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Douglass Elementary School{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Douglass Elementary School840 75th Street Boulder, CO 80303 11952<img alt="" src="/projects/Project%20Profile%20Images/DouglassFront.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />$24,218,396N/A

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May 2019 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=23 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=23{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}May 2019Some minor work will be performed in the school this summer to accommodate Special Education needs.



July 2016 Update Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=10 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=10{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}July 2016 UpdateAdolfson & Peterson (A&P) Construction company is making great progress on the site and foundation work. The site has been graded and areas have been built up to prepare for building foundation (follow the link for photos). The quonset hut has had asbestos abated and is scheduled to be demolished in coming weeks. Concrete footers are being poured with foundation walls to be poured soon.,
Back to School Construction Update Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=11 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=11{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.,
Construction Update | October 2016 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=12 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=12{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update | October 2016Construction crews met a significant milestone in October—placing the last beam on the steel structure of the new building. The project team commemorated the event with a “Topping Out” ceremony. Students and staff were invited to sign their names on the final beam and then watched and cheered as the beam was lowered into place. Workers are now installing roof decking along with exterior and interior wall framing. In store for November is completion of the underground plumbing and electrical work as well as the final slab on grade concrete pour. Crews will then begin installing brick masonry and siding on the exterior of the building with the goal of getting it fully enclosed for the winter months. Click the images link below for project photos.,
Construction Update | December 2016 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=13 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=13{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Update | December 2016The extended summer-like weather in November really helped with moving the construction forward. Crews are enclosing the exterior portion of the building where interior metal framing has begun and electrical rough-ins have started. Masons will soon begin installing brick veneer on the building. In the coming weeks, a majority of the building will be enclosed and an increase in interior work will ensue. The project is on schedule for a summer 2017 completion. Scroll to the Images section on this page for project photos.,
New Douglass building goes big on energy efficiency Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=14 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=14{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}New Douglass building goes big on energy efficiencyAt Douglass, the project team worked hard to maximize the energy efficiency of the new building. Energy use is predicted to drop by 65 percent. This energy savings will translate to an estimated annual utility cost savings of $28,063, a reduction of almost 50 percent of the current expenditure.,
Learn more about BVSD's energy efficiency improvements in the Daily Camera Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=15 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=15{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Learn more about BVSD's energy efficiency improvements in the Daily Camera,
Douglass Construction Update | January 2017 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=16 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=16{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Douglass Construction Update | January 2017Construction crews are continuing to move toward getting the building enclosed. The 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Learning Community and Heart of the school (cafe, gym, entry commons) have been fully enclosed and drywall is being installed on interior walls. Exterior masonry work is underway. Roof deck has been installed over the entire structure. Asbestos abatement was completed in the gym over Winter Break. New gas, electric and fiber optic lines have been installed. Over the next month, metal wall framing will be installed in the Pre-K through 2nd grade and Early Childhood learning communities. Installation of plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems will continue.
January 2017 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=17 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=17{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}January 2017Adolphson and Peterson (A & P) Construction continue to make great progress on the new building. Through the month of January, crews installed exterior insulation, brick veneer and roofing. Inside the building, wall framing and drywall is going up as well as above ceiling electrical and plumbing rough-ins. Over the next month, the exterior brick veneer will be completed. Above ceiling electrical and plumbing work will continue as well as drywall installation.
April 2017 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=18 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=18{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}April 2017Exciting progress is being made each month on the new building. During the past few weeks, crews have been busy on the exterior portion of the building installing brick veneer and windows as well as completing the roof. On the interior, they have been working to install drywall in the cafe, heart, curiosity center, music, art, makerspace and grades 4-5 learning community. In the coming weeks, A & P will continue to add brick, vertical wall panels and windows to the exterior of the building while progressing on the interior with drywall finishes in the administration, pre-school and kindergarten learning community and grade 1-3 learning community. Furniture will be ordered soon and is scheduled to be installed in June. The new building is on schedule to be ready for school in August 2017.
May 1, 2017 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=19 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=19{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}May 1, 2017Adolfson & Peterson (A&P) are entering the final months of construction on the new building. Over the past few weeks, they have been busy installing drywall, ceiling grids, flooring, casework, and interior garage doors. On the exterior, they have added vertical wall panels, playground structures and started site work around the building. In the next few weeks, they will continue to work on finishing the drywall, installing wood flooring in gym, installing ceiling tiles, pouring concrete sidewalks and installing playgrounds. The building continues to be on schedule for August 2017 opening.
May 2017 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=20 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=20{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}May 2017With summer soon upon us, Adolfson & Peterson Construction is busily working to complete work on the new building while making preparations to abate and raze the old building. Once school is dismissed for the summer, all teaching materials will be stored for reuse in the new building. Technology, furniture and usable maintenance items will be removed as well and will be reused in other BVSD schools. Items that cannot be reused will be recycled. The site will continue to be an active construction zone—the building will be demolished and landscaping, parking lots and playgrounds will be installed. New furniture is scheduled to be installed in mid-July. The new Douglass school is scheduled to be ready for students in August. When school opens, Adolfson & Peterson Construction will still be on site to complete any unfinished interior and/or exterior work. Open house events will be held soon after the school opens in the fall. We are looking forward to the final completion of the new Douglass school.
June 2017 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=21 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=21{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}June 2017Adolfson and Peterson (A&P) Construction is nearing completion of the new building. Crews are busy installing flooring, interior windows, doors and hardware and completing final painting. Boulder Commercial Interiors will begin furniture installation in early July. The asbestos abatement has been completed on the old building and demolition has started. By mid-July, the old building will be removed and work will begin on the west side of the new school to add landscape, garden beds, playground, bus loop and parking lot.
August 2017 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=22 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=22{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}August 2017Construction of the new building is substantially complete, and students were welcomed to the new school August 16th!
October Project Status Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=4 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=4{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}October Project Status​The design team is working with the DAT to develop a schematic desgin.
September 2015 - Project Status Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=5 Updates/DispForm.aspx?ID=5{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}September 2015 - Project StatusOn September 10 & 11, members of the Douglass 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 Douglass Elementary unique and began to imagine what the new school will be. Check out the Discovery Report.The construction of the new Douglass 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 September 10, the design team shared some of these ideas with the community and gathered their hopes and wishes for the new school., Douglass Discovery Report - Sept 2015

