Ground Breaking for 1st District-Managed Elementary School in Reunion County, Colorado
School District 27J and architect, Hord Coplan Macht, announce the groundbreaking for the new PreK-5 elementary school in the growing master-planned community, Reunion. This marks the first district-managed elementary school in the community and will address the rapid growth in the district.
Elementary School No. 12 is being designed on a 10-acre site as a new 62,000-square-foot school for 750 students. The school will serve students preschool through fifth grade in the Reunion community. FCI Constructors has been selected as general contractor for the project, estimated at $22 million. The new school is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017 and will join the community’s existing charter school, Landmark Academy.
“The overall goal is to create a neighborhood school that will provide a community gathering place, as well as a variety of learning spaces for students,” says Adele Willson, principal, Hord Coplan Macht. “We’ve engaged with the community and staff to design a school that will meet the needs of 21st Century learners in the future. We were all challenged to create a school with a focus on a flexibility, adaptability, integration of technology and long term durability.”
Several community leaders will be joining the groundbreaking celebration, including Commerce City Mayor, Sean Ford and State Representative, Mary Hodge.
The construction of the school is possible thanks to voter support of a $248 million district bond question in November 2015. The bond will fund the construction of four new additional district schools as well expansions, renovations and improvements to existing district schools and facilities.
“We’re excited to begin construction of this new elementary school in the Reunion community,” says 27J Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Fiedler. “This school will not only serve Reunion students but children from other areas of the growing northern portion of Commerce City. It will also ease overcrowding at our existing Commerce City elementary schools. We’re grateful to the community for their support to make this day possible and look forward to welcoming students to their new school next year.”
The design for the school includes a clear main entry point, an appropriate scale of the building related to the surrounding neighborhood and a welcoming connection to the community. The classroom wings are oriented for optimized daylighting with the central core rotated to face Landmark Drive, the main thoroughfare for traffic and arrival at the school with the Administration and Media Center off of the main entrance for convenient public access. Other active spaces, including the gymnasium, cafeteria, art and music rooms are connected via a central corridor. The classroom wings are divided by grade and each have break-out areas to create educational opportunities outside of the classroom.
“My two children have been a part of District 27J since preschool, and both have since graduated. Knowing first-hand the challenges that the students and teachers in this District have gone through with the tremendous growth and need for new and expanded facilities, I am elated to be a part of the beginning of this new 27J,” says Ed Nation, project superintendent for FCI Constructors. “The innovative, student-centered design that focuses on collaboration and discovery, and the community support for the construction brings this District steps ahead, and we’ll hear many student success stories down the road as a result,” says Nation.
Wember Inc. is the owner’s representative for the project.
A naming process is currently underway for the new school with the 27J Board of Education expected to select a name this fall.
About School District 27J
School District 27J educates more than 16,500 students from Brighton, Commerce City, Thornton, and a portion of the city of Aurora and encompasses parts of Adams, Broomfield and Weld counties. Our mission is to equip our students with the tools and knowledge to succeed now and in the future – www.sd27j.org