Haselden Construction recently broke ground on construction of Meeker High School in Meeker, Colo. The 87,600 SF addition and remodel, designed by architect TreanorHL, will provide better facilities for the school’s faculty and almost 200 students. Construction will touch nearly every aspect of the school, including a new classroom wing and gymnasium; remodel to the existing gymnasium and auditorium; and updates to the commons area, administration offices, kitchen, science labs, metals classroom, and woodshop.
“We are honored to be able to provide a wonderful facility for our students and blessed to have a community that supports our school district,” said Chris Selle, superintendent of the Meeker School District. “Haselden Construction and all of our partners have far exceeded any expectation we had when we hired them. They’ve been instrumental in designing an excellent facility, and we look forward to the continued excellent work as we move into the construction phase of the project.”
Construction will be completed in two phases over 18 months, with much of it taking place during the school year when students are on campus. Haselden Construction has a skilled education division that is experienced working in school environments and prioritizing students’ safety. A custom site plan is developed for each school project with safety and student activity in mind.
When students return to Meeker High School this fall, the existing school building will have safety fencing, alternative walkways and parking, emergency egresses, and additional exits to minimize disruption and allow students and faculty to safely carry out their schedules. Haselden also uses a proprietary Methods of Procedure communication tool to ensure school administrators and teachers are always aware and informed of construction activities and how they will impact students, staff, and the learning experience.
“It’s important that we keep the existing building operational during this phased construction and still be able to have the access needed to create a 21st-century learning environment. The architect team and our partners have done an impressive job with the design of the project,” said Eric Blanke, director of business development for Haselden Construction—and 1984 graduate of Meeker High School. “This project is especially important to me, and we are excited to finally have a high school facility that will parallel the excellence of the students that attend school here.”
Haselden Construction has completed numerous K-12 and higher education projects, including ground-up new school construction, summer remodels with rigorous completion timelines, and renovations and expansions during the school year that revolves around students’ safety and schedules. Its recent projects include Eagle Valley Elementary and Middle Schools, Riverview PK-8 School in Glenwood Springs, Salida High School, and Buena Vista Middle and High Schools.
Phase one of Meeker High School is expected to be completed in August 2020, and phase two is expected to be completed in December 2020.