01/02/2017 06:36:53 AM MST
By Pamela Johnson
Walls, supports in place for Loveland charter school
The charter school is building a 53,200-square-foot school at 3015 W. 29th St. for middle and high school students that will open in August for the 2017-18 year. Within the past six weeks, Golden Triangle Construction and its subcontractors have completed the exterior walls and steel framing.
“It’s been moving along real well,” said Randy Morrison, on-site superintendent for the project.
The steel was delivered Nov. 16, the first precast wall was righted on Nov. 21, and on Dec. 19, the contractor placed the final second story beam into place between precast concrete walls — a milestone for the school.
Currently, younger grades are still at the original school, while the older students are attending classes in additional leased space at Faith Church.
Next school year, all the grade levels will be at permanent homes — kindergarten through fifth at the original building, which the charter school bought earlier this year for $6.85 million, and sixth through 12th grade at the brand new school, located on 12 acres the school bought for $550,000.
The money to buy the land and the original building as well as for construction of the new school is from $20 million in tax-exempt bonds that were issued earlier this year. The school will repay the bonds through its operating budget.
The new school will include classrooms, music and art rooms, laboratories, a dining area and more and, with both campuses in place, allow the charter to grow to 950 total students. The new school does not include a gymnasium, but Loveland Classical has established a foundation to raise money to construct one in the future as well as to support the existing elementary school program.
Details on that foundation were not readily available on Friday.
The focus of teaching at the charter is classical education, so the exterior of the school was designed to portray that same image. The prefabricated walls that are in place include red brick on the front of the building, and the entry way harkens back to the traditional look of a school.
Morrison added, “It has that classical look to it.”