Construction on Thunder Vista P-8 keeps pace in January

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 3:15pm

Building concrete work wrapping up as window installation begins

The new Thunder Vista P-8 in Broomfield is now less than eight months away from welcoming its first students.

The rapid pace of work inside and outside the new 142,000 square-foot building is indicative of the fact that the opening of the school gets closer each day. 

But, when one pauses to marvel at the enormous amount of work happening in the new school, Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) site superintendent Kevin Harrison points out "there could always be more."

Even with about 120 workers currently on site each day, Harrison is aware that the clock is ticking. 

Brick work is complete on a whole portion of the west side of the building and passersby along Preble Creek Parkway can now begin to appreciate the two-tone brick veneer that will cover the building exterior. The next step will be the start of window installation in early February. Those monitoring the construction may also notice the protruding archway near the center of the building that features eight massive glulam wood timbers. This area will eventually be enclosed and the wood timbers will accent the school's multi-level library.

Inside the west portion of the building, interior work is also the farthest along with framing and drywall work complete. The focus will turn in February to finishes such as paint and ceramic tile. Most of the above ceiling mechanical work is now complete, which will allow for the frame work of the ceiling grid to be installed (actual ceiling tiles will be placed later). 

January Highlights

  • Continued interior stud framing (about 40 percent complete)
  • Roof of gym was being installed in January - roof work about 40 percent complete
  • Continued drywall installation (about 30 percent complete)
  • Interior concrete pours completed
  • Walk-in coolers and kitchen stove vent hoods installed in kitchen area
  • Continued exterior brick veneer work

Looking ahead to February

  • Window installation to begin
  • Interior finishes (paint, tile and ceiling grid) to start
  • Large air-handling units to be placed on gym roof
  • Interior stud framing continues
  • Drywall installation continues
  • Roof work continues
  • Exterior brick work continues

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.