27J Bond Construction Blog

  • Architect, construction company get ready to build new 27J school

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 4/2/2019

    Architect Carson Shields points out unique design aspects of Reunion Elementary.

    Architect Carson Shields of Hord Coplan Macht (HCM) Architects points out unique construction details to GH Phipps team members Kent Cohen, Project Manager, (left) and Corey Allison, Project Engineer. GH Phipps will construct Elementary School 13; HCM designed Reunion School and is the architectal firm for Elementary 13.


    Construction team walks Reunion Elementary School to check out architectural details.

    The construction team for Elementary School 13 walked around Reunion Elementary School this week in preparation for constructing a new elementary school in Brighton.


    The Elementary 13 construction team tours a classroom at Reunion Elementary.

    The construction team of Elementary School 13 toured a classroom at Reunion Elementary School.


    A new 27J elementary school will start to be built in Brighton next month. The design for Elementary School 13, still to be named, will be the same as Reunion Elementary School. Reunion Elementary was opened in fall 2017. 

    In anticipation of the start of construction, Architect Carson Shields of Hord Coplan Macht Architects walked through Reunion Elementary pointing out unique aspects of the building. On hand, were project managers from the 27J construction team, team members from the builder GH Phipps Construction and representatives from the Owner's Representative for the project, which is Inline Management.

    The architect and contractors walked around the inside of Reunion Elementary looking at building details and touring classrooms, the gymnasium, media center, cafeteria and the art room. The tour was designed to inform the builders about design features for the school as they will soon start building another school with the same layout and design.

    From flooring to tile, signage, stairways and doorways, the construction team for Elementary School 13 toured Reunion Elementary School on April 1. Construction of Elementary School 13 begins in May.

    The official groundbreaking for Elementary School 13, to be constructed at 5505 Longs Peak Street in Brighton, will be held on Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m. The community is invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony.


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  • Rodger Quist and Teachers tour Quist Middle School construction

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 2/11/2019 10:00:00 AM

    The classroom wing under construction at Quist Middle School.

    Quist teachers tour school construction for first time.

    Teachers tour inside the classroom wing at Quist Middle School.

    Rodger Quist and his wife, Dian, tour the school under construction.

    Principal Trina Norris-Buck with Rodger Quist and his wife, Dian.

    Rodger Quist who the new middle school is named after with Principal Trina Norris-Buck

    Retired 27J educator Rodger Quist and his wife, Dian, toured the Quist Middle School construction site with Quist Principal Trina Norris-Buck and teachers this week. The school is named for Rodger Quist.

    This was the first time teachers and the Quist family have toured the school. The new middle school is being built across the street from Riverdale Ridge High School, which is where Quist students are attending classes until their new school opens next year.

    Rodger Quist and his wife, Dian, were amazed to see how far along construction is on the school. “Wow. I can hardly wait to see it finished,” said Rodger Quist. “I’m impressed to see what they have done so far.” His wife, Dian Quist said, “It’s beautiful.”

    Quist Science and English Teacher Toni Kile said, “I have been watching it go up outside my classroom window.”

    “It’s exciting to see ourselves in our future space,” said Katie Padderud, a sixth grade teacher.

    Quist Art Teacher Kelly Beach said he was excited about the art room space. There will be both 2D and 3D art rooms. "The lighting is fantastic in both rooms," Beach said.

    Band Teacher Michael Vallez said it was really cool to see the band room under construction.


    Who is Rodger Quist? Quist worked in School District 27J from August 1977 to July 1997--as principal of Northeast Elementary School (1977-1985;) principal at Overland Trail Middle School (1985-1990;) and principal at South Elementary School (1990-1995.)

    Quist served as 27J Executive Director of Finance and Operations from 1995-1997. He was also interim Superintendent of Schools twice during his tenure with the District.

    The construction on Quist Middle School is nearly halfway completed.

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  • Dental Clinic opens at Brighton High School Health Center

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 1/16/2019 11:00:00 AM

      Preventative dental services are now offered weekly to Brighton High students.

    The first Brighton High students received preventative dental services on Jan. 15. The dental team saw seven students the first day. 


    Sauld Family Health Centers now provide dental care to Brighton High students.

    Salud Dental Hygienist, Richard Phillips, and Salud Dental Assistant, Maria Gonzalez, provide oral health care at Brighton High. 


