P-8 school construction trudges on through wet weather, mud

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 4:21pm

Site prep work moves ahead despite weather

The first full month of construction at the new P-8 school in the Anthem community of Broomfield was marked by plenty of rain and plenty of mud.

Kevin Harrison, project site superintendent with Adolfson & Peterson Construction, admits that the intermittent heavy rain showers have made it hard for the construction process to “get in a groove.”

Despite the soggy weather, site preparation work has moved forward.

A few highlights from April/May:

  • The export of about 44,000 cubic yards of dirt was 98 percent complete by late May
  • The majority of site grading work has been completed
  • Drilling is under way on the 72, 450-foot-deep wells that will provide the school’s geothermal heating and cooling system
  • Drilling and pouring is taking place for the school’s 203 structural support piers
  • Three-quarters of the building pad for the 142,000 square-foot, multi-level facility has now been prepped

Looking ahead to June, the following construction activities will begin or continue:

  • Start of work on concrete foundation walls that will support the building structure
  • Geothermal well drilling as well as drilling and pouring of structural piers will continue
  • Extension of utility lines (sanitary sewer, water and storm drainage) to school site

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. The school is planned to open in Fall 2018.