Kevin Sullivan of MOA Architecture brought a preliminary rendering of the new elementary school that will be built at 7300 S. Clermont Drive in Centennial.
BY FREDA MIKLIN
On June 13, the Littleton Public Schools Board of Education (LPS) officially kicked off the first project of the $298 million 5-year bond program passed in last November’s election. Board members donned hard hats to make symbolic cracks in the walls of the soon-to-be-demolished Ames Facility at 7300 S. Clermont Drive in Centennial.
Construction of a new elementary school on the site will begin next spring after the current building has been razed. Roche Constructors, Inc. from Greeley will oversee the project. The new school is expected to be open in fall, 2021.
Jack Reutzel, LPS board president, thanked the voters, especially those who do not have school-age children, for their confidence and for their appreciation of the strength and importance of the public schools to their community. Teachers, he said, “have been teaching 21st century skills in 20th century buildings for many years.” New construction in the LPS district will offer a safe and secure environment, incorporating the newest technologies available.
LPS board members Jim Stephens, Robert Reichardt, Jack Reutzel, and Carrie Warren-Gully expressed their appreciation to voters for approving the $298 million bond program last November.
Terry David, 25-year LPS veteran director of operations, maintenance, and construction, told The Villager that the new building will house LPS’ largest elementary school, with four classrooms per grade on two levels and capacity for 650 students. There will be courtyards between building wings with greenery and spaces designed for outdoor learning. He emphasized that the design process was collaborative and teachers played a major role. Safety and security were top priorities throughout the building and grounds.
Other LPS projects that are underway this summer utilizing funds from the 2018 Bond Program include:
Design work on a new Newton Middle School and LPS junior stadium on the site.
Replacement of grass fields with safe, durable turf practice fields at Heritage and Arapahoe High Schools and Euclid Middle School
Transforming Highland Elementary School into the future home of the LPS Early Childhood Center.
LPS board members Kelly Perez and Carrie Warren-Gully helped initiate the demolition process at the Ames Facility to make way for a new school.
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