New Vista High School
700 20th Street Boulder, CO 80302 | 720.561.8700
Original Construction Date | 1953
$11,194,746 (2014 Bond funding)
PROJECT MANAGER: Gene Temanson
CONTRACTOR: Adolfson & Peterson
The construction site continues to be a busy place this month with a couple of big milestones happening. On Jan. 3 the final concrete pour for the first floor slab was completed, setting the stage for the installation of structural steel over the next month. This is an exciting time as the building really starts to go vertical and take shape. Extended favorable weather recently has allowed A&P Construction to press ahead on the schedule and the overall project is running both on time and within budget.
Note: Please be aware that there will likely be traffic disruptions on 20th Street (west side of the current NVHS building) sometime in the coming weeks when crews make the connection to the City’s sanitary sewer line. When the work occurs, the road will be narrowed to one-lane for several days. The timing of the work is dependent on XCEL Energy disconnecting a light pole located by the temporary parking lot on the NW side of the school. We will keep you posted on specifics when plans are finalized. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.
Highlights of the work planned for January are detailed below:
Final first floor concrete slab will be poured, including auditorium slope and stairs area
XCEL transformer installation and setup to be completed
Electrical rough-ins for the transformer will be completed
Structural steel installation will begin on the NW side of the new school and move south through the month of January
Site grading in select locations will occur throughout the month
The construction site continues to be a busy place this month. With the concrete foundations poured and weather coated, the footprint of the new building is now complete and backfill and column locations have been set and poured. Major aspects of the next phase of work are dependent on the tie-in to the city sanitation/water systems scheduled for this month. (See the information in red below.) Also, there will continue to be heavy construction traffic going in and out of the site, with both concrete and structural steel being delivered on a daily basis.
We are pleased to have welcomed many student visitors to the site over the past few weeks, and hope to see more NVHS students (as well as students from other schools) in the weeks/months to come. Visiting students have learned about the various trades, walked the actual construction site, and asked questions of both the general contractor (A&P) and the various subcontractors. It is a unique opportunity for students to learn about the construction industry firsthand and we are thrilled to host them whenever possible!
The New Vista High School building project is moving forward at a rapid clip! With the weather being fairly cooperative overall, the various trades have been able to both access the site and complete many major tasks either on time or even ahead of schedule in some instances. The foundation is over 90% complete with the elevator shaft also completed (It is the most prominent feature on the site right now along with the enormous walls that will support the new auditorium.) Work will continue in earnest over the coming weeks to take advantage of the excellent construction conditions, with plenty of equipment entering and exiting the site.
Note: Please be aware there will be traffic disruptions on both 20th street (west side of current NVHS building and Baseline (south side by the construction entrance in the coming weeks. We will keep you posted on specifics when plans are finalized, but both streets will be narrowed to one lane (20th street will be impacted first, then Baseline) as sanitation tie-ins are completed). We apologize ahead of time for the inconvenience this may cause you as you access the current NVHS site.
As always, we thank you for your patience and continued support during this very busy time of construction. Though the opening of the new school is just over a year away, it is exciting to see the progress being made on a daily basis! Please see below for highlights of the work taking place this month:
Complete pours of foundation walls at south side of building
Complete waterproofing of foundation walls throughout the site
Install exterior foundation drains
Begin work on installation of underground systems throughout the foundation
Prep and pour curbs and sidewalks in the new front entry driveway loop area
Grade, prep and install first level of asphalt for front entry driveway loop
Begin installation of crane pads in anticipation of support steel installation in the latter part of November
This has been an exciting month for the construction project as the new building has started to come out of the ground! Concrete—LOTS of concrete—has been delivered, then poured, as the construction of the foundation continues in earnest each day. Forms can be seen emerging from these foundations as the work progresses towards the installation of the building structure. With all of this activity taking place around the site, we commend A&P Construction for their attention to detail that has minimized any impact on the existing school and the students and staff.
Thank you for your patience and continued support during this very busy time of construction. Though the opening of the new school is months away, it is exciting to see the progress being made on a daily basis!
