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Vega Collegiate Academy - Aurora, Colorado

Unified Building Group, LLC

Posted: July 26, 2023 | Projects

Vega Collegiate Academy is a charter school facility in Aurora, Colorado, that provides excellent educational opportunities for a diverse range of economically disadvantaged students. 

Photograph courtesy of Matt Abraxas, New Focus Films

Vega outgrew their leased church space but still wanted to provide a quality educational option in the local underserved community. After looking at multiple locations they landed on the old manufacturing facility for Eagle Claw Fish Hooks. 

Unified Building Group worked with the architect, the city of Aurora and the state of Colorado to redevelop the existing building and revitalize the corner of 14th and Yosemite. 

The main focus was to create a stimulating space conducive to engaging the children’s imagination and excitement for learning with the goal of securing a successful future for every child in the community. 

The extensive scope started with demolishing an existing storage building in the future parking lot, and took the entire building structure back to its shell. 

Scheduling was a huge challenge given the scope of the project and the time constraints for the building to be open to welcome students at the beginning of the school year. 

Asbestos abatement had to be completed before the new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems went in. A new fire suppression & alarm system was designed and installed. An elevator was retrofitted into an existing shaft. 

Unified Building Group really enjoyed working on this project having been active in the construction of education facilities for over 25 years in Florida and Colorado. When building all types of facilities, particularly schools, they are especially aware of the need for safely delivering a fast turnaround without compromise in quality, efficiency or cost.

General Contractor & Cost Estimator
Unified Building Group, LLC
510 Compton Street, Suite 101, Broomfield, CO 80020

David Budrow Architects LLC
8200 S. Quebec Street
Centennial, CO 80112

Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
JCAA Consulting Engineers LLC
4100 Wadsworth Boulevard
Wheatridge, CO 80033

Location: Aurora, Colorado
Date Bid: Oct 2020
Construction Period: Nov 2020 to Jul 2022
Site 1.86 acres.
Total Square Feet: 64,800
Building Sizes: Basement, 21,600; first floor, 21,600; second floor, 21,600; total, 64,800 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 10’; second floor, 8’; total, 36’ 4”.
Number of Buildings: One; Classrooms, 20; Seating Capacity, 651.
Basic Construction Type: Tenant Improvement.
Foundation: Cast-in-place.
Exterior Walls: Brick. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the July/August 2023 issue of DCD