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Birch Elementary School{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Birch Elementary School1035 Birch Street Broomfield, Colorado 80020 11972<img alt="" src="/projects/Project%20Profile%20Images/BirchES-photo-300x300.JPG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />$8,341,346$200,000 included in budget

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January 2018 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=26 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=26{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}January 2018Construction is complete. Students and staff are enjoying their new and renovated spaces!



Construction Kick-Off Letter to Parents Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=10 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=10{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Kick-Off Letter to Parents, Read it
Construction Kick-Off Notice to Neighbors Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=11 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=11{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Kick-Off Notice to Neighbors, Read it
February 29 - March 5 Update Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=12 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=12{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}February 29 - March 5 UpdateAsbestos abatement will begin Wednesday (3/2/16) from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m in the interior construction areas. The abatement will last approximately two weeks, occurring at night. The work will be conducted in accordance with BVSD, State and Federal regulations, which includes air quality clearance prior to occupancy each day. Foundation caissons will be poured Thursday or Friday of this week to begin a foundation for new building addition. The back playground is being compacted and graded with new soil being added.,
Construction Update March 7-11 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=13 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=13{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update March 7-11Asbestos abatement will finish on Tuesday, March 15 in the interior construction area. Interior wall framing and ductwork will begin after the abatement is complete. Exterior grading will continue on the back playground. Concrete foundation forms are set and concrete will be poured early next week on preschool addition. Storm drain will be installed on school grounds early next week to assist in future water run-off.,
Construction Update Mar. 17-27 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=14 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=14{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update Mar. 17-27Asbestos abatement has been completed in the 4th/5th grade, art and music area. Interior wall framing and ductwork will continue in this area. Roof steel will be installed in the music room. Preschool and cafeteria addition continues with installation of steel beams and foundation insulation. There will be an additional small amount of asbestos abatement work being conducted over spring break. The work will be conducted in accordance with BVSD, State and Federal regulations, which includes air quality clearance prior to occupancy. Gym lighting will be replaced and the gym will be painted. Gym decorations and acoustical panels will be reinstalled prior to school starting., Get the details
Construction Update April 13-20 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=15 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=15{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update April 13-20Interior: Construction continues in the 4th/5th grade, music and art areas with electrical, plumbing and door frame installation. Drywall installation will begin on Monday, April 18th. The preschool and cafeteria addition work continues on the foundation. Steel will be installed and concrete will be poured later this week to finish foundation work. Exterior: Construction continues on seat wall with planter and radius wall construction where steel will be installed and concrete will be poured this week.,
Construction Update May 2-6 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=16 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=16{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update May 2-6FCI contractors continue to make great progress on all areas of school construction. Construction in the next few weeks will include work in the 4th/5th grade, music and art areas with drywall completion on walls and soffits. The preschool and cafeteria addition work continues with exterior wall framing and weatherproofing and brick veneer being installed in the next few weeks. Construction continues with exterior grading and storm drain placement. Construction continues on seat wall next to the playground where concrete work is being poured for footings.,
Construction Update May 9-13 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=17 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=17{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update May 9-13Construction work in the 4th/5th grade, music and art areas continues with drywall completion on walls and bathrooms. The preschool and cafeteria addition work continues with exterior wall framing, weatherproofing and exterior insulation. Construction continues with exterior grading and storm drain placement. Construction continues on seat wall next to the playground with the forming and pouring of concrete to form the ramp.,
Construction Update May 16 - 20 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=18 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=18{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update May 16 - 20The contractors have completed taping and finishing of the drywall in the 4th/5th grade, music and art areas. The drywall is scheduled to be primed and painted in the coming weeks. The music area will also be re-roofed. Preschool and cafeteria addition work continues with installation of brick veneer and new roofing. Construction on the playground continues with concrete being poured to form the seat wall.,
Construction Update May 23-27 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=19 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=19{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update May 23-27The contractors have completed the drywall installation in the 4th/5th grade, music and art areas. The drywall is scheduled to be primed and painted next week. Due to recent wet weather, the roofing in the music area was delayed but will resume shortly. Brick veneer is currently being installed on preschool and cafeteria addition with roofing work to resume with better weather. Construction on the playground continues with grading of the courtyard area.,
Construction Update May 30 - June 3 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=20 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=20{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update May 30 - June 3Contractors have primed and soon will paint the walls in the 4th/5th grade, music and art areas. They are planning to start installing ceramic tile in the restrooms. Brick veneer is currently being installed on preschool and cafeteria addition. Roofing is complete on the preschool addition and remainder of building will start on May 31st. Window frames will be installed in the cafeteria addition. Construction on the playground continues on the new seat wall. Work will begin in the gym once school ends. The modular classroom buildings will be removed from the school site next week.,
Check out the May photo album Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=21 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=21{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Check out the May photo album,
Construction Update June 20-30 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=22 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=22{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update June 20-30FCI contractors continue to make progress on both the interior and exterior areas of the building. Work in the cafeteria continues with the installation of new HVAC system followed by drywall installation in the next two weeks. Other interior work continues in the bathrooms with completion of electrical and plumbing followed by drywall and ceramic tile installation. Exterior work continues with re-roofing and exterior site work. Contractors remain on schedule. Get details and see project photos in the following link.,
Construction Update July 13, 2016 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=23 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=23{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update July 13, 2016FCI contractors continue to make progress on both the interior and exterior areas of the building. The interior work is mainly focused on finishing final drywall in preschool and kitchen area, installing ceramic tile in bathrooms, finishing flooring in classrooms and specialty areas, priming and painting walls throughout. Contractors are also installing the new secure vestibule inside the main front doorway. The exterior work is focused on completing the roofing work, installing windows and doors, completing the playground area and starting the irrigation and landscaping work. The next few weeks will focus on bringing the project together to get ready for staff and students.,
Construction Update July 26, 2016 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=24 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=24{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update July 26, 2016FCI contractors are in the final few weeks of construction and are busily preparing for the staff and students’ return. The interior work is focused on the finishing touches like painting, flooring and replacing ceiling tile. A secure new front entry vestibule is being built as well. The exterior work is focused on grading the site, pouring concrete and preparing for landscaping. The construction is on schedule and should be (mostly) complete for our staff and students when they return in the next few weeks. We will keep you posted to the weekly changes as they are happening!,

