27J Bond Construction Blog

  • Prairie View High track stripes painted on

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 6/13/2019

    The Prairie View High track was resurfaced with bond funds this month.

    Painters were putting down new lanes on the Prairie View High track, after the surface was refinished.

    Painters put down new lines to make lanes, straight and curved, on the PVHS track.

    Painters had to measure to ensure lines were the right width from each other lane.

    It took painters about two hours to finish putting new lanes on the track.

    The Prairie View High track was resurfaced starting on June 4. The project is funded by the 2015 School Construction Bond.

    The track was without stripes until June 13 -- when gold stripes were painted on making the track black and gold to match Thunderhawk colors!


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  • Quist Middle School construction moving along

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 6/3/2019

    Window and brick work continues at Quist Middle School.

    Parking lot stripes painted at Quist Middle School.

    Hanging glass windows is work that continues at Quist Middle School.

    Inside the school, cabinets and shelves installed.

    Many classrooms are already painted.

    Some classrooms have clear and colored glass installed.

    Painting continues in common areas at Quist.

    This will be the future baseball field at Quist.

    This will be where the artificial turf field is installed.

    This is looking south at Quist Middle under construction.

    In about seven months, middle school students will move into the new Quist Middle School building that's now under construction in Thornton. This school is across Yosemite Street from Riverdale Ridge High.

    Please note that 136th Avenue near these schools is currently closed for road widening work. 

    Construction crews continue to build the new middle school building. Parking lines were painted on the south parking lot, just last week.

    Inside Quist Middle School, cabinets and shelves are installed and many classrooms are painted. Some classrooms have clear and colored window glass installed. Painting continues in common areas, and white boards are already hung on walls in several classrooms. By the end of this month, some classrooms will have gone through a process to review what still needs to be completed for the rooms to be finished from floor to ceiling.

    Site work including installing a baseball field and an artificial turf field has also been started to the north of the building.

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  • Summer projects kick off construction season in schools

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 5/29/2019 3:30:00 PM

    Stuart gym floor is being refinished this summer.

    Hand sanding is also being done to refinish the main gym floor.

    The Raptors art work will be re-painted after refinished the gym floor.

    Meet the crew from Arlun Flooring who are working hard to re-finish both gym floors at Stuart Middle School.

    Meet the crew from Arlun Flooring in Aurora that's working hard for the next three weeks to re-sand and refinish both gym floors at Stuart Middle School. Pictured (left to right) is 2007 Brighton High graduate Jacob Miller, Espie Trujillo, Supervisor Jay Miller and Nash Reynolds.

    The crew started the sanding process on May 28 to strip away the top layer of the floor down to bare wood. Supervisor Jay Miller said wood floors generally need to be refinshed about every 10 years for safety and "for more grip and grab for students to play on the floors," because over time older floors can become slippery. The refinishing process also keeps the floors level.

    They will add a water-based polyurethane coat once the floors are sanded. This is a more environment-friendly product. Graphics--including the Stuart Raptors logo--and basketball lines will be re-painted on the floor once it's refinished.

    Jay Miller also has a daughter, Jaci Miller, who was in the first graduating class for Prairie View High in 2009. That first class of graduates has their 10-year high school reunion in Brighton the weekend of July 26. Check facebook for more details.

    This week marks the first time that crews are able to get into schools and start doing upgrades, now that students are on summer break. For a list of summer projects in 27J schools, click here.



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  • Summer road closure at 136th & Yosemite in Thornton

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 5/24/2019

    There will be multiple road closures this summer around Riverdale Ridge High and Quist Middle schools in Thornton. Summer road construction will close two streets, 136th Avenue and Yosemite Street, in Thornton starting next week.

    Here are the details of the road closures with dates:

    • All lanes of 136th Avenue, from Yosemite Street to the western boundary line for the Quist Middle School construction, will be closed from May 25 through August 2. The closure is needed to do road construction to widen the road and to install sidewalks, curb and gutter on the south side of the road.


