First month of Arapahoe Ridge construction complete

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 8:15am

New addition planned to open for the 2018-19 school year

Bouts of cold, snowy weather could have put a damper on the first month of construction on the Arapahoe Ridge Elementary expansion in Westminster but, other than plenty of mud to navigate around, construction kept moving in January.

The main construction activity over the past month was the excavation of the spot where the two-story, 18,900 square-foot addition will be built. With that work done, the focus shifted toward the drilling of 73 foundational caissons.

With the caisson work wrapping up at the end of January, installation of concrete grade beams – another component of the building foundation – is expected to start. The relocation of an eight-inch water line that runs under where the expansion foundation is being constructed will also take place. 

The expansion of Arapahoe Ridge will add 12 classrooms to the building, including preschool classrooms, and will allow the school to remove four mobile classroom buildings. It is anticipated to be completed for the start of the 2018-19 school year. JHL Constructors is the contractor for the project.

The expansion is possible thanks to voter support of a $350 million school construction bond in November 2016.