Project Details

Project Team
Project Manager



Charles Zachemsky Contacts/DispForm.aspx?ID=9{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Charles,




OZ Architecture Contacts/DispForm.aspx?ID=25{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}OZ Architecture,




FCI Constructors, Inc. Contacts/DispForm.aspx?ID=2{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}FCI Constructors, Inc.,

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,

Project Budget{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}$8,341,346

Innovation Budget{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}$200,000 included in budget

Bond Expenditures, Bond Expenditures

Project Expenditures, Project Expenditures

Sustainability Features{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}<div class="ExternalClass1F01BE960E414BFDA223DDD5B2A69775"><div>Under development</div></div>

Energy Efficiency/Green Features{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}<div class="ExternalClass9B19FAED0F4247F59023AD6CC19A1E02"><div>To improve energy efficiency, <a href="/green/Pages/Energy-Efficiency-Glossary.aspx">retro-commissioning</a> was performed on the building as part of the renovation work. Although air conditioning was added to the building, overall energy use was reduced. <br></div><div><br></div><div><a href=""><strong>See</strong></a> the results<br></div><div><a href=""><img src="/projects/PublishingImages/BirchEnergy.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:207px;" /></a><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong><a href="">Learn more </a></strong>about how BVSD is improving energy efficiency in our buildings. <br><br><br><br><br></div></div>

