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Renovations Empower DSST Falcons to Soar in New School

Contributor: Swinerton Blogger   |   October 20, 2014   |   Image Gallery »
Renovations Empower DSST Falcons to Soar in New School

Swinerton gathered with students, teachers, administrators, parents and the Denver community to celebrate the transformation of the historic Byers Junior High School into a Denver School of Science and Technology Middle School. Several Denver City Council representatives and members of the Denver Public Schools Board of Education participated in the celebration, which was punctuated with a student representative cutting the ribbon with the school’s principals. Afterward, community members toured the facility and got a first-hand look at new classrooms, two gymnasiums and student break-out areas which convey DPS’s standards for a 21st Century Learning Environment.

Swinerton began interior demolition on the 93-year-old building last July, which entailed a complete gut-to-structure interior demolition. Over the past year, our team worked diligently to create classrooms, a cafeteria, two gymnasiums and student gathering areas within 120,000 square feet. As the building is an individually designated Denver landmark, work on the exteriors included installation of new windows and terra cotta-topped pillars which replicate the original materials.

Teachers and administrators recognized Swinerton’s hard work with a note of appreciation full of glowing comments such as “Your work here will impact students for generations. Thank you for the empowering space!”; “Thank you for your hard work in building us a beautiful school.” and “Here’s to the nicest school in the state!”

Watch DSST Byers on CBS:
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/08/27/historic-byers-middle-school-reopens-near-washington-park/

View our Flickr Gallery from the Event:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/swinerton/sets/72157646561726378/