Work at Steamboat’s Colorado Mountain College is under way
Campus official will write blog posts updating community on progress
May 25, 2011
CMC’s construction blog
Visit Colorado Mountain College’s blog updating the progress of the new administrative and classroom building on CMC's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs — Colorado Mountain College officials think they have created an easy way to keep the public informed during the construction of its new administrative and classroom building on the Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.
The college has created a blog to provide updates about progress of the project to build a $20 million geoexchange facility. Preliminary work on the new building began this week.
"I've done this before at other universities, but CMC has never done this before," campus CEO Peter Perhac said about a blog he kept during a project at Touro University-California in Vallejo, Calif. "It's a practical way to keep people informed. And it worked well at the last university I worked at."
Perhac will be updating the blog, which can be found here. It's interactive, allowing people to leave feedback or ask questions. And the page also includes a link to building plans.
He said it will let him give advance notice to area residents before concrete and steel trucks start making trips at night to the campus.
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"That's my intent with the blog, to alert people early enough to what we're doing," he said.
Perhac said CMC asked its neighbors if they wanted to receive the blog posts by email. He said anyone can be added to that list by emailing his assistant, Denise Roach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
He said the next update could come this afternoon after a construction meeting.
The college broke ground this week and started preliminary site work, Perhac said. He said crews are preparing Monson Hall for demolition, which first requires asbestos abatement and other approvals. He said the asbestos, which wasn't a health concern previously because it was enclosed, is scheduled for removal next week.
After demolition of Monson Hall, Perhac said construction of the 60,000-square-foot building will begin.
Perhac said expansion of the Crawford Avenue spur, the required secondary access to the campus, was delayed until spring 2012. He said completion of the building is expected in July 2012 with occupation the following fall.
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