Colorado Mountain College construction soldiers on in Steamboat
Crews work to button up and close in new building
December 19, 2011
Steamboat Springs — The crews who are installing steel beams on the Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus' new academic center this week now have three stories to walk on.
Alpine Campus Chief Executive Officer Peter Perhac said Monday that the workers are currently framing and building up the walls of the building so work can continue inside during the winter.
"I'm always in awe of how big this building is," Perhac said outside the construction site that has become more developed since steel was added to it last month. "You can now see it from (U.S. Highway) 40."
Perhac said the project remains on schedule, with the 60,000-square-foot building and its accompanying auditorium expected to open in July. He added that while CMC staff will be off for the holidays Thursday through Jan. 2, construction crews will remain on campus to install the rest of the building's steel frame and work on the interior.
As a crane transported steel beams from one end of the site to the other Monday, a number of workers were reinforcing what will become the floor of the campus' culinary arts center on the third floor of the new building. Last week, two cranes lowered four air handler units weighing 25,000 pounds each into the building's maintenance room.
Brian Hoza, dean of student affairs at the Alpine Campus, said he estimates there are nearly 100 workers on site as the project enters a new phase.
"They are expected to start adding brick and stone to the building around the first week of February," Hoza said.
Kevin Williams, library director for the Alpine Campus, said the project has come a long way.
"It wasn't too long ago it was a pile of dirt out there," he said from the library in Bristol Hall that overlooks the new building. "I've never been able to watch something of this scale go up."
A webcam tracking the progress of the Alpine Campus' new academic building can be viewed at http://projects.a-p.com/cmc/.
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