Demolition begins in Phase II of STEM Lab project

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 8:45am

Destruction of building's west wing to make room for new classroom wing

Work is moving ahead this summer on the demolition of the west wing of STEM Lab, part of Phase II of the Northglenn magnet school's two-year renovation and reconstruction project.

By late June, the school's former commons section had been demolished, effectively separating the renovated east portion of the building, which includes the gym, cafeteria and just completed east classroom wing expansion, and the soon-to-be-demolished two-story west classroom wing and administrative area.

The removal of the commons area paves the way for the main building demolition process to begin in early July. The goal is to have demolition work finished by the time students return for the new school year in August.

Construction on the new building is expected to last throughout the 2018-19 school year. When the entire new STEM Lab is complete, it will offer about 100,000 square feet of educational space. That's actually smaller than the existing STEM Lab building, a former district middle school, which is about 125,000 square feet. A more efficient design will still allow the school to offer expanded STEM-learning opportunities for district students with the school's population expected to grow to about 725 students.

While construction on the new east classroom wing finished in May, surrounding site work is continuing this summer with landscaping work and the recent re-installation of playground equipment that was removed for the first phase of construction.

Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) is handling the STEM Lab construction process.

The STEM Lab renovation and reconstruction project was identified as part of a $350 million school construction bond approved by voters in November 2016. Click here to learn more about this project