St. Vrain Elementary

Client Need:

When the St. Vrain School District in northern Colorado decided to add a new school to their map, they did not want just another cookie-cutter looking school. They hired RB+B Architects and the Birdsall Group to design an atypical school that would create an educational learning environment relevant to the history and geology of the town where it would be located. The resulting St. Vrain Elementary School #26 in Erie creates educational areas for students to learn about their region’s history and geology outside of the traditional classroom.


For this LEED certified school, the school district selected Adolfson and Peterson (A&P) as the general contractor because of its reputation for budget consciousness and its school construction experience. RB+B, the Birdsall Group and A&P worked with Colorado Hardscapes, Inc.(CHI) during the design process to ensure that their visions for the concrete applications at this school could be constructed within budget and to the quality desired. As a result, the transition from design to construction flowed smoothly. Colorado Hardscapes constructed a rain garden, interpretive site wall, mineral identification polished concrete, and specialty polished concrete floors in the cafeteria.


Through design meetings, samples, on-site mock-ups, coordination with all parties, and on-time delivery, Colorado Hardscapes exceeded expectations on St. Vrain Elementary School #26. This project required extensive coordination for Colorado Hardscapes to provide the variety of finishes required. Crews with different expertise worked side-by-side, offering the client ease in scheduling, contracting, managing and communication. With an accelerated schedule to open school on time, no other concrete contractor could meet the demands of multiple decorative concrete finishes, sustainable requirements, and coordination better than Colorado Hardscapes, Inc.


Bronze Merit Award for Project of the Year Under $2M from Association of General Contractors of Colorado