Thunder Vista P-8 School (Sustainability)

This new PK-8 school for 1000 students is located on a 12-acre site in the Anthem Community in Broomfield. The main entry faces Pebble Creek Parkway and has nearly 60 feet of grade change across the site which allows for a second entry and drop off from Pikes Peak Drive. The main entry level has the Administration area and Library, as well as classrooms for PreK and the lower grades. The second floor classroom wing accommodates the upper grades and middle school. The lower level has the Cafeteria, Gymnasium and specialty classrooms with direct access to the play areas. The neighborhood park is adjacent to the school and will provide joint use of the fields. The project is pursuing CHPS Verified Leader certification. Many 21st century learning concepts were incorporated including a learning stair, small group rooms and a variety of break-out spaces. 

Site 

  • Community bike trail integrated into site 
  • Landscape features replicating the environment prior to development 
  • Exterior lighting designed to eliminate light pollution 
  • On-site garden for students 

Water 

  • 42% indoor water use reduction 
  • Indoor plumbing fixtures meet CHPS maximum flow requirement thresholds  

Energy 

  • Ground Source Heat Pump system resulting in 55% energy cost savings from baseline 
  • Environmentally preferable refrigerants 
  • Advanced commissioning on building systems 
  • Advanced energy management system and submetering 

Materials 

  • Low VOC materials specified throughout the building  
  • 75% of construction waste diverted 

IEQ 

  • Enhanced filtration for increased air quality 
  • Indoor air quality best practices used throughout the construction process 
  • Ample daylight access  
  • EMF testing to minimize exposure to harmful radiation 

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