Construction finishes at STEM Lab [w/video]
Contractors, school staff ready building for first day of school
With major construction now complete at STEM Lab in Northglenn, the race is on to ready the building to first welcome back staff and then students in August.
Contractors received a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy permit in mid-July, clearing the way for staff to occupy the recently completed portion of the building as final inspections took place.
By late July, building furniture had arrived and contractors working on final touch-ups were joined by building office staff organizing new spaces. The scramble to transition into brand spaces has become common for construction-tested STEM Lab staff. The difference this time is, after two years of transient occupancy in spaces not under construction, staff will be taking up residence in permanent spots.
Teaching staff returns to the building Aug. 7 and the first day of school for students is Aug. 14.
The two-year STEM Lab project is part of the 2016 Bond Program to upgrade the learning environment for the magnet school and expand STEM-learning opportunities for students across the district. The project has been completed in two phases, while school continued, with the construction of two 25,000-square-foot classroom wings and the demolition of a large portion of the original building, which was more than 40 years old.
When the completion of the project, enrollment at the school will grow from 475 current students to an anticipated 720 students from across the district.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the project is scheduled for September.