Major Construction Projects
Dunkirk, now officially named Frances Jacobs, looks like it is coming down the home stretch. The campus is schedule to be substantially complete in May, and it looks like they are well on their way. This school will add 31 classrooms for 550-650 students to accommodate for the growth in the Green Valley Ranch & Singletree neighborhoods.
1 Down, 1 To Go @ Colorado Heights
Thanks to Denver voters’ support of the 2012 Bond, Denver Public Schools opened the doors to a brand new middle school, on the Colorado Heights University campus last fall. The middle school opened as phase I of a two-phase build out including both middle and high school facilities that serve as the latest home for Denver School of Science & Technology. There has been a recognized need for quality middle and high school seats in Southwest Denver and this middle school is helps to alleviate some of that demand with over 36,000 square feet of learning space.
In fall 2014, Phase 2 of the project will be complete with the addition of the high school facility, gym, locker rooms, and fitness center. The high school building will be 2 stories and over 63,000 square feet, including shared extracurricular spaces for both buildings. Between the middle and high school, DPS will be able to serve 950-1000 more students in Southwest Denver thank to our voters!
For more information on this, and all major bond projects, please visit bond.dpsk12.org
Conservatory Green Has Gone Vertical!
Just 2 weeks ago we broke ground at Conservatory Green, just north of Northfield, and things are already headed in the right direction – up. This K-8 school, which is funded through the Stapleton Tax Incentive Fund, will be home to Hi-Tech Academy for Elementary and DSST for Middle School starting in fall 2014.
Extra Space at McGlone For Our Youngest Students
Thanks to Denver Voters and the 2012 Bond, Denver Public Schools is addressing necessary school construction, renovation and expansion needs throughout the city.
At McGlone Elementary DPS has added an 8-classroom addition to address the growing enrollment and to facilitate the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program’s expansion.
ECE students now have a building to call their own, learning in an environment specifically built for them: McGlone Early Learning Center.
DPS is also making some mechanical upgrades in the existing McGlone Elementary School building and replacing the Kitchen Makeup Air Unit
Escalante-Biggs Adds Room for Nearly 100
In 2011, the Escalante-Biggs Center for Early Education was built in the Montbello neighborhood of Denver, and has set the standard for ECE Centers in the city. Students have thrived in the 21st century learning environment that includes unique breakout spaces built into the hallways, and windows on both outside and inside facing walls that allow daylight to permeate throughout the building.
When Escalante-Biggs was built in 2011, it was designed to grow. DPS recognized a rising need for Early Childhood Education seats and was poised to meet that need, when funds were available. With the passing of the 2012 Bond, we were able to expand the school’s footprint and on August 26, 2013 the Escalante-Biggs community opened the doors to their phase-2 addition. The six-classroom expansion flows seamlessly into the original structure and allows the school to add 99 more students as well as expand their art program. The new space also includes a multipurpose room to facilitate extracurricular activities. In total, the addition is 12,400 square feet of new learning space for this unique set of learners.
Studies have shown that Early Childhood Education has a huge impact on students’ success throughout their matriculation in education. Nevertheless, throughout the city of Denver many families with 4 year olds were finding the same issue: there weren’t enough ECE options. DPS has recognized this need, and is making tremendous strides to provide more options at this all-too-critical time in a child’s education. The expansion of Escalante-Biggs is just one of many efforts to expand full-day ECE programming to an additional 850 DPS students by fall 2014.
Ground Has Broken at Dunkirk
Thanks to Denver voters and their approval of the 2012 Bond, construction is well underway at Dunkirk Elementary School in the Green Valley Ranch. The area, which is growing quickly, is in great need of schools for children in grades from Early Childhood to 5th Grade. This project goes a long way to alleviating that need for extra seats at the elementary school level. The Dunkirk site is nearly 77,000 square feet, and will have 31 classrooms for as many as 650 students in the Far-Northeast region of Denver.
The school will be home to Highline Academy, a charter program encouraging inclusion, diversity and a vision of bringing families and students from all walks, together.
Pascual LeDoux Academy Opens Up With A Bang
Senator Michael Bennet and Superintendent Tom Boasberg joined Pascual LeDoux Academy as they opened their doors for the very first time! This brand new Early Education Center is located in Southwest Denver and will serve 288 students this fall. For more on this new school, the legacy of its namesake, and DPS’ overall efforts to add ECE seats around Denver, check out this video: http://youtu.be/Yl8ApLxf0i0.
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‘Opening Day’ For The Bond
This fall, we are opening the doors to 2 brand new facilities and 5 school additions across the city. This means that in the first year of the 2012 Bond, we are adding over 900 seats for Denver’s kids and over 112,000 square feet of learning space. DPS is the fastest growing school system in the nation and we are proud to have the opportunity to add space for almost 1000 new students this year. This is a testament to the hard work of our educators to commit to excellence, the support of our parents to take ownership in our schools, and the courage of the broader community to believe in our vision and help us bring it to fruition. And, even with that strong foundation in place, none of this work would be possible with out the dedicated staff of our planning and construction teams. We thank the entire DPS community for making this possible and welcome you to check out the pictures above, of students in our new facilities.
