The 50,000 square foot addition to McAuliffe is the first major project to be completed that was funded through the 2019 bond issue. It includes a larger gymnasium, new secure front office and entrance, expanded cafeteria, new STEM labs and a new wing of classrooms. This addition means that 16 portable classrooms will be removed from the campus and all students will be learning inside the school.
S. Christa McAuliffe STEM Academy celebrated a milestone in its 2019 Bond Issue construction project. The school and contractor, Sampson Construction, hosted a Topping Ceremony, which is when the last and highest steel beam is put into place.
On Tuesday, September 29, District 6 - in partnership with owners representative RLH Engineering, contractors Sampson Construction and architects The Cunningham Group - hosted a meeting outside McAuliffe STEM Academy K-8 to update neighbors living near the school about the construction project, including timelines, modifications to the site, the new floor plan of the school, plans to reorient the front of the school to the north, reorienting the drop off/pick up lanes to the north and more.
The McAuliffe Stem Academy Design Advisory Group met for a virtual meeting on April 7. The Cunningham Group is the architectural firm that has been hired to complete both the McAuliffe renovation and addition, and the Chappelow Arts Magnet renovation and addition, which will follow the McAuliffe project. The contractor hired for both projects is Samson Construction, which has an office in Loveland that will be serving this project.
McAuliffe STEM Academy K-8 is the first school to undergo a major renovation through the 2019 bond issue. McAuliffe, previously an elementary school, became a K-8 school in 2016, and the enrollment of the school has grown significantly. The school is currently about 450 students over capacity, and many classes are being taught in portable, temporary buildings. The cafeteria is inadequate to serve all students, and the gymnasium is too small for middle school sports.
Design Advisory Group
A Design Advisory Group works with architects to help design major elements of a building or project. It is composed of people from the school's community, including staff, parents and students. The Design Advisory Group holds regular meetings throughout the project. Here is the membership for the McAuliffe STEM Academy Design Advisory Group:
Jeff Petersen, Principal
Amy Bustrum, Assistant Principal
Denise Brink, STEM Coordinator
Jessica Vincent, Attendance Secretary
Natalie Thill, Office Manager
Ashley Meyer, Primary Teacher
Madi Alison, Intermediate Teacher
Susan Starkey, 5th Grade Teacher
Trevor Pilgrim, 6th Grade Teacher
Ryan Thompson, 7th Grade Teacher
Dena Mawlawi, 8th Grade Teacher
Eileen Carey, K-4 SPED
Jared Omoto, 5-8 SPED
Terry Highfield, Specialist
Jeanette Cullup, Parent
Ally Johnson, Parent
Wesley Patch, Vestas