Educational Innovation Features{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}<div class="ExternalClass650AE22952C041F5AE3DAC25071D94F8">Birch's innovation project will expand the use of the cafeteria throughout the day. Converting the space into more of a "cafe" type space. This will be accomplished with flexible and mobile furniture. In addition, the school will replace some of its current classroom furniture with new, innovative furniture that allows for more movement and versatility for kids, such as whiteboards on tables.<div><br></div><div><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4">Click here to<a href="/educational-innovation/Pages/Birch-Elementary-School.aspx"> learn more</a></strong> and see photos of the Innovation renovations at Birch.<br><br><br><img src="/projects/PublishingImages/BirchInnovationSwayLink.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:127px;" /><br><br><br><br></div></div>

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.​


Tanya Santee, Principal
Ellen Hudiburg, Principal Assistant

Heather Hoover, Preschool Teacher
Nicole Krosnowski, Preschool Teacher
Tabitha Brown, Kindergarten Teacher
Beth Murphy​​​​​, Kindergarten Teacher
Tammie Hill, Kindergarten Teacher
LeighAnn Aragon, 2nd Grade Teacher
Kristin Bialick, 4th Grade Teacher
Tom Schiola, 4th Grade Teacher
Jeni McCormick, 5th Grade Teacher
Jill Cox, OT/SpEd
Rebecca Van Dyke, SpEd
Kim Butler, Teacher Librarian
Kim Hohensee, Music Teacher
Kort Hedges, Custodian


Jean Paxton
Erica & Patrick Burns​

Related Resources



DAT Guidelines - Revised 2015 Related Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=4 Related Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=4{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}DAT Guidelines - Revised 2015,

DAT Meeting Schedule

DAT meetings are open for the public to observe, and there is an opportunity for public comment at each meeting. ​​ All meetings during the school year are held at 2:45-4:30PM. 



SEPT. 16, 2015 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=15 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=15{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}SEPT. 16, 2015,,
SEPT. 2, 2015 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=14 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=14{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}SEPT. 2, 2015,
AUG. 7, 2015 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=13 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=13{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}AUG. 7, 2015,
JUNE 17, 2015 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=12 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=12{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}JUNE 17, 2015,
JUNE 1, 2015 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=11 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=11{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}JUNE 1, 2015,
MAY 19, 2015 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=10 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=10{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}MAY 19, 2015,




SD (schematic design)/DD (design development) Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=1 Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=1{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}SD (schematic design)/DD (design development) due 09/15Completedsuccess
CD (construction documents) Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=5 Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=5{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}CD (construction documents)due 11/24Completedsuccess
Bid Date Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=6 Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=6{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Bid DateDecember 2015Completedwarning
Construction Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=7 Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=7{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Constructionscheduled 02/15 - 08/15Completedinfo


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Scope of Work

​Facility Condition

  • Exterior building improvements such as repair/replace windows and doors
  • Replace roof
  • Improvements to interior finishes such as carpet, flooring, ceiling tile, paint and casework
  • Restroom renovations
  • Install building-wide air conditioning
  • Electrical system improvements including emergency generator
  • Intercom and clock system improvements
  • Asbestos abatement
  • Audio enhancement in every classroom**

Program Compatibility Assessment

  • Provide adequate space for full-day kindergarten
  • Provide adequate space for preschool
  • Close classroom walls
  • Convert stage to motor lab
  • Provide additional preschool storage and restroom
  • Upgrade kiln room
  • Provide art room storage
  • Provide adequate Special Education space

Health and Physical Development

  • Upgrade playground equipment and surface material

Safety and Security

  • Install electronic security controls
  • Install security partitions
  • Install camera/intercom security system
  • Redesign main entry to provide more control over visitor access


  • Upgrade HVAC controls
  • Conduct retro-commissioning and repairs


  • Birch Elementary School is eligible to receive up to $200,000 in additional funds to implement facility improvements that support innovative teaching methods. 

** Not included in project budget