DENVER — 27J Schools recently celebrated the completion of Northeast Elementary’s and Overland Trail Middle School’s expansion and renovation projects at two ribbon cutting ceremonies held in Brighton on Thursday, January 10.
GE Johnson Construction Company completed the expansion and renovations projects. The architect for the project was Studiotrope in Denver. MTech Mechanical, a design-build contractor with offices in Westminster, Avon and Colorado Springs, provided both mechanical and plumbing services for both expansion projects.
Construction, which started last March at both schools, was completed in December. The project was funded through a $248 million 2015 School Construction Bond passed by voters. Northeast Elementary School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, and OTMS is an IB candidate school.
Several site improvements were made at the shared school campus, including a donated artificial turf field from the Denver Broncos Football Club being installed for an outdoor student play space. The project also enhanced the shared campus space by adding a concrete walking trail between the two schools and creating an outdoor learning space with natural seating to be used by both schools
“Seeing the students have the joy of running around on their new turf field and enjoying the facility is the most rewarding part of this project,” said Theron Skidmore, GE Johnson senior project manager for the Northeast Elementary and Overland Trail Middle projects. “Besides working with an amazing team and an involved owner, the educational experience the kids are getting and the pride it brings to the community make working on this project an honor.”.
The Overland Trail Middle School project included: building a new 949-square-foot addition in the front of the school, new windows, an interior refresh with carpet and paint, an entry security enhancement, new energy-efficient LED lighting, enlarging six student restrooms, heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades, new furniture, and a new, outdoor basketball court.
At Northeast Elementary, a four-classroom, 6,330-square-foot addition was constructed as a new Kindergarten wing, as well as a media center hub was created, and a new computer lab was opened. The inside of the school was completely renovated including new energy-efficient LED lights, ceiling tiles, carpeting and paint. Other upgrades were made to heating and air conditioning systems, and the fire alarm system, and new furniture was installed.
“We are proud to share with the community how our school looks after being renovated this past summer,” said Northeast Elementary Principal Toby Karr. The parking lot in front of Northeast Elementary has been changed with the drop-off/pick-up configuration upgraded and more parking spaces have been added.
Photo courtesy of GE Johnson