Steel goes up for second phase of STEM Lab project

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 10:15am

Two-year project expected to finish in August 2019

Signing steel beams is becoming a bit of an October tradition for the students and staff of STEM Lab in Northglenn.

For the second time in a little over a year, the STEM Lab school community came together to sign a large steel beam destined for a part of the reconstructed school, which is in the second phase of a two-year renovation and reconstruction project. Adolfson and Peterson Construction (AP) made the beam available for students and staff to add their names prior to it being hoisted into place as part of the construction of the building's new west classroom wing.

Students and staff had previously been invited to sign a structural beam in October 2017 for the building's east expansion. 

Following the demolition of the building's former west classroom wing in July/August and about two months of work on a new building foundation, steel arrived in late October and quickly began going up for the 25,000-square-foot addition. Underground plumbing and electrical work was also taking place and pours of new concrete slabs were expected to begin in early November. 

The nearly 50-year-old STEM Lab building was identified as part of the 2016 Bond Program for a major renovation and reconstruction. The first phase of construction included the previously-mentioned 25,000-square-foot east expansion along with renovations to the existing wing, which included new science classrooms. That phase of work finished in early Summer 2018. The current phase of work, also a 25,000-square-foot expansion, is expected to be completed in time for the 2019-2020 school year.

When the school's renovation and reconstruction is completed, it will allow enrollment to grow from 475 current students to an anticipated 720 students and provide more STEM-learning opportunities for students across the Five Star District.