    • The intersection at 136th Avenue and Yosemite will be closed starting on May 25. A temporary road going east-west along 136th Avenue will be open, for local access only, from May 29 to August 2.


    • In the same vicinity, a second road closure will occur on Yosemite Street in front of Riverdale Ridge High School for two weeks, from May 29-June 10. The road will be closed between 136th Avenue and near the exit for the student parking lot to the south of the high school. Yosemite Street will be closed for rotomill work and road paving. The road will open to one-lane from June 11 through August 2.

    Parents, students and community members needing to access Riverdale Ridge High School and Quist Middle School during the summer, should access the schools from the southern end of Yosemite Street from near Riverdale Road through August 2.


    Road closures at 136th Avenue near RRHS.

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  • Quist students watch their new school being built from their classrooms

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 5/20/2019

    Quist students can watch their new school being built from their classroom window.

    Sixth grade Quist students (left to right) Brooke Johnson, Logan Hunter and Jay Otanez watch construction of Quist Middle School from their classroom. 


    Students do their school work while their new school is under construction across the street.

    Quist students currently at Riverdale Ridge High do classwork while their new school is being built across the street.


    The future for many Quist students is being built right before their eyes.
    Quist teacher Anita Fitzjarrald’s classroom has several windows facing the new middle school now under construction.

    “It’s so exciting to see the school being built,” Fitzjarrald said. She lets students watch the construction when they have free time. “They really enjoyed watching when the big equipment was putting in the school’s foundation.”


    Student Madi McGuire looks at the construction every day. “The building looks much different, and bigger, than when it first started.” Quist student Brooke Johnson said, “I notice more and more progress. I remember when there was nothing, but now it’s getting there.”

    “The construction has gone fast, and the school looks big,” said sixth grader Griffin Holstein. “It will be nice to go into a brand new school next year.” Quist students will move to their new school in January 2020.

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  • 27J breaks ground on new Elementary School #13 in Brighton

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 5/13/2019

    Future students throw dirt to start construction of school.

    Future students helps to break ground for new elementary school.

    Future students and Elementary School #13 Principal Kevin Purfurst picked up shovels to dig in and throw dirt for the ceremonial groundbreaking in Brighton on May 10.


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  • Quist construction crews enjoy BBQ compliments of Saunders

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 5/8/2019

    Appreciation BBQ at Quist construction site.

    Over 150 construction workers enjoyed an appreciation BBQ by Saunders Construction.

    Quist Middle School construction crews enjoyed a BBQ Appreciation Luncheon on May 1. There were more than 150 workers on the construction site that day. The lunch was provided by Saunders Construction. 

    The workers represented the following trades:

    • Drywallers/Framers
    • Plumbers/Insulators
    • Casework
    • Painters
    • Fire Sprinkler
    • Low Voltage
    • Mechanical
    • Electricians
    • Storefront/Curtainwall
    • Masons
    • Steel Erectors
    • Spray Foam
    • Caulking
    • Flooring
    • Rough Carpentry
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  • First day for moving dirt to build Elementary School #13

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 5/1/2019

    Crews are moving dirt to prepare the site to build a new 27J Elementary School.

    Dirt being moved at Elementary School #13

    Construction crews are on site starting today, May 1, moving dirt to prepare the land to start building Elementary School #13. Community members are invited to the ceremonial groundbreaking scheduled on Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m. at the site.

    The school's address is 5505 Longs Peak Street in Brighton. The new school will sit on 10-acres and have a student capacity of 695 students in Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grades.

    Elementary School #13 is being built as a prototype of Reunion Elementary School, and community members will be asked to submit names for the school by the end of May.

    This is the last 27J school to be constructed with 2015 Bond funds. Thank you voters for your support of 27J Schools.

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  • Groundbreaking for Elementary School #13 on May 10; community members invited

    Posted by Tonja Castaneda on 4/30/2019

    Plan to attend the groundbreaking for Elementary School #13 on May 10

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  • 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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