    Dental Clinic opens at Brighton High 


    A new dental program offering preventative services for students opened this week at Brighton High School's Health Center. 27J Schools is partnering with Kids First Health Care and Salud Family Health Centers to bring preventive dental care, including screenings, cleanings, fluoride varnish, and sealants, to Brighton High students.

    Dental services began being offered on January 15. On the first day, seven students received dental exams, and four students received sealants. Dental services will be offered at Brighton High every Tuesday during the school year. 

    Thank you to BOK Financial Biz Bash and Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation for providing the funding needed to be able to offer dental services to students at Brighton High.








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  • Ribbon cutting ceremonies held at Northeast Elementary & Overland Trail Middle

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 1/14/2019 6:00:00 AM

    Northeast staff and students made a huge number 50 on the Broncos field to celebrate.

    Northeast staff and students made a huge number 50 last week to celebrate the school reaching five decades of education.


    Kindergarten students at Northeast celebrated their new Kindergarten wing with ribbon cutting ceremonies of their own.

    Northeast Kindergarten students celebrated their new Kindergarten wing with four classrooms by having their own ribbon cutting ceremonies. This is Veronica Navarro's Kindergarten classroom and also pictured (left) is Northeast Principal Toby Karr.


     27J Board President Roberta Thimmig

    27J Board of Education President Roberta Thimmig talked about the history of Northeast Elementary School at the Jan. 10 ribbon cutting celebration.


    Principal Toby Karr cuts the ribbon with Northeast students.

    Northeast Principal Toby Karr officially cuts the ribbon with Northeast students. They are: Hendrix Lee, Carlos Rico, Adelyn Rico, Jaileigh Campbell, Dalilah Romero, Maria Esparza Garcia, Lan Dominguez, Sara Groblebe and Isabelle Olson.


    Overland Trail Middle School red ribbon cutting ceremony.

    Overland Trail Middle School Principal Eric Lambright and staff and teachers are ready to celebrate by cutting the ribbon to mark the expansion and renovation projects at the school. Pictured (left to right) are Principal Lambright, Kim Weber, Rachel Baldwin, Dominic Rossi, MaryLu Hernbloon, Angel Tari, Rick Hernbloom, Gus Ruybal, Shelia Love, Cahterine Davis and Christy Meredith. Also pictured are current School Resource Officer Asael Leon in front; and former Overland Trail School Resource Officer Elias Garcia.


    Overland Trail Middle School students cut the ribbon.

    The Overland Trail Middle School students cutting the ribbon are Jennyfer Martinez and Nataly Chavez. Also pictured are OTMS staff and teachers and School Resource Officers.


    Expansions & Renovations completed at Northeast Elementary, Overland Trail Middle School

    Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held at two schools in 27J last week. Community members, students and staff celebrated at Northeast Elementary School and Overland Trail Middle School on Jan. 10 to mark the completion of renovation and expansion projects at the schools.

    A purple ribbon was cut by Northeast Principal Toby Karr and Northeast students to mark the new look at Northeast Elementary School.  

    “There is one thing that has not changed through all of this, and that has only grown stronger over the past 50 years; that is our community,” said Principal Karr. “Our students, our staff, and all of you, have made Northeast what it is today. Here’s to the next 50 years at Northeast Elementary!”

    The event was made extra special when former Northeast teachers, staff and students also attended to celebrate the elementary school’s 50th anniversary. Northeast staff and teachers wore 50th Anniversary T-shirts to mark the anniversary.

    Earlier in the day, Kindergarten Teachers Veronica Navarro, Lynne Craig, Skylar Warhurst and Sydney King with their students participated in ribbon cuttings in front of their newly constructed classrooms. A Kindergarten wing was built onto Northeast Elementary to house four new classrooms, a common area and restrooms.

    A second ribbon was cut at Overland Trail Middle School later that same evening. The red ribbon was cut by Overland Students Jennyfer Hernandez-Martinez and Nataly Chavez. Overland Trail Middle School teachers and staff along with Principal Eric Lambright participated in the ribbon cutting.

    At the middle school, an expansion brings an additional 6,330-sq.-ft. of student space that was constructed on to the front of the school. This new space can accommodate up to 150 students for projects and multi-class presentations.

    At Northeast Elementary, a media center hub was created and a new computer lab was opened. Both schools were completely renovated over the summer with new carpet and paint, new furniture, and energy-efficient LED lights.

