Pinnacle Charter School in Thornton Purchases 11.4 Acres for New Athletic Facilities

Thornton Charter School Purchases Land With Vision of Development Into Community-Use Property

Pinnacle Charter School in Thornton, Colorado has completed the purchase of 11.4 acres of land just west of I-25 & 84th Avenue, between the Appliance Factory at 321 W. 84th Avenue in Thornton, and the RTD Park & Ride at 8700 Grant Street. The school has purchased the property to develop new athletic facilities for the school, as well as mixed-use community property for all of Thornton.

“We are very excited to build this vision we have for our school with the inclusion and input of the Thornton and Federal Heights community,” says Pinnacle Charter School CEO, Chad Miller. “While we are set on creating an athletic field for our students, we are also welcoming ideas from the neighbors and community members who will also be able to use this property.”

Pinnacle has partnered with JHL Constructors and architecture firm, Hord Coplan Macht, to build out this vision and create a beautiful property that will be accessible and useable for residents all ages. Anser Advisory is acting as Owners’ Representative for the project.

“We are also working very closely with the City of Thornton and Adams County on this project,” says Miller. “Thornton is well-known as a city that embraces open space, parks and recreation for its residents, and we want to honor that commitment to an active lifestyle. Some ideas we are working with include playgrounds, workout stations, and trails for enjoyment by everyone in the community.”

“We are so excited as a city to be a part of creating something so meaningful for the community, and an area that will be open to everyone,” says City Councilwoman and Ward One representative, Jacque Phillips. “I am looking forward to engaging with the community as plans for the community-use space take shape and working with the neighbors to ensure it is a place they enjoy and can use as often as they like.”

Pinnacle plans to begin construction later this summer, and the facility is planned to deliver in the spring of 2021.

“What an exciting project to be a part of,” says JHL’s Executive Vice President, Brad Schmahl. “We’re thrilled to partner with Pinnacle to deliver an awesome athletic facility for them that also has an impact on the surrounding communities; especially in such a high-profile location, being able to be seen right from I-25.”

The involvement of Hord Coplan Macht as the architect and landscape architect will also bring a unique aspect to the project, as the firm specializes in K-12 building and site design.

“We are excited about the opportunity to design additional indoor and outdoor spaces for Pinnacle Charter School and for the community,” says Adele Willson, principal at Hord Coplan Macht.

The purchase of the land is complete and planning is underway, with more information slated to be shared this spring.

“We have a very experienced design and construction team with Hord Coplan Macht and JHL and are excited to be involved in the creative process with the Pinnacle team,” says Anser Advisory representative, Kurt Connolly. “The fieldhouse and turf field will be tremendous assets to the community and a feather in Pinnacle’s cap.”

The collaboration among all parties will continue throughout the project, and will incorporate community feedback, as well as the expertise of all involved.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to collaborate with this amazing team and incorporate the community in a way that will create a fantastic place that serves the school and the community,” says Miller. “We want to thank everyone who has helped us with the process so far, and we look forward to a successful build-out in the coming months.”

To speak directly with a representative of Pinnacle Charter School, please contact Niki Lopez at 303.949.1876 or

About Pinnacle Charter School
Pinnacle Charter School has served the community for more than 20 years. Authorized by the Colorado Charter School Institute, the Pinnacle is a K-12 school supporting more than 2,000 students in achieving excellence in all aspects of their lives. The K-8 building is located at 1001 W. 84th Ave., Federal Heights, CO. The high school is located at 8412 Huron Street, Thornton, CO. For more information visit

About JHL Constructors
JHL Constructors is an employee-owned Colorado company with over 32 years in business. JHL has a distinct passion for building educational facilities, but their diverse portfolio also includes higher education, healthcare, multi-family and senior living, office, municipal and recreational facilities. JHL prides itself on delivering exceptional experiences with enduring relationships and doing the right thing, above all else, in everything that they do.

About Hord Coplan Macht
Hord Coplan Macht is an architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design firm. Specializing in education, healthcare, mixed-use, parks, office and institutional facilities, the firm has offices in Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; DC Metro; and Denver, CO.

About Anser Advisory
Anser Advisory is a national construction project advisory firm offering solutions to public and private sector clients implementing capital projects and programs. We operate with a singular purpose: successfully guiding programs and projects from concept to completion. At the intersection of thoughtful analysis and creative innovation, we identify and solve the toughest challenges our clients face.

About City of Thornton
Thornton is a diverse community with a strong commitment to quality of life and environmental issues. The Denver metropolitan area in which Thornton is located consistently ranks as one of the most desirable areas to live in the United States. The community’s location, 10 miles north of downtown Denver and adjacent to Interstate 25, provides high visibility for business while still allowing easy access to various transportation routes. Thornton has aggressively pursued recreation programs with nearly 1,000 acres of land developed or designated for public parks. The numerous lighted tennis courts, athletic fields, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, recreation centers and gymnasiums offer recreation opportunities for people of all ages and activity levels. Thornton’s location provides an ideal environment for business, recreation, and residences.