Families of new school give final steel beam proper send-off

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 11:45am

Completion of steel work marks major construction milestone

The new Thunder Vista P-8, under construction in Broomfield, hit a milestone in December as structural steel work on the building finished.

For the week prior to the building "topping out" ceremony to celebrate the placement of the final steel beam, building contractor Adolfson and Peterson Construction (AP) invited school families and community members to visit the construction site and sign their name and/or personal message to the 30-foot long beam.

A 200-foot crane that has hovered over the structure since August scooped up the beam Dec. 21 and lowered it in to place for a pair of waiting iron workers to properly secure it to adjacent steel beams [Watch a video of the ceremony below].

As a pivotal phase of the construction reaches an end, brick veneer work has began on parts of the building exterior. Inside the building, framing work has progressed far enough where there are now walkable corridors and full rooms set off by completed drywall.

The school remains on schedule to open its doors to preschool through eighth-grade students in August 2018.

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.

Thunder Vista P-8 Topping Out Ceremony - December 2017