Steel rises quickly for Arapahoe Ridge expansion

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 2:45pm
Arapahoe Ridge expansion

Contractor looking ahead to adding exterior walls, roof

It didn't take long for the steel structure to take shape for the expansion of Arapahoe Ridge Elementary in Westminster.

In fact, it took less than a month for the entire steel skeleton of the 18,000-square-foot expansion to rise out of the muck of the perennially soggy spring ground. 

With structural steel work expected to be completed by the end of March, project contractor, JHL Constructors, is already looking ahead to the next steps in the process. That will include the pouring of the concrete slabs for the new two levels of the new classroom wings. Once the concrete work is complete, the focus will turn toward installing the exterior frame of the building and, ideally, starting roof installation in late April or early May. Underground plumbing installation is also anticipated to begin in April.

The expansion of Arapahoe Ridge will add 12 classrooms to the building, including preschool classrooms, and will allow the school to remove four mobile classroom buildings. It is antcipated to be completed for the 2018-19 school year.