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Project Team
Project Manager



Steve Schumacher Contacts/DispForm.aspx?ID=7{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Steve,




Fielding Nair International Contacts/DispForm.aspx?ID=3{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Fielding Nair International,
RTA Architects Contacts/DispForm.aspx?ID=6{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}RTA Architects,




Adolfson & Peterson Construction Contacts/DispForm.aspx?ID=1{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Adolfson & Peterson Construction,

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Video: Community Visioning Workshop on Sept 10, 2015 Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=4 Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=4{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Video: Community Visioning Workshop on Sept 10, 2015,
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}$24,218,396

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

Bond Expenditures, Project Expenditures

Project Expenditures, Project Expenditures

Sustainability Features{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}<div class="ExternalClass41ADFDAD6D7D4EAE916C7B2FE5608444"><div>Under Development <br></div></div>

Energy Efficiency/Green Features{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}<div class="ExternalClass47884E07E62D4E9BA8A9A7668A869D3D"><div><div>BVSD pushed to maximize the energy efficiency of our new buildings. At Douglass, energy use is predicted to be just over one-third that of the old building.<br></div><div><br></div><strong><a href="">Check out </a></strong><span style="color:#444444;"><a href="">the predicted energy performance</a>.</span><div><img src="/projects/PublishingImages/NewBuildEnergyLink.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;" /><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong><a href="">Learn more </a></strong>about how BVSD is improving energy efficiency in our buildings. <br></div><br><br><br><br></div></div>

Educational Innovation Features{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}<div class="ExternalClass3E868EB5FA6846A2A8BDB8F739F5B6E8">Under Development</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.​​


Paula Miller, Principal's Assistant
Rick Berry, Head Custodian
Alisha Cohen, 1st Grade Teacher
Anne Gibson, 3rd Grade Teacher
Linda Taht, 4th Grade Teacher
Carole Brandt, 5th Grade Teacher
Michelle Cartwright, KG Enrichment
Nicky Kroge, SpEd & Literacy
Kate Klotz, Music & Choir
Kelli Chynoweth, Library
Tim Eubank, PE


Kelly Anderson
Katherine Hunter
David Sinkey
Bridgette Cole
Aaron Stoddard
Anne Gibson (also staff)


Frieda Holley
Sandy and Tom Hay
Ella and Joe Hirman
Tom Kolp
Richard Wobbekind ​​​​​​​​​​​

Related Resources
Community Meetings

Sept. 10 | Community Visioning Workshop​ 
 View presentation​

March 7 | Design Preview Community Meeting
  View presentation​

Discovery Visit

Sept. 10 & 11
  ​​​View Dashboard 
  ​​​View Video of Community Workshop​ 
​  View Discovery Report​​​

 DAT Guidelines​​​​



Douglass Community Visioning Presentation - YouTube Related Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=5 Related Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=5{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Douglass Community Visioning Presentation - YouTube,
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,
Douglass Discovery Report - Sept 10/11 Related Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=3 Related Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=3{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Douglass Discovery Report - Sept 10/11,
Douglass Discovery Visit Related Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=2 Related Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=2{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Douglass Discovery Visit,

DAT Meeting Schedule

​Community input and involvement is an important part of the capital improvement planning process. All meetings are from 3-5pm and are open to the public to observe.  There is an opportunity for public comment at each meeting. ​​​



Mar. 7, 2016, DAT#6 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=6 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=6{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Mar. 7, 2016, DAT#6,,
Nov. 2, 2015 - DAT#5 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=5 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=5{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Nov. 2, 2015 - DAT#5Library,,
OCT. 19, 2015 - DAT#4 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=4 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=4{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}OCT. 19, 2015 - DAT#4Library,,
OCT. 5, 2015 - DAT#3 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=3 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=3{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}OCT. 5, 2015 - DAT#3Library,,
SEPT. 21, 2015 - DAT#2 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=2 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=2{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}SEPT. 21, 2015 - DAT#2Library,,
SEPT. 10, 2015 - DAT#1 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=1 Meetings List/DispForm.aspx?ID=1{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}SEPT. 10, 2015 - DAT#1Library, http://www.bvsd.org,




Construction Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=1 Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=1{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}ConstructionJune 2016 - Aug. 2017In Progressinfo
Construction Documents Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=2 Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=2{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Construction Documentsdue May 2016Completesuccess
Design Development Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=3 Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=3{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Design Developmentdue Feb. 2016Completesuccess
Schematic Design Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=4 Timeline/DispForm.aspx?ID=4{28e838a4-8015-4177-ac17-2576b5d1e514}Schematic Designdue Nov. 2015Completesuccess


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Scope of Work

​The Douglass Elementary School building will be replaced with one of similar size to serve the current enrollment area of Douglass. 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 provides 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.