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Swinerton Builders Colorado: August 22, 2014

$19 million Conversion of Denver's Historic Byers School Building Complete

The renovation of the former Byers Junior High School building, a 93-year-old structure on Denver's Pearl Street, has reached completion, with a grand opening planned for next week.

The historic school at 150 S. Pearl St. has been empty since 2004, when Denver School of the Arts, which was using the building, moved to a new home at 7111 Montview Blvd.

But after a year of construction, the Byers building has been converted into a fifth campus for the Denver School of Science and Technology.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reopening of the school is planned for Aug. 27.

Swinerton Builders began work on the $19 million project in July 2013, adding new windows, a parking lot and landscaping.

Renovations also included construction of modern classrooms and laboratories as well as a new gymnasium, cafeteria, atrium and study space, said John Spight, project manager for Swinerton. The school includes 83,000 square feet of learning space.

Talks about renovating the school began in 2011, when Denver School of Science and Technology approached Denver Public Schools about opening a new middle school in the building.

The project was built with funds from the Denver Public Schools bond program, which allocates $78 million to expand or renovate existing schools and another $119 million to build new facilities.

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