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LEED Platinum for Middle School
LEED Platinum for Middle School


Kent Denver School's campus is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation, with the creation of more than 100,000 square feet of new and renovated learning spaces in just the last three years. Along with designing cutting-edge facilities for teaching and learning, Kent Denver's board of trustees has also identified sustainability as a key goal for all new construction.

The Middle School recently celebrated receiving US Green Building Council's LEED-Platinum certification for its new building, which opened in March 2018. Only three other school buildings in Colorado have achieved LEED-Platinum status, including Kent Denver's Schaden Dining Hall.

To qualify for LEED Platinum, the Middle School building was required to provide an exceptionally healthy indoor environment, made possible by the use of low-VOC paints, carpeting and other finish materials throughout the facility. All construction materials were selected for sustainability, using as much recycled and locally-sourced material as possible. Energy efficiency is also a key requirement for LEED Platinum certification. Solar panels on the Middle School roof are generating about 73% of building's electrical energy, and all HVAC and water systems have been designed for maximum efficiency.

The Bruce McGrath Welcome Center and Upper School North classroom building, which opened in 2019, has also been submitted to the USGBC for LEED-Platinum certification.

Learn more about our evolving campus and learning spaces by visiting www.kentdenver.org/about/learning-spaces.




Meet our Communications Team

Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas
Class of 1976
Titles: Director of Communications
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B.A. - Mass Communications
B.A. - Political Science
M.A. - Public Communications

"As a student, Kent Denver changed the trajectory of my life. Working here allows me to support the school as it offers that same transformative gift to others."

Ms. Thomas has an extensive background in higher education and corporate communications and marketing. Additionally, she formed, owned and operated a communications company for several years.

Lisa Mortell

Lisa Mortell
Titles: Assistant Director of Communications
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B.A. - English

"I love telling Kent Denver's stories. The amazing work of my colleagues and the accomplishments of our students provide endless inspiration!"

Since joining Kent Denver in 1998, Ms. Mortell has worked in various roles in the school's communications and development offices. She currently focuses on a wide range of communications, including social media, online newsletters, website content, print and digital publications and Summer at KDS marketing.

Amy Vucci

Amy Vucci
Titles: Communications Specialist
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B.S. - Biology

"I love to capture the amazing things happening at Kent Denver—this community is endlessly inspiring!"

A videographer, graphic designer and past member of the communications department at Johnson & Wales University, Ms. Vucci provides her creative expertise to Kent Denver in video, photography, graphic design, writing and editing.