Weld Re-8 Schools to break ground on Fort Lupton Middle School remodeling

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By Ben Wiebesiek

FORT LUPTON  — The Weld Re-8 School District administration and board of education is welcoming the public to the ground breaking for a new remodeling project for Fort Lupton Middle School 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23.

The remodeling project will bring new energy-efficient heating and cooling systems for the school as well as a new design for the north entrance to the school.

The school board selected the new design this summer from two offered by Anderson Hallas Architects. The purpose of the redesign is to bring additional security for the school as well as blending in with the design of the building. 

Visitors to the school will be greeted through a large opening between the foyer and the receptionists’ office. After visitors identify themselves to reception, they would be buzzed in to the main halls of the middle school.

Weld Re-8 Superintendent Mark Payler said the design selected honors the history of the building, which includes sections built during different time periods.

“I think it ties the original building with the 1960’s addition together, realizing that you have two different types of architecture going on in front of the building,” Payler said. “I think it’s a solution that really pays homage to this historic part of the building.”

The improvements to the entrance are part of a general renovation of the school including updating the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. The renovation is funded by the BEST grant offered by the Colorado Department of Education.

BEST provides an annual amount of funding, in the form of competitive grants, to school districts, charter schools, institute charter schools, boards of cooperative educational services and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. BEST funds can be used for the construction of new schools as well as general construction and renovation of existing school facility systems and structures.

The new design would also feature wheelchair-accessible ramps to meet requirements set in place by the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Contact Ben Wiebesiek at 303-659-2522, ext. 205, or email bwiebesiek@metrowestnewspapers.com.