Thunder Vista P-8 nears completion

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 8:45am

Building expected to be turned over to district in mid-July

The construction plan for the new Thunder Vista P-8 School in Broomfield was always designed to finish the two classroom wings first and then have the construction process meet in the middle where the school's library, administrative area and commons section reside.

A recent June day on the construction site revealed that - despite the inevitable setbacks and surprises that come with any construction project - work has gone according to plan.

While the classroom wings were quiet enough to hear the whir of the building mechanical system, the center portion of the building was a hub of activity with workers painting walls and installing lighting and ceiling tiles.  

As the final push of interior building construction continues, required final inspections are under way or have already taken place for items such as the building's electrical, plumbing and fire alarm systems.

Outside the school, playgrounds are in place along with artificial play surfaces. Landscaping is being installed with seeding work anticipated to begin in late June. AP is also de-mobilizing with its mobile trailer leaving the site and staff taking up residence in a basement mechanical room. The removal of items such as trailers and mobile storage units will allow a final layer of asphalt to be poured on school parking lots. Exterior lighting to areas such as parking lots has also been added. 

Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) Site Superintendent Kevin Harrison said the final phase of construction is the hardest but also one of the most rewarding parts of the construction process as every final detail is scrutinized and more than a year's worth of work comes to fruition. He added that the end phase of construction can often validate a construction process that went well from the beginning or, in the same token, magnify challenges that occurred along the way. In the case of the three-floor, 144,000-square foot school, Harrison is proud of the work the team has done and said they remain on schedule to hand the building over to the district in mid-July.

Thunder Vista P-8 Aerial Video - June 2018

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.