Steel, concrete work continue on Thunder Vista P-8

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 11:45am
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Exterior framing work to begin in October

The new Thunder Vista P-8 under construction in Broomfield will undergo many transformations over the next year as it morphs from a construction site into a learning community for district students.

September marked yet another transformative step as the large-scale pouring of concrete slabs completed a five-month transition from a literal hole in the ground to a hollow shell of concrete and steel to a place where you can now walk through portions of the school and begin to envision students making the same journey to their classrooms in Fall 2018.

Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) Site Superintendent Kevin Harrison pointed out that concrete slabs have been poured for much of the school commons, kitchen and cafeteria area with a few areas still to be completed. Concrete pours also began for the second and third decks of the massive structure.

As concrete work accelerated, steel work also moved forward with the emphasis on preparing the east side of the school for steel preparation. Harrison estimated they were about 30 percent complete on bulk steel work as of late September. Major structural steel work is anticipated to last through October into November.

The towering walls of the school gym are nearly complete and work is finishing on the school’s central stair tower and elevator shaft. Harrison estimates structural masonry work about 75 percent complete as of late September.

Each phase and milestone of construction unlocks the opportunity to begin new work. With steel work and concrete decking in place on the west side of the building, exterior framing work will begin in October. This also paves the way to begin work such as the installation of above ceiling mechanical piping and also interior framing of critical mechanical rooms. This will allow contractors to soon begin the work to install critical building systems.

September Highlights

First concrete slab pours on all three levels of school

Continued structural steel work

Paving of school’s west visitor/staff parking lot and continued curb/concrete pathway work

Looking ahead to October

Continued installation of structural steel

Concrete slab pours on all levels of the school

Completion of masonry work (gym walls, stair towers and elevator shaft)

Start of exterior framing work


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.