. today, Graland County Day will celebrate the opening of two new facilities that have been under construction for the past 18 months.
The state-of-the-art green projects are the new 15,000-square-foot Anschutz Commons building and the renovated Hamilton Reiman Building on the campus of the private school. The school community and neighbors are invited to tour the new facilities
Graland supporters raised $7 million to replace the school’s small, crowded lunchroom and inadequate kitchen facilities, and to upgrade its performing arts facilities. The new, modern dining hall is a space where students and staff can now enjoy healthy meals in a warm, inviting atmosphere. The renovated Hamilton Reiman Building is a state-of-the-art performing arts center with seating for 300 people
The architect was Semple Brown Design P.C. and the general contractor was Pinkard Construction. Graland is seeking a Gold LEED-Certification for the new building and remodel.
Hundreds of families are expected to tour the improvements that include day lighting, natural ventilation, re-use of existing building materials, sustainable food service practices, and recycling and composting in the new Anschutz Commons. Visitors will notice the improved lighting, sound and acoustics as well as new windows on the north side of the Hamilton Reiman Building which restores some of the grandeur of the building that originally was designed by architects Victor Hornbein and Edward D. White, Jr. The building also contains a new main entrance, a music classroom, and a beautiful lobby area for displaying student art and for pre-performance gatherings.
Graland Country Day School is at 30 Birch St., near the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and First Avenue. Graland Country Day, which opened its doors in 1924, is one of Denver’s oldest and best known college preparatory, independent, co-educational K-8 schools.
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