More than 30 projects to take place over the summer
An unprecedented amount of bond construction work is beginning to wind down across the Five Star District as the focus turns to preparing schools to welcome back students in August.
More than $90 million in bond improvements have taken place at more than 30 schools and facilities in Summer 2019 from upgrades to building systems to interior building renovations to playground improvements.
Projects included the start of construction on FutureForward at Washington Square, the district's second career and technical education campus; the completion of a two-year renovation of STEM Lab in Northglenn; larger second phases of work at Horizon and Northglenn high schools and renovation and repair projects at schools and facilities across the district.
Some examples of the repair and renovation work that will take place at schools includes:
- Critical building systems improvements including plumbing repairs and mechanical systems such as building HVAC
- Safety and security improvements such as replacement and installation of digital security cameras, new building electronic card reader access and security improvements to building front entrances
- Playground improvements
- Renovations and upgrades to buildings and school specials programs as outlined by school Design Advisory Groups
Start of construction on second Career and Technical Education Campus (anticipated start: Summer 2019)
School/Facility Renovation Work
Educational Support Center
Huron Office Building
A number of schools have prioritized the installation of new classroom technology (interactive projectors, classroom sound amplification systems, document cameras, new teacher computers and new whiteboards that support interactivity). Schools receiving full or partial classroom technology installations in Summer 2019 include:
Horizon High School
North Mor Elementary
Legacy High School
Thornton High School
Silver Hills Middle
The Studio School
The process for bond building improvements at a school or facility generally involves the selection of a project architect to lead the design process, a contractor to handle the physical implementation of improvements and the creation of a school-appointed Design Advisory Group (DAG). A Design Advisory Group is a committee of school stakeholders, which can include school staff, parents and community members, who work with the project design team to identify priorities especially when it comes to less defined aspects of a school's bond improvements such as money set aside for building renovations, specials programs upgrades (elementary) and art, theater and music improvements (secondary level).