Literally tons of dirt have been moved on the east side of the existing New Vista High School building—a visible indication of the progress being made on the site currently. This month we will start to see the new building come out of the ground as the foundation is constructed and the building starts to go vertical. This is an exciting time for the project! Beginning around Sept. 20, concrete trucks will be coming and going to the site on a regular basis to pour the foundation walls which will continue for several weeks. Thank you for your patience and continued support during this very busy time.
The area where the new building will be located, just east of the existing building, has been cleared and leveled over the past few weeks. Rough grading is complete and the work of drilling the 739 support piers has begun. Yet to come this month will be the start of stormwater infrastructure installation and rough-in for underground electrical systems. The weather has been favorable for most of this work and the number of workers on the site will continue to increase in the weeks ahead.
The construction trailers are set, perimeter fencing has been put in place, and as of July 5, shovels are in the ground as Adolfson and Peterson Construction begins its work on the new building for New Vista High School! The design and planning for this project, several years in the making, has been a collaboration of many stakeholders, and we are excited for the completion of the new building in the fall of 2024.
MOA Architects, along with general contractor Adolfson & Peterson (A&P) Construction, will be leading the project for BVSD. A&P has extensive experience in working in the schools/education sector, and has completed a number of successful projects for BVSD. Funding for the construction of the new school is being provided through the Bond ballot measure that was approved by voters in November 2022, along with funding from the 2014 Bond program.
Extra planning and strict safety protocols have been put in place and are monitored daily and reassessed on a weekly basis with BVSD, MOA Architects and all outside vendors. As we will be doing each month, this update is intended to keep the NVHS community apprised of the upcoming work scheduled to be completed in the month ahead. Below are the highlights of the work taking place this month:
Clearing of the site and demo of existing structures (tennis courts, basketball court, small walkway and surrounding landscape)
Completion of temporary drive/entrance to the existing parking lot off of 20th street.
Note: Entrance to the south parking lot off of Baseline Road is closed to public access and will be for the duration of the project
Site survey and rough grading of the entire footprint of the new campus
Begin to layout the building foundation
Begin work on exterior storm water pond construction on site
This month, Adolfson & Peterson Construction (A&P) will mobilize to the site with equipment and materials.
Mobilize for construction trailer delivery and installation
Rework parking entrance: Eliminating east entrance and establishing a WEST entrance to the staff/student parking area.
Temporary fencing installed around the construction site. Note that, until its completion, this construction area will be closed to the public, including on the weekends. This includes most of the property EAST of the current school building (excluding parking areas).
Site survey completed
Major site equipment deliveries completed by July 1, 2023
The construction contract was awarded to Adolfson & Peterson Construction. Construction will begin over the summer with the contractor molizing to the site in July. The contractor is developing the detailed construction schedule, which plans for approximately 15 months to construct the new building and a mid-year move-in during the 2024-25 school year. Planning is underway for a groundbreaking celebration in August. Check back for information.
Design Advisory Team
School Community Members
David Biek, Parent
Isabella Boza, Student
Ben Brandt, Student
Eric Ironside, Parent
Sennen Knauer, Interim Principal
CJ Lanaghen, Student
Jeff Mogab, Teacher
Alex Robertson, Teacher
Ilan Sherman, Teacher
Ann Thomaier, Office Manager
Leah Welner, Student
Ghita Carroll, Sustainability Coordinator
Kiffany Lychock, Teaching and Learning Director
Mandy Redfield, Project Manager
Scott Stevens, Bond Executive Director
Gene Temanson, Project Manager
DAT meetings are open for the public to observe, and there is an opportunity for public comment at each meeting. The meeting schedule will be set when the project begins.
September 8, 2021 | 3:30 - 5 p.m. Minutes, Presentation
The New Vista High School building will be replaced with a new building on the same site. New Vista High School is currently housed in a building that was originally constructed in 1952 as Baseline Jr. High School. The building has aged to the point where the cost to repair and renovate was significant enough that it makes more financial sense to replace the school rather than continue to invest in a worn out, out-dated building.
The new building will serve students for 70 years with significantly better energy efficiency and reduced ongoing maintenance costs. In addition, the new building design supports the educational program better, with features such as a modern performance space/auditorium, outdoor learning spaces, and flexible learning spaces.
A portion of the project budget in the 2014 Bond program was used for design of the new building, and the remainder will be used toward construction.