Community celebrates start of Cotton Creek construction

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Bond-funded addition to open for 2018-19 school year

There was a buzz of excitement at Cotton Creek Elementary Dec. 19 stoked by the steady mechanical whir of construction equipment as construction officially got under way on a long-awaited expansion to the school.

Students, staff and community members gathered together for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on a two-story, 14,000 square-foot expansion to the building. When the eight-classroom expansion is finished for the start of the 2018-19 school year, Cotton Creek will be able to move third- and fourth-grade students out of mobile classrooms that the school has used for the past 20 years. The nearly 40-year-old building will also receive upgrades during Summer 2018 including repairs to important mechanical systems.

Callie Ambrose, a fifth-grade student and the school's Student Council President, shared her excitement about what the expansion will mean for the school and even envisioned a day where students wouldn't have to don coats to leave mobile classrooms to use the restrooms. She was joined by several speakers including Five Star Schools Superintendent Chris Gdowski, Board of Education Vice-President Laura Mitchell, City of Westminster Mayor Herb Atchison Janelle Hahn, an Adams 12 Community Action Network member and Cotton Creek parent of three. Each reflected on a shared district vision to remove students from cramped mobile classrooms, the effort to pass the 2016 Bond and the important partnerships needed to provide quality educations for students.

After the remarks, students as well as district and community leaders wore hard hats and pushed gold-painted shovels into a ceremonial mound of dirt as audience members cheered.

The expansion project was designed by architectural firm RB+B Architects and will be built by JHL Constructors.

The 2016 Bond Program is reaching all schools and facilities in the Five Star District, investing $350 million in the construction of new schools and badly-needed improvements to existing district schools and facilities.

Follow www.adams12.org/projects/cotton-creek-elementary-school for updates on the Cotton Creek expansion project.