Ground broken on new P-8 school

Updated on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 8:21am

New school set to open in Fall 2018

Future students of a new school planned in Broomfield helped break ground April 19 on the start of construction on the new facility.

The students donned hard hats and used shovels to help turn the first ceremonial shovelfuls of dirt on the new project. They were joined by Adams 12 Superintendent Chris Gdowski and recently-named school principal Teresa Benallo.

The new preschool through eighth-grade school 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, which is planned to open in Fall 2018, is eventually expected to serve between 900 – 1,000 students.

District voters approved a $350 million school construction bond in November 2016 that will allow Five Star Schools to build the new school, a new Career and Technical Education campus and make significant expansions, renovations and improvements to existing district schools. 

“We are grateful to the community for their support of the $350 million bond question that makes the construction of this school possible along with many other planned improvements to our district,” said Five Star Schools Superintendent Chris Gdowski. “Adding a new school in Anthem Highlands is a critical need not only for this growing community but also for our surrounding elementary and middle schools that have been impacted by the growth of this area.”

The 142,000 square-foot, multi-level school is being designed by architectural firm Hord Coplan Macht, who designed the nation’s first Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Verified Leader certified school.

Upon completion, Anthem P-8 is slated to become the first school in the Denver Metro Area certified under the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Verified Leader program. The CHPS program is a leading national movement to improve student performance and the entire educational experience by building the best possible schools. The goals of CHPS is to fundamentally change the design, construction and operation of schools to: protect student and staff health, and enhance the learning environments of school children everywhere; conserve energy, water, and other natural resources and reduce waste, pollution, and environmental degradation.

The design of the new Anthem P-8 school incorporates the modern mountain aesthetic of the Anthem community by incorporating brick and metal panels that incorporate colors from the natural setting and design features in Anthem.  The strong brick fins on the end of the classroom wings hold back the earth and emulate the Flatirons that can be seen from the site. Additional design features include a learning stair that connects the cafeteria to the main level, an open library concept that includes an upper level area for middle school students and break out areas in the classroom wings.

“It has been a privilege to design, in a collaborative process, the Anthem P-8 to serve as a much-needed addition to the district and a high performance learning environment for students, faculty and the Anthem Highlands community,” said Adele Willson, principal, Hord Coplan Macht.

The school will be built by general contractor, Adolfson & Peterson Construction.