Walls go up on FutureForward campus construction

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 8:45am

New CTE campus expected to open in 2020-21 school year

Construction on the FutureForward at Washington Square took a large, visible step forward in November.

The 67 massive, pre-cast concrete panels for the high-bay learning spaces that will house diesel automotive, welding and construction programs were installed throughout the month of November. Construction in the month of December will included the pouring of concrete slabs and the installation of structural steel for the north side of the building.

FutureForward at Washington Square - November 2019 Construction Update

The new campus, located near 126th Avenue and Washington Street in Thornton, is scheduled to open in the 2020-21 school year 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.