Steel work signals new phase of P-8 construction

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 4:30pm

Foundation work wrapping up as building takes to the sky

With the anticipated opening of P-8 School No. 33 in the Anthem community of Broomfield now officially less than a year away, construction is moving ahead at a brisk pace.

The most obvious sign of progress to emerge over the past month is the massive, 200-foot crane now looming over the 13-acre site. The crane arrived and was assembled in late August and quickly began hoisting the first pieces of structural steel into place.

Building foundation work is now primarily complete and the last of the foundation walls will be poured soon. The school’s first stair tower is finished, masonry work on the second and third tower as well as the elevator shaft are also under way.

The first concrete slab will be poured in early September in the school’s main commons area. With steel now being placed, Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) Site Superintendent Kevin Harrison said he also hopes to begin exterior building framing work as early as mid-September. With fall and winter ahead, he points out that the rush is on to get as much work done as possible before construction is at the mercy of unpredictable weather.

Concrete curb and walkways also now encircle the school’s west staff and visitor parking lot and paving is expected to be done by the start of September.

August Highlights

Building foundation work primarily complete

Beginning of structural steel work

Concrete curb and walkway pour on school’s west visitor and staff parking lot

Installation of interior plumbing stubs

Looking ahead to September

Installation of structural steel

Paving of west visitor and staff parking lot

First concrete slab pour

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

Start of exterior framing work

Continued installation of interior plumbing stubs

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.