Jeffco Public Schools broke ground Thursday on the district's first new construction project in a decade, a $25 million K-8 school in Arvada.

The Jefferson County district is the second-largest school system in the state, after Denver Public Schools.

The school, which is being designed by Denver architecture firm Hord Coplan Macht (formerly SlaterPaull Architects), will be called Candelas Elementary, named for Candelas, a growing, master-planned community in Arvada near Welton Reservoir.

Candelas has residential homes, recreation centers, community gardens, 13.5 miles of trails and 193 acres of open space.

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