STEM Lab back in construction mode

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 1:00pm

Demolition work finished, ground work underway on new wing

After a summer focused on demolition work, construction is back under way at STEM Lab in Northglenn.

The school is in the midst of a two-year, $20 million renovation and rebuild project made possible through community support of the 2016 Bond Program.

In early August, construction equipment finished clearing the last of the rubble from the July demolition of the building's former west classroom wing. As students returned to begin the new school year, construction workers also began anew, building a new foundation for a 25,000-square-foot building expansion to mirror a similarly-sized expansion built over the past year on the east side of the building.

Site preparation work that began in August and will continue into September includes the export of about five feet of dirt from the site of the demolished building wing. Work will then get underway on the drilling and pouring of new foundation caissons to support the new structure as well as underground utility work.

STEM Lab students and staff will spend the 2018-19 school year in the renovated and expanded east portion of the building. The STEM Lab project is expected to be completely finished for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

The renovation and reconstruction project was identified as part of a $350 million school construction bond approved by voters in November 2016. When the school's renovation is completed for the start of the 2019-20 school year, 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.