Community Spirit Feels Like Teamwork

img_4097There is a special feeling that comes from helping others that’s hard to describe yet easy to understand. Kimberly Timmons Interiors is honored to support the Denver Montessori High School (DMHS) with pro-bono design services for the redevelopment of an entire floor of classrooms and the creation of a new interactive café and learning center. Located in northwest Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood, DHMS is the first Montessori School in Denver and strives to help students develop self-awareness and a personal vision of their education. Working with a diverse group of students, educators, design professionals, material suppliers, and craftsmen, KTI’s own Kimberly Timmons-Beutner, Carissa Thompson and Shannon McLaughlin each donated their time and talent to help plan what will certainly be a marvelous transformation on a budget of old-fashioned knowhow and community goodwill.

 

A key goal of DMHS’ secondary education is to focus on the whole child – that they develop creativity, ingenuity, adaptability and initiative through problem solving, community building and real world experiences. KTI worked with the school’s students and faculty to make design recommendations on finishes, materials and furnishings to be used throughout the high school. There was wonderful student participation in making design decisions on the classrooms to café transformation and when the new lounge opens officially on December 15, it will be special.

13131262_1009390339136836_1559237320517869134_oLearning was integral to success on this project and perhaps the gift of craftsmanship is among the greatest gifts of all. After John Matlack of KB Contract donated 30-yards of Keyston vinyl to reupholster classic modern chairs, Josh Romig of Sedita Manufacturing spent the better part of an afternoon training students how to reupholster the chairs for the revitalized café. Similarly, artist John Pugh conducted a studio day, where students created their own “Liquid Abstractions” through a process of layering and manipulating resins, polymers, reflective flakes and powders with heat, pressure and air to create one-of-a-kind art pieces, which are installed throughout the school. When Alex DeBoe of Arizona Tile donated a quartzite slab for the cafe countertop, Ricardo Montanez of My Granite Guy came in and did a beautiful job of fabricating and installing the top. The Kitchen Showcase’s Lisa Gamarano and Jeremy Pfaff were very generous to supply all the café’s cabinetry and Janel Davenport of Specialty Appliance is much appreciated for supplying the appliances. Altogether, donated time and materials have contributed to a spatial transformation that will ignite the students’ imaginations and give them something to be proud of for many years to come.

Perhaps the greatest thing about this project, was the process and people – the mixing of so many different talents, abilities and willingness to help along with making of so many wonderful learning moments for all involved.

 

Blog Written by Sean O’Keefe