Ground broken on new P-8 school

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 2:35pm

New school set to open in Fall 2018

April 19 was a day to celebrate as Adams 12 Five Star Schools marked the start of construction on a new preschool through eighth-grade school in the Anthem community of Broomfield.

Future students of the school led the way as they donned hard hats and meticulously flung shovelfuls of dirt to commemorate the occasion.

“I can’t wait,” school principal Teresa Benallo said of the school’s planned Fall 2018 opening. “Before we know it, we’ll be standing on the entrance to our school and welcoming everyone into a beautiful building with an innovative, cutting-edge design and technology where we can dream big, learn big, work together, work hard, have fun and make all our dreams come alive.”

The new preschool through eighth-grade school 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 142,000 square-foot, multi-level school is being designed by architectural firm Hord Coplan Macht.

Upon completion, Anthem P-8 is slated to become the first school in the Denver Metro Area certified under the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Verified Leader program. The goal of CHPS is to fundamentally change the design, construction and operation of schools to: protect student and staff health, and enhance the learning environments of school children everywhere; conserve energy, water, and other natural resources and reduce waste, pollution, and environmental degradation.

General contractor, Adolfson & Peterson Construction, will build the new school.

District voters approved a $350 million school construction bond in November 2016 that allows for the construction of the new school. Five Star Schools Board of Education Vice President Laura Mitchell pointed out that the impact of the bond will reach far beyond Anthem.

“This is the first project taking off but we will be under taking projects in every corner of our district, expanding elementary schools [and] our STEM Lab Magnet School,” she said. “We will be significantly expanding our Career and Tech Ed capacity. We look forward to creating numerous pathways and partnerships with our local governments, higher education and community business leaders for students to pursue their passions.”

The bond will also allow the district to address critical deferred maintenance needs in aging schools and facilities. Each school and facility in the district will see improvements as a result of the bond.

Maura Devine, an Anthem parent and president of the Adams 12 Community Action Network, praised the community for its support. Adams 12 CAN played a pivotal role in rallying community support around the passage of the bond.

“Our community demonstrated its commitment to our children and importance of investing in high quality, safe and secure facilities in which our children can learn,” she said. “Most importantly, our community showed that, when we work together, we can accomplish amazing things and that led us to today.”

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