Students, staff celebrate finished first phase of STEM Lab

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 8:00am

Work shifts to Phase II of project

Consider it "the calm before the storm."

Prior to the start of Phase II of the STEM Lab reconstruction and renovation, students, staff and construction workers took a few minutes May 17 to celebrate the past year of construction.

Students and staff gathered in the gym of the Northglenn school at the start of their day and then streamed into the building's 25,000-square foot expanded and renovated east classroom wing to get their first look at the results of a year's worth of construction work. They were met by Adolfson and Peterson Construction contractors and a handful of Adams 12 district administrators who lined the hallways to exchange high fives with students. (Watch a video of the event below)

Contractors had worked until the early morning hours to ready the new portion of the building. The final flurry of construction gave students the chance to "ooh" and "awe" at the new wing's polished concrete floors, the bright and lively accent colors and creative architectural tie-ins to the existing building but, more importantly, it gave staff the necessary time to make a quick move to the new building.

Staff had until May 22 to finish packing up their classrooms so demolition prep work could begin on the two-story classroom and administrative wing on the west side of the building. Demolition work will go on from June through August and, like much of the STEM Lab project, there is a narrow completion window to meet in order for contractors to finish demolition before school starts Aug. 15.

Once demolition is complete, the focus will turn toward building a new west classroom wing. That work will take place throughout the 2018-2019 school year as the school operates primarily out of the new and renovated east wing. School administrative staff will use the a future music room as the school's main office. 

Many of the spaces staff and students will occupy for the next school year are temporary locations for grade levels as the entire school squeezes into the new portion of the building.

While the new east wing structure is complete, site work such as landscaping and playground installation is also expected to continue through the summer. 

STEM Lab Phase 1 Reveal - May 2018

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.