STEM Lab hits final month of construction

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:15am

Interior, exterior final touches are focus as project finishes

STEM Lab in Northglenn has been a frenetic hub of construction activity for more than two years. However, as the project reaches its final full month of construction, an eerie calm has settled over the building.

Scattered construction workers - a far cry from the army of contractors that descended on the building during peak construction - now complete tasks that bring the building toward its expected July substantial completion date.

On a recent June Friday morning, workers touched up a large orange gear that hovers over visitors to the school's new library. The accent complements the similar unique shape of the library, a nod to the school's curriculum. Outside, workers pushed piles of large cobblestones around newly planted trees and shrubs. 

The relative calm does not mean there will not be plenty of work accomplished over the next month. The large staff/visitor parking lot on the west side of the campus still needed to be paved in late June. Inside the building, the grid of ceiling tiles remained an incomplete patchwork as wiring work continued. The school's secured main entry vestibule was also still nearing completion. 

The two-year STEM Lab project is part of the 2016 Bond Program to upgrade the learning environment for the magnet school and expand STEM-learning opportunities for students across the district. The project has been completed in two phases, while school continued, with the construction of two 25,000-square-foot classroom wings and the demolition of a large portion of the original more than 40-year-old building.

3980 Design is responsible for the design of the new building and Adolfson and Peterson Construction is the general contractor. 

When the school's renovation is completed, it will allow enrollment at the school to grow from 475 current students to an anticipated 720 students from across the district.