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2022 Annual
CASB Conference

Welcome to the 82nd Annual Convention!



JHL Constructors is a Colorado company, with over 35 years in business. JHL is 100% employee-owned and operated with one office location in Centennial, Colorado. Our project experience ranges from small interior renovations and tenant improvements to large ground-up projects. The core focus of JHL’s business is building schools.

It is what we do best and is stated very clearly in our mission of ‘Building Colorado’s Future’, which speaks to our passion for creating the highest quality buildings and learning environments for students. Working with our team, you can be assured that you are working with the best school builders in Colorado. We provide top quality construction and preconstruction services, including; conceptual cost modeling, value engineering, construction management/general contractor services, and design/build services.

K-12 Education Projects in Colorado
BEST Grant Projects
In K-12 Education Projects
Colorado School Districts

Key Personnel

Brad Schmahl

Business Development Manager

Mario Cappella

Vice President

James Torres

Sr. Project Manager

BEST Grant Professionals

JHL has been committed to the BEST Program since its inception in 2008. Since then, we have helped 15 schools with BEST Grant Funding, have completed $200M+ in BEST Grant projects in the past ten years, and have assisted in numerous master plans/grant applications. Through this experience, we understand the budget and schedule challenges inherent in every BEST project. We have the knowledge and experience to deliver a project on time and within the fixed budget.


Julesburg PK-12 Replacement School

Julesburg, CO

This 80,000 square foot Design-Build project will include a new athletic complex, comprised of a football field with lighting, track, bleachers, press box, and practice field. The site will also include parking lots to support the daily needs along with additional parking for athletics and other after hours activities. New playgrounds will also be constructed to support primary and secondary students. Following completion of the new facility, abatement and demolition of the existing school sites will begin. This project is BEST funded and will be built to CO-CHPS Leader Certifications.


Mapleton Public Schools

Thornton + Denver, CO

On the heels of a successful MLO this past November. Work we are supporting the district for a potential 2023 BEST Grant Project Submission and future plans for early childhood expansion at the Explore Campus.


Boulder, CO

This 34,000 square foot central kitchen features a loading dock with a fresh food processing area for deliveries from local farms, three food prep areas, over 7,000 square feet of dry, refrigerated, and frozen food storage, a blast chill area, and administrative spaces. An on site café serves scratch-cooked, locally sourced meals to the public and campus staff. The facility accommodates the ‘No Student Hungry’ bag program with a dedicated area for bag assembly, as well as conference space to host nutrition education and food literacy classes. Future plans include a teaching kitchen for cooking classes, special events, and seminars. The Education Center portion of the project includes demolition of the east wing, a new two-story structure, and complete renovation of the remainder of the facility.

27J Schools

Commerce City + Thornton, CO

This 66,800 SF prototype school was a phased project that includes classrooms and shared workspaces, common school amenities, art and music rooms, and a gymnasium. The school also has multiple playgrounds and a synthetic turf field.

This school is a prototype of the existing Reunion, Padilla and Southlawn Elementary Schools. Sitework includes site development, mass excavation, site export, utilities, hardscapes, landscaping and playgrounds. Interior program will include classrooms, gymnasium, art rooms, library, maker space, special education rooms, administrative space, music room and platform. Scope will be modified from the three previous prototypes to include a K-8.

Cherry Creek School District

Englewood, CO

This two-story L-shaped building is designed to provide several direct connections to outdoor spaces on both floors. The building embodies a modern aesthetic and offers clean lines and strong forms integrated across the 82,000 SF. Inside, there are multiple direct connections to the outdoors ensuring bright learning opportunities in cluster  classrooms, a maker-space, art room, library, a gym-a-torium that blends a performance stage and competitive-sized basketball court. The building also incorporates health and wellness considerations put in place by COVID safety protocols such as wider hallways, hand-washing stations, and optimized air circulation.

This 117,000 square foot career-focused campus includes of a variety of learning environments and social spaces from traditional classrooms for instruction, to more intense labs and industry-specific spaces that support real-world training or trade certification programs. The campus supports different pathways for students to explore potential careers or college degrees, including advanced manufacturing, business services, culinary/hospitality, health services, infrastructure engineering, IT/STEAM, and transportation.

Highlands P8

Aurora, CO

This new P8 school will be two-stories constructed with on spread footings and a crawlspace on slab on grade. The school is constructed under the 2015 IBC and is construction Type II-B. The total finished square footage is approximately 105,000 SF. The school will consist of preschool through 8th-grade students and staff.


St. Vrain Valley School District

Erie + Niwot + Longmont, CO

This new 68,000 square foot elementary school features an architectural character honoring the history of the area; mining, agriculture, and prairie landscape. Classroom pods include large garage doors and operable partitions for flexibility. The site includes an outdoor classroom, outdoor science hub, and a nature walk trail.

This project included a 50,000 SF renovation of the existing building to improve efficiency and provide four additional classrooms within the existing, operational school. Structural demolition and modifications allowed for construction of a new “learning stair”,which links the commons area on the main level to the lower level library. The existing counseling suite was removed and reconstructed in a new location to allow for construction of the new stair and elevator. The special needs suite was relocated in the building to a more centralized location to promote an inclusive learning environment for all students. Existing tennis courts were replaced with a new eight court-post tensioned tennis court system and the front entry of the school was modified to improve branding and provide a clear identity for the main entrance to the building.

These existing sod fields were replaced with new artificial turf that included rerouting of the existing irrigation, demo and grading, under-field drainage system, concrete perimeter curbing, and new turf surfacing.

Thompson CTE / Ferguson High School

Loveland, CO

This project included the conversion of the existing 1967 Van Buren Elementary building to accommodate Ferguson High School and a new career in technical education program. Scope included a 35,000 square foot renovation and a 25,000 square foot addition.