    The shared campus was also upgraded. At Northeast, new playground equipment was put in, and a turf field donated by the Denver Broncos was installed. At Overland Trail, a new outdoor basketball court was installed. A concrete path that runs between the schools has been installed and they will share an outdoor classroom that has seating boulders.

    Thank you to GE Johnson Construction Company and to MTech Mechanical for providing dinner. Special thanks to Black Jack Pizza in Brighton for providing so many pizzas in such a short time frame in order to feed everyone.

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  • Northeast students enjoy recess even more with Bronco field

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 12/20/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Northeast students enjoy their new field

    A new field brings huge smiles New field gives students more reason to run around Broncos field installed at Northeast Elementary


    Northeast Elementary third graders had huge smiles on their faces when they were able to play on a newly installed artificial turf field at their school recently.


    The Denver Broncos Football organization donated the former practice field to the school. Students were enjoying recess on the field.


    Putting in the field was just one of the upgrades at Northeast Elementary. The school was also expanded with a new Kindergarten wing being constructed and the entire school was renovated over the summer.


    A community celebration to mark the school's new look will be on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 4 p.m. The community is invited to attend.

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  • 27J Bond Oversight members, project managers thankful for construction at schools

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 11/21/2018 7:00:00 AM

    Bond Oversight Committee members tour a Vikan classroom.

    For their November meeting, Bond Oversight members toured Vikan Middle School.

    At their November meeting, Bond Oversight Committee members toured Vikan Middle School to see construction upgrades that are completed throughout the school.



    As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday many of us take time to reflect on what we each are thankful for this week. Here are some of the comments from 27J Bond Oversight Committee members and 27J Construction Project Managers about what they all are thankful for this time of year:


    27J School District School Superintendent Chris Fiedler: “We are grateful. It has been a fast three years. The construction teams have finished an incredible amount of work in schools. It’s for the kids and we are really thankful we have delivered on the promises to voters. Speaking as a dad, it’s the little things that matter. My son who attends Southeast Elementary School is thrilled about the new furniture there.”


    27J Board and Bond Oversight Committee member Greg Piotraschke: “Thank you for everything the School District and the Construction Department and teams have done. I’m grateful for all we have done in three years.”


    27J Bond Oversight Committee member Liz Johnson: “I have appreciated this opportunity to serve on the Bond Oversight Committee. People in the District care about our kids. It’s cool to see what’s been done in our schools.”


    27J Board and Bond Oversight Committee member Roberta Thimmig: “I have seen a lot of momentum from this bond. The growth will still come to this area but I think we have a base to build on and that’s because of our parents who value our schools.”


    27J Bond Oversight Committee member Gary Allen : “I have two grandchildren in 27J Schools at Brantner Elementary. I’m so appreciative of what’s been done at that school. (The 2015 Bond funded a project to have Brantner enlarged to almost double the size of the school.) “Everything I have seen with the 2015 bond has been remarkable. I see the pride now and the people who think this is a great School District. The things I see going on here I’m so thankful for. The teachers I talk with are happy and they look forward to coming to work.”


    27J Senior Construction Project Manager Caleb McNeil: “I am thankful to serve the entire school district by renovating existing spaces or creating new spaces for teachers to teach and children to learn. I am thankful to work with a great organization filled with welcoming folks. I also am thankful for the Construction staff because they work very hard to maximize the bond funds and do their best to deliver the best products to each school community we work with."


    27J Construction Project Manager Les Layton: “I am responsible for getting all the warranty work done on our construction projects. There is a two-year warranty on all of our major projects and the contractor is responsible for anything that comes up for those first two years. I am thankful for this job. It is rewarding when you see students in the new and or improved areas at schools around the district."


    27J Construction Project Manager Kevin Barden: "As a 27J construction project manager I am thankful the bond funded a new health care center at Brighton High School this summer. This project ensures that high school students in the District have access to health care right in their school. I'm also thankful to have been a part of the renovation project at Brighton High School that enlarged the Dawg Diner cafeteria and made heating and cooling upgrades to the school for better comfort in classrooms for teachers and students."


