Campus Renovations

Colorado District Completes District-Wide Renovation Project

The Yuma School District in northeast Colorado recently announced that it has finished a district-wide renovation project that provides modernized facilities for both expanded programming and upgraded security. The district partnered with design-build firm The Neenan Company to upgrade 85,000 square feet of space at its high-school and PreK–8 facilities to benefit the district’s 900 students.

At Yuma High School, projects included upgrades to about 42,480 square feet of the facility; building a new, 18,605-square-foot wing to expand academic programing; and adding a 12,465-square-foot auxiliary gym. A news release says that the project broke ground in June 2020 and that the school facilities now feature a more easily identifiable main entrance and administrative area, as well as a revamped electronic security system throughout campus.

The high school’s new wing will play home to STEM programs and the Career Technical Education (CTE) program. Amenities include a maker’s space for the school robotics club, a technology resource room, space for agriculture science and metal/woodworking classes and flexible space for future additions to the school curriculum. All classrooms also saw updates to HVAC and electrical systems, and many classrooms were moved to exterior walls to maximize natural light. Finally, the high school also saw design improvements to its commons area, cafeteria, library, practice and physical education gymnasium, and weight room.

The district’s second project involved renovations to its PreK–8 facility. In addition to safety upgrades and a new bus loop, the school saw remodels to about 11,000 square feet of classrooms and a new warming kitchen.

“Seeing our vision come to life is rewarding beyond words. Every single student in our district, plus those in the decades to come, will benefit from this project,” said Dianna Chrisman, Yuma School District superintendent. “We began coordinating with The Neenan Company in 2018 to begin our master planning and the efforts behind our successful bond campaign. Our teams have partnered to pour years of thoughtful planning into this project, and we are eager to celebrate this worthwhile journey with our community.”

According to a news release, the project was Collaborative for High-Performance Schools (CHPS) certified. It was funded by a voter-passed bond measure and by the State of Colorado’s BEST Grant Program, which the district was selected to receive in 2019.

“This project reflects the core of what we aim to achieve with Neenan’s education-focused design-build expertise: delivering schools that give educators and students a foundation to thrive,” said The Neenan Company senior architect David Kurtz. “With the efficiencies generated from our design-build process, we were able to expand the project’s scope and ultimately deliver greater value to Yuma School District, all amid the challenging demands placed on both education and project job sites throughout the past two years.”

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Matt Jones is senior editor of Spaces4Learning. He can be reached at [email protected].