Thunder Vista construction passes quarter completion mark

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 2:30pm

Construction gets boost from warm fall weather

Construction on the new Thunder Vista P-8 in Broomfield steamed ahead in November as construction workers took advantage of unseasonably warm weather.

Kevin Harrison, site superintendent for Adolfson and Peterson Construction (AP), estimates the 142,000-square foot building is now about 35 to 40 percent complete.

The majority of concrete slab pours inside the building are complete with the exception of the gym pour, which will take place in December. Ninety-percent of the structural masonry block work on the school is complete. Structural steel work is also expected to finish in December.

Community members passing by the site in November might have noticed that portions of the building’s exterior have begun to be wrapped in foam board insulation. This work started in Area A of the building where construction has progressed the farthest and sets the stage for exterior brick veneer work to begin in December.  In Area C of the building, where construction is at an earlier stage, roof work will begin over the next month.

Interior framing work is accelerating with Harrison indicating that mass interior drywall installation is ready to start. Shortly before Thanksgiving, workers unloaded massive air handling units - one weighed more than 14,000 pounds - for final installation in the school’s lower level mechanical rooms.

With the sustained dry weather, the rush has also been on to complete as much additional curb and gutter work around the building as possible.

November Highlights

  • Finished most concrete slab pours (gym to be completed in December)
  • Continued structural steel installation
  • Continued exterior and interior framing
  • Majority of structural masonry work
  • Building system installation (HVAC, plumbing)
  • Completion of backfill dirt work on foundation walls

Looking ahead to December

  • Completion of structural steel installation
  • Start of roof installation (Area C)
  • Start of brick veneer work (Area A)
  • Continued interior and exterior framing work
  • Interior drywall work (Area A)
  • Continued building system installation (HVAC, plumbing)
  • Continued curb and gutter 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.

Thunder Vista Aerial Video - November 2017