Steel goes up for STEM Lab expansion

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 10:15am

First phase of school expansion, renovation on schedule

Phase 1 of the expansion of STEM Lab in Northglenn took shape in October as the steel frame for the 25,000 square-foot east wing addition came together.

STEM students got to play a role in the work as students signed their names to an I-beam to be placed as part of the steel structure for the new elementary wing (pictured).

In addition to the expansion work, the roof replacement on the east side of the building was about 30 percent complete as of mid-October and new HVAC units were also hoisted by crane onto the roof.

Renovation work continues inside the school’s existing east wing. Walls have been rebuilt and new concrete floors poured in classrooms being repurposed into science labs. Walls and steel columns are also going up inside the school’s new fitness room.

Construction remains on schedule for the first phase of the expansion and renovation to be completed for the start of the 2018-19 school year. Once the current work is completed, the focus will shift to the demolition of the school’s existing west wing and construction of new wing. That process is expected to last through the 2018-19 school year.

The renovation and reconstruction of the 46-year-old STEM Lab building was identified as part of a $350 million school construction bond approved by voters in November 2016. When the school's renovation is completed for the start of the 2019-20 school year, it will allow enrollment to grow from 475 current students to an anticipated 675 students and provide more STEM-learning opportunities for students across the Five Star District.