District parent, community groups get look inside bond work

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 2:45pm
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Tour includes new construction, expansion projects

Parents and community members took a sneak peek inside several under-construction district bond projects during the month of April.

Members of the district's Long Range Planning Advisory Committee (LRPAC) and Five Star Leadership Academy visited the new Thunder Vista P-8 being built in the Anthem community of Broomfield. LRPAC members also toured the renovation and expansion project at STEM Lab in Northglenn while Leadership Academy members made a stop at Arapahoe Ridge Elementary in Westminster to receive update on the school's expansion project, which began in December 2017. 

Thunder Vista was a centerpiece of both tours as representatives from contractor Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) and architect Hord Coplan Macht as well as school principal Teresa Benallo guided participants through the three-floor, 142,000 square foot building. Committee members looked inside some nearly completed classrooms, toured the school kitchen where serving line equipment has now been installed and walked through the gymnasium where workers will lay the floor next month.

Construction on Thunder Vista began in April 2017 and the school remains on schedule for an August 2018 opening with substantial construction completion set for mid-July. In addition to ongoing interior work, brick veneer work is rapidly approaching completion on the outside of the building and playground equipment is also being placed.

At STEM Lab, LRPAC members also saw a construction project rapidly approaching completion. However, in the case of STEM Lab, next month's anticipated finish is just the completion of the first phase of a two-year construction project. Over the past year, much of the building's existing east wing has been renovated while a 25,000 square-foot east expansion has been built. When the work is finished in May, staff will shift to the new side of the building so that demolition work can begin on the west side of the building and construction can begin on a new west wing. The second phase of construction is expected to last throughout the 2018-19 school year. 

Architect Paul Kastner with 3890 Design led the tour where he highlighted the unique design touches that have blended the existing building and new addition together, including the school's old gym bleacher wood being repurposed for interior finishes. Work is moving at a quick pace as the construction team prepares for staff to make the move to the new area in late May. While interior work wraps up in May, exterior site work including landscaping and playground installation will likely continue through the summer.

Community members and parents wanting to learn more about the work that has happened over the past year at STEM Lab and the work still to come are invited to a community meeting at the school from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 3

Interested in joining LRPAC or Five Star Leadership Academy?

The Five Star District is looking for parent and community leaders to join its LRPAC and Five Star Leadership Academy for the 2018-19 school year. 

​Five Star Leadership Academy 

The Five Star Leadership Academy is an opportunity for Adams 12 Five Star Schools parents and community members to increase their knowledge of public education. Meeting once-a-month for the 2018-19 school year, the program creates a sense of shared responsibility and partnership, empowering graduates with information and resources needed to step into leadership roles within our schools, district or community:  www.adams12.org/FSLA

​Long Range Planning Advisory Committee (LRPAC) 

The LRPAC is a community-led oversight committee featuring parents and community members who serve as a 2016 Bond Program oversight and long-term planning accountability committee. Meets once-a-month on Thursday mornings: www.adams12.org/LRPAC