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“Legacy of Excellence” Begins at Fort Logan Northgate School

The Sheridan Board of Education and Superintendent Michael Clough cut the ribbon to open Fort Logan Northgate School under sunny skies on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, 2014.

“Welcome to our new, beautiful school. It truly took a village to build Fort Logan Northgate,” said Superintendent Clough. “Today we begin our new legacy.”

Fort Logan Northgate School is the city’s first new school since the high school opened in 1972.  Eighty percent of the new school was funded through a grant from the State of Colorado’s Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program. The remaining 20 percent was backed through a bond approved by Sheridan voters in 2012. The school was built on time and within its $28.5 million budget. 

“Thank you all for coming to celebrate a new legacy for Sheridan,” said Board of Education vice-president Bernadette Saleh. “And thank you for your unwavering commitment to the city of Sheridan. You have made this district and this community very proud.”

A contingent from the Veterans of Foreign Wars raised the first flag, the National Anthem was sung by Elijah Martinez, student violinists played “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” and students Esmeralda Lucero and Karla C’Devaca offered their perspectives in brief speeches. “This moment is unforgettable,” said C’Devaca.

The school mascot was introduced as “Commander Wright” in honor of Cyndi Wright, the district’s Director of Facilities and Transportation who headed up the district team that applied for the state grant and oversaw every detail in bringing the school from first shovel to grand opening. More than 800 Sheridan residents, parents, students and community members attended the event and explored the new facility. (Photos.)

Fort Logan Northgate School executive principal Ian Wells said the day marked the beginning of a “legacy of excellence” when students merge in January. 

The former Fort Logan Elementary School will close and the property sold. The middle school will be converted for use as the new Early Childhood Center (ECC). The current ECC (originally Ora Oliver Elementary School) will be razed and the property developed as a soccer and playing field for Fort Logan Northgate School. 

“You’re in the presence of Commanders,” said Wells. “Lose yourself in the possibilities of what the future holds.”

The building features a series of sustainable features, including a geo-thermal heating and cooling system, daylighting sensors and light louvers. The school design is targeted to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification. Solar panels currently in use at Fort Logan Elementary School will be transferred to the new school, too. 

The building exterior is primarily brick with a series of intriguing zinc metal panels in a fish-scale pattern. 

The 102,000-square-foot interior includes 29 classrooms, seven special education rooms, four computer rooms, two art classrooms, one library, one music room, a 9,500-square-foot gymnasium with a 34-foot-high ceiling, a multi-purpose room and 13 “break out” (small group) spaces. The new cafeteria can seat 268 individuals. The 3,200-square-foot library includes a flexible activity room and an operable wall between the cafeteria and the gym that allows the cafeteria space to double as a stage as needed.

Fort Logan Northgate School will open for students in grades 3—5 and 6—8 after the winter break.

Saunders Contruction, Inc. served as the general contractor and the school's design was produced by Wold Architects and Engineers in partnership with Larson Incitti (LIA). Vanir Construction Management served as “owner representative” throughout the construction process. 

About Sheridan School District 2

Located southwest of Denver, Sheridan School District 2 seeks high-level post-secondary options for all students through continuous improvement of quality instruction. More: www.ssd2.org

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