Billie Martinez Elementary and Jefferson High and CTE Center among District 6 building projects to open in 2023

In the coming year, Greeley-Evans School District 6 will open additional new and renovated buildings as part of its $395 million bond package approved by voters in 2019.

Two of those projects will be renovation and an addition at Billie Martinez Elementary School on 14th Avenue, and the relocation of Jefferson High School to 14th Avenue and 2nd Street along with the development of the career and technical education center (CTE Center) at the same site.

The work on both projects is being done at a cost of approximately $27.5 million by Greeley’s Roche Constructors, Inc., according to the company. Construction is expected to be finished in time for the start of the 2023-24 school year in August.

Roche president Thomas J. Roche this week released photos on the progress of the buildings.

An overhead look from a drone photo at the late December 2022 construction at Billie Martinez Elementary School on 14th Avenue in Greeley. The work is being done as part of the Greeley-Evans School District’s $395 million bond package approved by school district voters in 2019. (Courtesy/Roche Constructors, Inc.).

The Martinez renovation and addition of 12,600 square feet will allow increased student capacity to 650 students from 395 and eliminate modular classroom space, according to information from Roche Contractors.

The company said the addition will be completed by the end of March. Electrical work and the installation of a boiler, water heater, generator and new fire alarm devices will take place over the summer.

Construction of the CTE Center will form a complex with Jefferson High, which will relocate to a new two-story structure on site. Jefferson High currently accommodates approximately 250 students in a building on 4th Avenue designated as an elementary school. The building was previously known for decades as Jefferson Elementary.

The structural steel will be completed by the middle of January on the CTE Center/Jefferson High project, according to Roche. Placement of concrete flooring will also be complete around the middle of the month.

The school district is renovating a former Colorado Department of Transportation garage to host three career and technical education pathway programs: construction-electrical, welding and cosmetology.

Jefferson High will be the home to three other pathways: teacher cadet, early childhood education and information technology-cybersecurity.

There will be space for 150 students in the six pathway programs, according to the school district.

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