Green Heat Relief
Across our school system, several schools are exploring cooling solutions this summer through Heat Mitigation. The Heat Mitigation process uses multiple methods, as a system, to keep our schools cooler for longer throughout the day.
In the Heat Mitigation approach, hot air is purged from buildings during the night, so we can take advantage of the naturally low nightly temperatures of Denver. Along with bringing in cooler air, this process chills the structure of the building (tile floors, brick walls, etc), which helps to maintain colder temperatures for longer.
This Heat Mitigation approach is an environmentally friendly process that optimizes the nightly temperature drop in Denver. Through this process, we are meeting our goals of being good stewards of Bond funds as well as good stewards of the environment while making our schools more comfortable places to be.
Interns Get In The Field
School is out, but these students are still hard at work. The Construction Services interns are working with our team for 8 weeks this summer to learn many different aspects of construction including Project Management, Architecture, and Engineering. In the picture above, you can see them doing their part to complete the new $5.5M Pascual LeDoux Center for Early Education that will open this fall for up to 250 pre-K students.
Almost Done At Whiteman
Things are wrapping up at Whiteman! The Denver Language School is adding over 6800 sq ft of space, in a $1.9M investment, that will include 4 classrooms and a multipurpose area. The photos above show the progress from the beginning.
Old Meets New At Escalante-Biggs
One of our toughest challenges when adding on to a building is making sure that students on both sides of the addition have equitable experiences. The addition should look like it was supposed to be there the whole time, both inside and out. The shot above shows where the new addition at Escalante-Biggs meets the current building. As you can see, we are doing are best to make the new space transition seamlessly into what already exists.
We are adding an 8-classroom cottage to McGlone this summer and things are coming along quite nicely. The addition is a $3.7M investment, and will accommodate for the growing enrollment at McGlone and help facilitate the expansion of their ECE program this fall.
Brown International Develops With Neighborhood
Northwest Denver is developing rapidly, and the Highlands neighborhood has become one of the fastest changing areas in town. More and more young families are moving in, and the need for elementary school seats in this community continues to rise. As a result, Brown International Elementary School, located on 26th and Lowell, has experienced considerable growth with this recent boom.
The school’s enrollment has grown by more than 30% in the past 3 years, and while this growth is exciting, it became overwhelming. Teachers and administrators had to become very flexible and creative in their limited space to accommodate the growing number of students. Art programs that once had their own classrooms have now moved to shared spaces such as the cafeteria and auditorium. Some of the storage spaces were converted into classrooms or intervention rooms to allow students to get more focused attention. To put it mildly, Brown was busting at the seams.
Recognizing this disparity, Denver Public Schools placed Brown on a list of capacity concerns that needed to be addressed with the 2012 Bond. DPS worked closely with the school and its stakeholders to identify a comprehensive list of the community’s needs. Both sides met for months working through the school’s requirements and the current use of the facility as well as forecasting for the future. With the community buy-in, DPS developed a plan that made sense for everyone.
Thanks to Denver voters, Brown will be enjoying a 4-classroom addition to their existing building for the 2013-14 school year. Along with the classroom additions, the playground is being reconfigured to accommodate more students, areas adjacent to the addition are being renovated to ensure building equity, and the roofing will be replaced throughout the building. We are extremely excited about these renovations and what they will mean to this neighborhood.
Slavens School Is Growing!
Located in the Wellshire neighborhood, Slavens was originally built as an elementary school, but was converted to a K-8 in the late 1990s as need in that community grew. To accommodate the steady neighborhood growth, Slavens is currently adding capacity to accommodate 750 students, including a new, K-8 sized gym as well as making upgrades to the art, computer, and science programs. Check out the progress above and check back for more news about Slavens and other Bond 2012 projects.
Byers Deconstruction Project
Denver Public Schools has partnered with the National Center for Craftsmanship (NCC) to create a unique, hands-on learning opportunity for high school students who are interested in the field of construction. Since April 29th, construction management students in the district have been getting valuable experience by helping with the initial deconstruction of Byers Middle School. The school’s renovation will be complete August 2015, and is funded by the 2012 Bond.
Overview of the 2012 Mill Levy - to learn about what the 2012 mill levy will mean to the students of DPS, please click on the image below.
Bond Update – March 18
DPS Bond Program Management & Construction Services presented the 2013 list of projects to the Board of Education on Monday, March 18. Please click here to view that presentation, which also includes the preliminary timeline for other major projects in 2014 and 2015. The complete list of all bond projects is expected to be released in late March and will be posted on this site when finalized.
Mill Levy Update – February 25
The DPS team is quickly working to launch the mill levy investments for the 2013-14 school year. A summary budget with the allocation methodology was presented to the Board of Education in January and can be accessed here.
Oversight Update – February 21
Two oversight committees, one each for the bond and mill levy, containing 15 members of the community kicked off this week. The purpose of these committees is to ensure that the funds are spent as was originally presented to the Board and that appears in the ballot language. The meetings are open to the public and will be listed on the bond oversight and mill levy oversight pages.