The Lake County High School renovation and expansion was funded through a Colorado Department of Education – Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Grant and an approved matching bond initiative by local voters. The school was fully occupied for the school year during the 15-month construction schedule.
The project included demoing the north classroom wing, adding a new exit and entry stair at the north to replace a demolished classroom wing, as well as 60,000 sf of common areas, including the auditorium, cafeteria, kitchen, a gutted and re-planned administrative office and athletic facilities.
The 61,000-sf expansion included adding a two-story high school wing and a one-story junior high school wing, which allowed the district to move 7th and 8th grades from the overcrowded middle school. Existing portions of the building that remained were dressed up with new exterior skin and an entry tower with a secured vestibule at the east side of existing building, to replace the existing main entry.
The team replaced the original ‘accordion roof’ with a new roof over the student commons area, bringing new life to an outdated and poorly functioning critical space. Construction spanned two summers and one winter, which resulted in extended winter conditions due to its elevation of 10,200 ft. where winters can last nine months.
Summer work was packed with can’t miss deadline due to the need of having the facility re-opened in time for the school year. The first summer included in-depth asbestos abatement prior to renovations and the shutdown of all major building systems. The winter saw more snow than in recent history, so much the school district cancelled school for a snow day for only the second time in 100 years, but the work never stopped.
Lake County School District R-1
ENR Mountain States, Best Project Awards, K-12 Project of the Year
ABC Rocky Mountain, Excellence in Construction, Education $10-25M – Eagle Award (1st place)
ABC National, Excellence in Construction, Education $10-25M – Eagle Award (1st Place)
Construction Management Association of America, Project Achievement Award
USGBC LEED Gold Certified