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Emerald Elementary School{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Emerald Elementary School755 West Elmhurst Place Broomfield, CO 80020 11958<img alt="" src="/projects/Project%20Profile%20Images/EmeraldES-photo-300x300.JPG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />$22,309,504N/A

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Read more about BVSD's energy efficiency improvements in the Daily Camera Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=17 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=17{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Read more about BVSD's energy efficiency improvements in the Daily Camera,
New Emerald building goes big on energy efficiency Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=16 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=16{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}New Emerald building goes big on energy efficiencyThe Emerald project team worked hard to maximize the energy efficiency of the new building. Energy use is predicted to drop by nearly 60 percent. This energy savings will translate to an estimated annual utility cost savings of $29,719, a reduction of just over 40 percent of the current expenditure.,
Emerald Construction Update | January 2017 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=18 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=18{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Emerald Construction Update | January 2017The Emerald community celebrated the placement of the final steel beam on the building at a Topping Out Ceremony in December, marking the halfway point of the construction project. Students and staff signed the beam before it was lifted into place, making their permanent mark on the new building. In addition to the final steel placement, Swinerton has been busy installing roof decking on Area A (kitchen,cafeteria, music, art) of the building and will move east as the final concrete walls (CMU) are installed in Area C (preschool, kindergarten, curiosity center and administration). Final roof decking will be complete by the end of January. Also in January, Swinerton will continue to install metal framing, insulation and brick veneer on the exterior portion of the building. Interior work will begin with finishes work, hanging drywall and painting in Area A.

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Noticias sobre la construcción en Emerald para el regreso a la escuela Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=11 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=11{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Noticias sobre la construcción en Emerald para el regreso a la escuela¡Los equipos de construcción están haciendo grandes progresos en la nueva escuela! Será emocionante y educativo ver cómo se materializa la nueva escuela durante el ciclo escolar. Esperamos ofrecer algunas actividades educativas y visitas a los estudiantes durante el transcurso del proyecto. A lo largo del año, publicaremos noticias sobre lo que está ocurriendo con la construcción y detalles específicos que ustedes necesiten saber acerca de los cambios en la rutina regular.,
September Update Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=1 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=1{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}September UpdateOn August 31 and September 1, members of the Emerald Elementary School community including teachers, parents, students and community members, engaged in a Discovery Visit with educators and architects from Fielding Nair International to develop a vision for the new school. Through interviews and workshops, the design team got to know the school, learned what makes Emerald Elementary unique and began to imagine what the new school will be. Check out the Discovery Report.,
Back to School Construction Update Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=10 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=10{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Back to School Construction UpdateConstruction crews are making great progress on the new school! It will be exciting and educational to watch the new school materialize over the next year. We are hoping to offer some educational activities and tours for students over the course of the project. Throughout the year, we will provide regular updates about what is happening with construction and specific details you need to know about changes to the regular routine. Follow the link for important information you need to know.,
Construction Update | September 2016 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=12 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=12{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update | September 2016Swinerton Builders are moving forward with the school construction. They continue to work on below grade plumbing and electrical work installation with planned completion by late October. They have completed all caisson pours and foundation work with final inspections to follow. The week of Sept. 12, Swinerton will begin to pour the concrete slab on the west 1/3 (Area A) of the new building. Contractors are starting to build scaffolding for the placement of the concrete block wall (CMU). Follow the "Images" link to see construction photos.
Construction Update | October 2016 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=13 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=13{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update | October 2016Construction on the new building continues to move along at a steady pace. During October, Swinerton Builders completed all underground plumbing and electrical work and poured the final slab on grade concrete. They started installing exterior insulation and brick masonry on the outside walls. In November, they will continue to install concrete blocks walls (CMU), and will begin erecting steel and installing exterior door framing. Click the images link below for project photos.,
Community Visioning Workshop - August 31 & September 1 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=2 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=2{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Community Visioning Workshop - August 31 & September 1The construction of the new Emerald Elementary School building provides the opportunity to rethink how we build schools to support student success in the 21st Century. BVSD has developed Innovation Guidelines to guide instructional practice and design of learning environments. At the Community Visioning Workshop on August 31, the design team shared some of these ideas with the community and gathered their hopes and wishes for the new school. You can see the presentation from the meeting on the Discovery Visit Dashboard​.,
January 2016 Update Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=3 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=3{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}January 2016 UpdateThe design team is working on schematic design.
March 2016 Update Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=4 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=4{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}March 2016 UpdateThe design team is working on design development drawings. Construction is planned to start in June.
June 2016 Update Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=5 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=5{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}June 2016 UpdateConstruction is underway! The contractor has mobilized to the site and is starting earthwork.
Construction Kick-off Letter to Parents Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=6 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=6{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Kick-off Letter to Parents,
Construction Kick-off Letter to Parents - Spanish Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=7 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=7{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Kick-off Letter to Parents - Spanish,
Construction Update | July 2016 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=8 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=8{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update | July 2016Swinerton Builders are making positive progress on the Emerald construction site. The site has been scraped and graded. Work anticipated for early July includes installing caissons and preparing for the solid footings of the building.,
Construction Notice to Neighbors Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=9 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=9{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Notice to Neighbors,
Construction Update | December 2016 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=14 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=14{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update | December 2016Summer-like weather for most of November helped crews make great progress. They have been busy installing structural steel, exterior insulation, roof decking and concrete blocking to the building. In the coming weeks, masons will be adding brick veneer on the building. Structural steel will be complete by the middle of December. The building is on schedule for summer completion. Scroll to the images section below for the latest photos of construction.,
Emerald Elementary Topping Out Ceremony | Thursday, Dec. 15, 10:15 a.m. Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=15 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=15{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Emerald Elementary Topping Out Ceremony | Thursday, Dec. 15, 10:15 a.m.The Emerald Elementary school community will join Swinerton Builders to celebrate an important milestone in the construction of the new school building. The Topping Out Ceremony marks the placement of the final steel beam on the building's support structure. Students and staff will sign their names on the beam prior to it being placed on the building, making their permanent mark on the new school. A stuffed version of the school's mascot, "Snorter" the dragon, will have the honor of riding the beam to the top of the building.

