New School and Campus Expansion will Serve Middle School Students in School District 49
School District 49 is pleased to announce two major construction projects will create new and needed learning space in the fastest growing school district in the state of Colorado. A new middle school and an addition to Bennett Ranch Elementary School, both designed and built by Colorado-based businesses, are preliminarily scheduled to welcome students in the fall of 2023.
MS23-226-- the project name for the new middle school-- is planned for the Sand Creek Zone and will find a home on Barnes Rd., just east of Marksheffel Blvd. Nunn Construction will build the 130,000 square foot middle school in a neighborhood currently in development by Nor’wood Homes. MS23-226 will serve 900 D49 sixth - eighth-grade students.
Simultaneously, the Falcon Zone’s Firebird Nation Campus will make use of existing space when builder GH Phipps begins work on an addition to the existing Bennett Ranch Elementary School. The new wing will provide nearly 54,000 square feet of learning space for sixth grade students, relieving pressure at nearby Falcon Middle School.
D49 will renew its partnership with Wember Inc. to serve as owner’s representative for both projects, which have a combined budget of $85 million. Wember Inc. worked closely with D49 on previous projects, including the construction of Bennett Ranch, Inspiration View Elementary Schools and all major additions to the district’s three main high schools.
All projects, including MS23-226 and the BRES expansion, are funded by the 2016 voter-approved 3B Mill Levy Override, which created a funding model to support the construction of new schools in D49 for years to come. For more information on the project funding, go to the Building Our Future Community page.
Work on MS23-226 will begin when crews break ground in February of 2022. In the meantime the D49 planning department will finalize the feeder pattern plans, identifying which D49 schools will send students to the brand new campus in 2023. D49 will also incorporate community feedback into the selection process for school name, colors, and mascot in the coming months.
Preliminary drawings are subject to change, but here is a look at what the new middle school might look like.