Colorado School District Celebrates Renovations

By Eric Althoff

FORT COLLINS, Colo.—The Centennial State’s Yuma School District announced that local design-build firm the Neenan Company completed nearly 85,000 square feet of renovation to its educational spaces.

At Yuma High School, Neenan—which commenced work in June 2020—upgraded over 42,000 square feet of existing space and added an additional 18,000-square-foot wing as well as a 12,465-square-foot gymnasium. Yuma High School’s new wing will feature the Career Technical Education (CTE) program, as well as space for the robotics club and the woodworking and metal shops. The design allows for each school subject to have its own “hub space.”  Additionally, a modern main school entrance was fashioned and the entire electrical security system and HVAC systems replaced.

A second K-8 school within the district now features an upgraded bus loop and student dropoff area, as well as a new kitchen and renovations to 11,000 square feet of educational space.

“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,” David Kurtz, senior architect at the Neenan Company, said in a recent statement. “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 jobsites throughout the past two years.”

Added Yuma School District Superintendent Dianna Chrisman: “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.”