Demolition work paves way for new STEM Lab

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 3:30pm

Existing interior work under way, new addition construction starts in July

Though there wasn’t a lot of activity to witness outside of STEM Lab during the month of June, there was a flurry of work taking place inside the K-8 magnet school in Northglenn.

With grading work for the 25,000-square-foot addition to the east side of the school not expected to start until July, the first full month of the two-year construction process was mostly confined to asbestos abatement and demolition in the school’s existing east wing.

The construction process, headed up by Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP), is on schedule with the exception of a few procedural delays. The rush is on to get the school prepared to welcome students back in August. While most of the learning at STEM Lab will temporarily shift to the west side of the building for the upcoming school year, students and staff will still need to use some east wing components, including the gym and cafeteria.

What’s happened?

  • Bared hallway and classroom ceilings now reveal tangles of wiring, protruding ductwork and dangling light fixtures.
  • Future science classrooms have cross-shaped cuts through the concrete slab where new plumbing will be installed.
  • The floor and walls of the cafeteria have been scraped down to a concrete shell (pictured above). It will likely remain that way for much of the 2017-18 school year until new finishes are applied. Openings are being cut for new, larger windows on the north side of the cafeteria. These will allow for more natural light for students while they eat.
  • Rows of double stacked light blue lockers have been stripped from the east wing corridor.
  • Disassembled wooden bleachers are stacked in the gym. They will eventually be repurposed as wall covering and student benches.

What’s ahead?

  • Asbestos abatement work was wrapping up in the east wing at the end of June and workers were planning to move to areas on the west side of the building in July.
  • Parts of the school’s playground have begun to disappear in anticipation of grading work for the new addition. Students will use City of Northglenn park space as a temporary playground for the upcoming school year. The playground equipment will be stored and re-installed in a new location, tentatively scheduled to be ready for the 2018-19 school year.

The renovation and reconstruction of the 46-year-old STEM Lab building was identified as part of a $350 million school construction bond approved by voters in November 2016. When the school's renovation is completed for the start of the 2019-20 school year, it will allow enrollment to grow from 475 current students to an anticipated 675 students and provide more STEM-learning opportunities for students across the Five Star District.