STEM staff tours new building addition

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 8:30am

First phase of work pushing toward summer completion

With the first phase of construction on STEM Lab in Northglenn now past the halfway mark, school teachers and staff got an up-close look at the construction during a recent tour. 

The school is in the midst of a multi-phased, $20 million renovation that will transform the 47-year-old building into a state-of-the-art learning environment for more than 700 students from across the district. 

Teachers peeked inside new locker room restrooms, now ADA-accessible and ready to be turned over to the school at the end of February, as well as the new large space for the school's fitness room. They also looked inside classrooms that are being converted into science labs.

But most "oohs" and "awes" were reserved for when teachers and staff crossed over from the old into the new - the school's 25,000-square-foot addition - which now seamlessly connects to the existing building. Teachers stepped inside partially-framed classrooms and attempted to envision how classrooms would be situated. The first touches of new addition finishes - including old bleacher wood recycled from the school's gymnasium - have also began to be installed in classroom hallways.

Keeping STEM Lab open during the massive construction project means some of the building's new spaces will serve a temporary role before they are utilized for their designed purpose. For example - when students and staff shift to the east wing next year so the west wing can be demolished and rebuilt - the new fitness room will serve as the school's library. Likewise, a school music rooms will serve as the school office.

Construction remains on budget and on schedule with the plan still in place for students and staff to shift to the east side of the building for the 2018-19 school year so demolition and re-construction can begin on the west side of the building. Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) is handling the construction.

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.