First walls going up at new P-8 school in Broomfield

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 3:45pm

School scheduled to open in Fall 2018

After slogging through a muddy May, the pace has quickened at the construction site for the new P-8 school in Broomfield.

Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) Site Superintendent Kevin Harrison said the project has found a rhythm after spates of poor weather slowed initial progress. Construction workers are now pushing to make up for any lost time and keep the project on a tight delivery timeline for its planned Fall 2018 opening.

By mid-June, the frames for the first exterior walls of the school had taken shape on the south side of the school property while newly-poured concrete foundation walls outlined a portion of the footprint for the 142,000-square foot facility. There are about 30 – 50 construction workers on site on an average day right now. When construction hits its peak, the number will balloon to between 180-200 workers.

June Highlights

  • Drilling was nearing completion in June for the schools 72 geothermal wells with only a few wells left to be drilled. The geothermal system will provide the school’s heating and cooling.
  • The majority of the drilling and pouring for the school’s 203 structural support piers were finished with about 18 piers left to be poured and drilled near what will be the school’s front entrance and administrative area.
  • The massive export of 44,000 cubic yards of dirt from the site is primarily complete. A small amount of the excess dirt is temporarily being kept on site just in case it is needed later in the project.

Looking Ahead to July

  • Structural masonry walls will continue to be built. Pouring of foundation walls will also be ongoing. The hope is to have foundation work completed by the end of July so steel work can begin in August.
  • Masonry work will begin on the school’s three stair cores as well as the gymnasium.
  • The extension and installation of utility lines on the site (sanitary sewer, water and storm drainage) will continue.

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.