Construction nears completion on FutureForward campus

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 11:15am

New CTE campus construction expected to be complete in August

Construction of the building near 126th Avenue and Washington Street in Thornton, remains on schedule for an early August completion. Some exterior site work, including the extension of 126th Avenue through to the site and landscaping work, will continue into the fall.

District leaders toured the nearly 50,000-square-foot campus in late June to get a look inside the building and an update on construction progress. On the outside, the building has the sleek look of a modern warehouse, accentuated by red panels on the building's north-facing side. Inside, the design was simplified to reflect the industrial nature of many of the building's programs. This includes polished concrete floors and exposed steel beams and mechanical piping.

Five Star Schools FutureForward at Washington Square June 2020 Construction 

The intentional raw look of the inside of the building caught the attention of Kristi Weaver, Five Star Schools Director of Career and Technical Education and Post-secondary Readiness.

"I think that’s what impressed me most, just the raw materials and just the aesthetics of the building" she said after the tour. "I can wait to see it finished and just see the teachers and students' eyes when they walk in. It’s so impressive. It’s such an impressive facility for our students to have access to."

The campus will offer existing district CTE programs such as construction trades, welding, an introductory diesel mechanic course and EMT training. Programming will expand to include criminal justice, forensic science and fire science programs as well as an advanced diesel mechanic program. More than 500 students are currently enrolled in Washington Square programs for the 2020-2021 school year

FutureForward encompasses all career and technical education programming districtwide. FutureForward gives all students a competitive advantage as they enter college, career or the military. Students in FutureForward: Explore opportunities that prepare them for high-demand careers and give them an edge entering college; Engage in authentic, hands-on learning; and Equip themselves with relevant, rigorous and practical skills. There are two FutureForward campuses offering unique career-oriented programming: FutureForward at Bollman and FutureForward at Washington Square. Programs are also available at each of the district’s five comprehensive high schools.

In addition to the new CTE campus construction, the second phase of a two-year bond renovation project to update facilities and programming at the Bollman campus is wrapping up Summer 2020.