    27J Construction Project Manager Mike Craig: “I’m thankful the 2015 bond funded the renovation project that upgraded Vikan Middle School, which is 56 years old, to look like a new school from the outside and throughout the building. I’m also thankful for the current bond-funded expansion and renovation projects at Northeast Elementary and Overland Trail Middle School. I give thanks that students are benefiting from the renovations that occurred this summer and they will enjoy more space in their schools when the project is completed in December.”

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  • Outdoor classroom created for Northeast Elementary & Overland Trail Middle

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 10/29/2018 10:00:00 AM

    Shared outdoor classroom space is going in at Northeast and OTMS.


    Students will sit two upon a boulder for seating in the outdoor classroom.


    Outdoor classroom at Northeast Elementary and Overland Trail Middle Schools. Trees are being planted there also.


    Northeast Elementary and Overland Trail Middle School students will be spending more time outdoors this spring. An outdoor classroom space with trees, and boulders to sit on, has been put in place in the center of the campus.


    Outdoor classrooms are gaining in popularity at schools. Outdoor classrooms are not an extension of the playground. They are a separate area designed to provide various learning opportunities in a natural setting. They may include project-based stations, observation areas, and gathering spaces for discussion. Outdoor classrooms provide methods of learning not possible in a traditional indoor classroom.


    Providing students with an outdoor learning experience gives them a chance to feel the sun on their face and the wind in their hair, giving them a closer connection to their natural environment.

    The "seat" boulders were put in place last week. The space will accommodate 24 students, with 12 boulders arranged and students sitting two upon each boulder. This outdoor space complements other school site improvements such as a trail going in on the grounds and an artificial turf field soon ready for students at the elementary school to run and play on.

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  • Quist Middle School construction starts gym walls

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 10/12/2018 11:05:00 AM

    The gymnasium walls have started going up at Quist Middle School.


    Steel in the first classroom area is completed.


    Steel going up in the second part of the classroom wing.


    A crane is moving steel girders to construct Pod B of the school.


    When Quist Middle School is built by 2020, it will be able to house 825 students in grades six, seven and eight. Currently, 669 Quist Middle students are housed at Riverdale Ridge High School -- until their school is built.


    By enrollment numbers, Quist Middle School is the second largest middle school in School District 27J.


    The construction of Quist Middle School is moving along. In fact, the first part of the two-story classroom wing for the steel structure has been completed. The roof decking is nearly completed, and the slab floor is scheduled to be poured this week. 


    Last week, the second part of the steel structure was started for the middle school. Steel girders were being fastened in place all week to build this extension of the classroom wing. The third area for the steel structure is scheduled to start being built this week.


    The walls have also started going up for the gymnasium. Workers are placing concrete masonry units to build the gym walls. 



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  • Surveying work taking place at Elementary 13 site

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 10/5/2018 8:00:00 AM

    JR Engineering was surveying the area around the new elementary school site.


    Survey work is happening around the new elementary school site.


    Engineers scope out amenities in the vicinity like handicapped ramps.


    Survey work is happening on the Elementary School 13 site.


    Engineering survey work was going on at the site for 27J's next elementary school.


    Crews from JR Engineering were doing surveying work this week at the site of the School District's next elementary school. This school is currently being called Elementary School No. 13.


    Elementary School No. 13 will be located in Brighton Crossings subdivision on Longspeak Street off 50th Avenue. The site for the new school is located north of the King Soopers Shopping Center off 50th Avenue. This new elementary school will be constructed by 2020. 


    Pre-construction surveying work being conducted includes topographical mapping on the site and on streets adjacent to the school site. Manholes close to the site are surveyed to measure pipe size and depth. The pre-construction surveying work was being conducted to map out locations for water and sewer pipes and stormwater requirements for the school site.


    Elementary School No. 13 will be constructed as a prototype building of Reunion Elementary School. Construction on the new school is scheduled to begin in spring 2019. This will be the final school constructed with funding from the 2015 Bond.


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  • Broncos turf field going in at Northeast Elementary

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 10/2/2018 10:00:00 AM

    Denver Bronco logo can been seen at Northeast Elementary now.

    Broncos name and logo go down on the artificial turf field for Northeast kids to play on.

    Crews are putting down an artificial field at Northeast Elementary this week.


    Crews are installing a former practice field donated by the Denver Broncos at Northeast Elementary School this week.


    Putting in the field at the school is part of the renovation and expansion program underway at Northeast Elementary.


    Once the artificial turf is installed, students will be able to toss the football on the field and play sports and games on it.



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