Thunder Vista makes its move

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 3:00pm

With substantial construction complete, school staff moves in

Boxes of books stacked in rooms waiting to be unpacked. Chairs and shelves in need of a final strategic location.

After more than a year of construction, the new Thunder Vista P-8 in Broomfield resembles any run-of-the-mill weekend moving project. Except on a much, much, larger scale.

Substantial completion of construction on the new 144,000-square-foot school wrapped up in early July, which allowed a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy to be issued. The certificate certified the building meets all codes and requirements and allowed the move-in process to begin as the school's furniture vendor unloaded desks, tables and chairs and boxes of curriculum and instructional materials were also delivered.

School certified and classified staff report to the building Aug. 1 and will spend the first several days unpacking materials, resources and curriculum. School staff will host a sneak peak event for school families Aug. 4 and Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Aug. 9. The districtwide first day of school will be Aug. 15. 

Even with staff moving in and the first day of school approaching, construction workers were still faced with plenty of work to complete inside and outside the school. In fact, some final work that will allow the school to receive a permanent certificate of occupancy will likely continue after hours through September. 

The new preschool through eighth-grade facility is being built on a 13-acre site in Anthem Highlands, a planned community of about 2,600 residential units, located near state Highway 7 and Interstate 25. The school is eventually expected to serve between 900 – 1,000 students.

The construction of the new school is possible thanks to voter support of a $350 million school construction bond in November 2016.