In 2008, local residents approved a bond issue to provide for building repairs, additions, and infrastructure updates at Niwot High School. The original building, having been built in the 1960’s and continually added to over the past 50 years, was much in need of renovation throughout.
Work within this school included interior renovations and miscellaneous remodels including an expansion to the current administration and commons area, a general 5-classroom addition, and a separate science curriculum addition consisting of 3 lab classrooms, a science prep room and other supporting spaces. The locker rooms also required a complete remodel due to abatement and to increase accessibility and available lockers for PE students. The competition size gymnasium received a new maple floor and electronically controlled bleachers on the main floor and loft above. All restrooms brought up to ANSI standards for accessibility along with all new finishes and plumbing fixtures, new flooring and wall surfaces throughout corridor spaces were abated and replaced, and all hardware and doors were replaced. A general classroom was remodeled to accommodate a computer lab classroom with flexible smart carts, classroom technology and building security systems were updated, interior environment conditions were improved by the replacement of roof-top units, and the remainder of the building was sprinkled. Exterior sight improvements were made to the entry plaza such as site lighting, pedestrian flow into the building, and an improved seating area for students and visitors with added sun-shade elements on south windows to reduce solar gain and glare.
As part of the landfill mitigation effort utilized on this project, the maple athletic floor that was removed from the gymnasium improvement was salvaged and repurposed as a finish material at another St. Vrain Valley School District project, Red Hawk Elementary in Erie, Colorado. (project architect - work completed with RB+B Architects)