Construction nears peak on Thunder Vista P-8

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 11:45am

New school about 65 percent complete

As the Thunder Vista P-8 construction process moves into March, construction activity is near a peak level.

Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) site superintendent Kevin Harrison estimates there are more than 200 employees on the site on any given day. The list of workers includes heavy equipment operators, ironworkers, masons, plumbers, pipefitters, sheet metal workers, welders and drywall installers.

The variety of workers reflect the myriad of tasks taking place inside and outside the building. 

On the east side of the building, classrooms are now painted and have installed, operable windows. In the school's preschool wing, classroom restrooms have flooring and tile and await the installation of fixtures. In school corridors, the ceiling grid has began to be installed with ceiling tiles to be added a later point. 

As construction tracks to the upper floors on the east side of the building, the push is on to seal in the remainder of the building so drywaller workers can continue their work.

Harrison estimates the building is now about 65 percent complete and remains on schedule for an early summer finish and an August opening. 

February Highlights

  • Continued interior stud framing 
  • Continued drywall installation 
  • Continued window installation
  • Continued exterior brick veneer work
  • Start of installation of large gathering stair 
  • Start of classroom and corridor painting

Looking ahead to March

  • Classroom casework installation to begin
  • Interior stud framing/drywall installation continues
  • Installation of kitchen equipment
  • Exterior brick work continues
  • Exterior site work (playground, upper parking lot paving, irrigation water line installation)

The new preschool through eighth-grade facility is being built on a 13-acre site in Anthem Highlands, a planned community of about 2,600 residential units, located near state Highway 7 and Interstate 25. The school is eventually expected to serve between 900 – 1,000 students.

The construction of the new school is possible thanks to voter support of a $350 million school construction bond in November 2016.