Utility work dominates early FutureForward construction

Friday, August 30, 2019 - 9:00am

New career and technical education campus planned to open in Fall 2020

There's plenty of work happening at the construction site for the district's new FutureForward at Washington Square campus in Thornton.

But most of the work happening now can be easily missed by the average site passerby and it will also ultimately be invisible to students and staff who will call the new career and technical education campus home.

As is almost always the case with new build construction projects, the first few months of construction for the new campus has focused on readying an adequate foundation to raise a building. This involved first hauling in a large amount of fill dirt to level the site. Work has since shifted to important underground utility work as workers extend sanitary sewer and water lines to the future building location. 

FutureForward at Washington Square August 2019 construction update

In early September, work will begin to pour concrete grade beams to support the 48,000-square-foot building with an eye toward walls for the building beginning to rise in early November.

The new campus, located near 126th Avenue and Washington Street in Thornton, is scheduled to open in Fall 2020 and is expected to increase CTE opportunities for district students by as much as 80 percent.

The campus - named for the business park where it will be located - will offer existing district CTE programs such as construction trades, welding, an introductory diesel mechanic course and EMT training. Programming will expand to include criminal justice, forensic science and fire science programs as well as an advanced diesel mechanic program.

FutureForward encompasses all career and technical education programming districtwide. FutureForward gives all students a competitive advantage as they enter college, career or the military. Students in FutureForward: Explore opportunities that prepare them for high-demand careers and give them an edge entering college; Engage in authentic, hands-on learning; and Equip themselves with relevant, rigorous and practical skills. There are two FutureForward campuses offering unique career-oriented programming: FutureForward at Bollman and FutureForward at Washington Square. Programs are also available at each of the district’s five comprehensive high schools.

In addition to the new CTE campus construction, the first phase of a two-year bond renovation project to update facilities and programming at the Bollman campus was recently completed.

Cuningham Group Architecture designed the new campus and Adolfson & Peterson Construction is the general contractor.