Construction approaches completion on two school expansions

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 3:45pm

Arapahoe Ridge, Cotton Creek additions to debut in August

The rush is on to complete a pair of large elementary school expansion projects as the clock winds down to the start of a new school year.

Bond-funded expansion projects at Arapahoe Ridge and Cotton Creek elementary schools, both in Westminster, have been under construction since December 2017.  Arapahoe Ridge will add about 18,000 square feet of building space with 12 new classrooms. Cotton Creek will grow by about 14,500 square feet with eight new classrooms.

As school staff and then students prepare to return for the new 2018-19 school year, the emphasis in both expansion projects is building finishes, such as final coats of paint, placement of ceiling tiles and door installation. Both buildings are also going through final inspections that will allow for a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy. With the certificate in place, staff and students can return even as minor interior and exterior work is expected to continue throughout the month of August and into September.

The expansion projects have allowed both schools to eliminate the need for mobile classroom buildings, which were removed from both school campuses in June and July. 

The work at both schools has not been limited to the new construction.

At Cotton Creek, the reconfiguration to connect to the new wing has allowed for an enlarged classroom suite for students with special needs and, for the first time, Special Education staff will have a dedicated space where they can meet with families. The school has also received new corridor flooring throughout the building and all classroom door units have been replaced.

At Arapahoe Ridge, school corridors not only have new paint but carpet has also been replaced by new vinyl tile. Classrooms received new carpet. The school will also have a brand new playground with improved ADA accessibility. 

JHL Constructors is handling both construction and renovation projects.