Project Details

Project Team
Project Manager



Tim Dolezal Contacts/DispForm.aspx?ID=11{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Tim,




Fielding Nair International Contacts/DispForm.aspx?ID=3{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Fielding Nair International,
RB+B Contacts/DispForm.aspx?ID=38{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}RB+B,




Swinerton Builders Contacts/DispForm.aspx?ID=37{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Swinerton Builders,

Related Resources



Educational Facilities Master Plan Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=5 Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=5{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Educational Facilities Master Plan,
Sign up for email updates Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=7 Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=7{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Sign up for email updates,

Project Budget{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}$22,309,504

Innovation Budget{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}N/A

Bond Expenditures



Emerald Elementary School{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Emerald Elementary School, Bond Program Expenditures

Project Expenditures{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}, Project Expenditures

Sustainability Features{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}<div>Under development</div>

Energy Efficiency/Green Features{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}<div>Under development</div>

Educational Innovation Features{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Under development

Design Advisory Team

​The Design Advisory Team (DAT) team includes teachers, staff, parents and community members who will work with the architects to develop the design for the project.​


Samara Williams – Principal
Sara Goldberg - Principal’s Assistant 
Sharon Troxell – Emerald teacher
Miki Novaria – Emerald teacher
Dawn Ringenbach – Art teacher/Technology
Melissa Tingley – Emerald teacher
Diana Sorbo - Emerald teacher
Lynne Kirby – Emerald specialist
Jack Powers – Emerald head custodian 


Chad Pfitzer – Parent
Heather Wilson – Parent
Brittani Fernandez - Parent
Kate Gardenghi - Parent
Josh Crutcher, Parent
Sharon Tessier, Parent

Rachel O’Hayre, Parent & BVSD Employee
Andrea Laser, Parent & Emerald Teacher

Neil Allaire, Neighbor
Paul Eberhart, Neighbor
Linda Bealer, Neighbor

Wendy Fiedler, Community member 
Jean Paxton, Community member 

Fran Ryan - Impact on Education 
Kevin Standbridge - City of Broomfield 

Related Resources



Go to Discovery Visit Dashboard - Meeting on Aug. 31 & Sept 1 Related Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=7 Related Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=7{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Go to Discovery Visit Dashboard - Meeting on Aug. 31 & Sept 1,
View Discovery Visit Report Related Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=6 Related Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=6{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}View Discovery Visit Report,
Design Advisory Team Guidelines Related Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=5 Related Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=5{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Design Advisory Team Guidelines,

DAT Meeting Schedule

DAT meetings are open for the public to observe, and there is an opportunity for public comment at each meeting. ​​ All DAT meetings are held 4-5:30 p.m. DAT meetings are open for the public to observe, and there is an opportunity for public comment at each meeting.



March 28, 2016 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=7 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=7{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}March 28, 2016,,
Jan. 19, 2016 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=6 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=6{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Jan. 19, 2016,,
NOV. 30, 2015 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=5 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=5{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}NOV. 30, 2015,,
OCT. 12, 2015 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=4 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=4{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}OCT. 12, 2015,,
SEPT. 14, 2015 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=3 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=3{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}SEPT. 14, 2015,,
AUG. 31, 2015 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=2 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=2{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}AUG. 31, 2015,,




Construction Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=4 Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=4{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}ConstructionJune 2016 - Aug. 2017In Progressinfo
Design Development Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=3 Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=3{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Design DevelopmentDec. 7 - Feb. 15, 2016Completesuccess
Schematic Design Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=2 Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=2{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Schematic DesignOct. 13 - Dec. 7Completesuccess
Visioning and Programming Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=1 Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=1{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Visioning and ProgrammingAug. 4 - Oct. 13Completesuccess


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Scope of Work

​Project Description

The Emerald Elementary School building will be replaced. When district staff assessed the needs of the building, it was determined that it makes more financial sense to replace the building rather than make significant investments in repairs and maintenance. 

New construction would provide the opportunity to create innovative, 21st Century learning spaces that support modern curriculum delivery in a building that is safe, comfortable and energy efficient. Using BVSD's green building principles as a guide, the school can be built green from the ground up.

The building would be replaced with one of similar size to serve the current enrollment of Emerald. The Emerald community would have the opportunity to participate in the design of the new building through the Design Advisory Team (DAT). The team would include representatives from Emerald staff, parents and neighbors who will work with the architect to develop the design. The construction timeline and plans for housing students during construction would be developed during the design process.