AP Breaks Ground on New Boulder Valley School District Douglass Elementary
BOULDER, CO Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP), staff and community members gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of Boulder Valley School District's (BVSD) newest 21st century learning environment, Douglass Elementary. The new highly sustainable school will be located adjacent to the current 64-year-old facility. It is expected to cost approximately $16 million and will be complete in the summer of 2017.
AP will be carefully conserving the large field next to the site that is presently used for student physical curriculum so the school can continue their normal daily activities. During construction, AP will provide a learning experience to students through site tours, question boards and fence observation windows.
Final design comes from RTA Architects of Colorado Springs, Colorado. RTA Architects and AP have collaborated on numerous projects together, including the award-winning Mapleton Early Childhood Education Center in Boulder, Colorado, which modernized a 124-year-old historical school into a contemporary learning facility for BVSD.
"AP is grateful and excited for an opportunity to continue working with the Boulder Valley School District as they continue to deliver on their promise of sustainability excellence and equity to the community and students they support," said Tom Stone, AP Project Executive.
In line with BVSD's strong commitment to sustainability, the school will follow the District's Sustainability Management System and the Sustainable Energy Plan. These requirements include new schools and buildings will be designed to meet 2009 LEED for Schools. In addition to this, new buildings will be designed as zero net energy or zero net energy capable, targeting 25Btu/sf. Projects will be designed to maximize LEED points for Indoor Environmental Quality.