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Holy Family Seeks to Expand

November 13, 2018

Doors to the new Holy Family High School were opened in August 1999. The school originally was established in 1922 in Denver.

Holy Family High School representatives received positive feedback from Broomfield City Council after submitting a conceptual plan for a 23,500-square-foot addition to its existing building.

School Principal Matt Hauptly and Bruce Larson with Larson Incitti Architects talked about the plans at the May 15 study session in council chambers. The plan, which they expect to complete in phases, includes renovations to the existing building area, exterior courtyard and site utility improvements and future athletic fields.

The plan is to build a new gym, add classrooms and expand the cafeteria and commons area.

“The school has been very successful, and this addition is not intended necessarily to accommodate a lot of growth,” Larson said. “It’s really to better serve the students in terms of the types of spaces the school has.”

Plans for future athletic fields and tennis courts are at a “very conceptual level,” he said, and they will return to council in the future to ask for a more detailed review of their proposal.

Holy Family High School, at 5195 W. 144th Ave., served 642 students for this school year, and is expected to have 685 next year.

Hauptly said the school is not building for growth, per say, but expects there to be some influx of students.

The plan calls for adding four more classrooms and turning the old weight room into a classroom, which all together can accommodate 125 more students.

In 1999, Holy Family High School moved from its Denver location to 144th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard to allow for much-needed expansion. The school serves students from Lakewood and Golden to Fort Collins and Greeley, and Boulder to Keenesburg.

Holy Family High School is situated on 52 acres of land.

The school has 22 classrooms, four science laboratories, a multimedia library, two computer labs, a wireless infrastructure, a mobile computer lab, cafeteria, commons area, chapel, gym, fitness room, theater, music room and a courtyard, according to its website. The campus includes fields for football, soccer, baseball and softball, and the St. Jude Track and Field complex.

The new weight room would be larger and safer for students, Larson said, and more gym space could mean freshman don’t have to practice at 6:30 a.m. or at 8 p.m.

An expanded cafeteria would similarly improve lunch periods.

Council members asked questions about traffic flow and allowing the city of Broomfield occasional use of field space.

Larson said their current plan does not address traffic, but that most schools experience 15 to 20-minute rush sessions each day.

There are four lanes currently on 144th Avenue and Deputy City and County Manger Kevin Standbridge said expanding roads west of Sheridan and east of Lowell may ease some traffic concerns. Broomfield officials also will be able to look at the whole corridor and adjust traffic signal timing.

“I think it’s a great project,” Ward 2 Councilwoman Elizabeth Law-Evans said. “I would not hold it up on traffic as long as you’re thinking about it.”

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