$9M of city projects planned this summer

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— The city is spending more than $9 million on projects this summer, making it one of Steamboat Springs' busiest construction seasons in years.

The two largest projects planned are the construction of the $3.9 million Haymaker golf clubhouse and the $2.2 million tennis center. The city also is doing smaller projects such as expanding the public works building, repaving the north apron at the Steamboat Springs Airport and remodeling the Depot Art Center.

"We are doing more capital projects than we have done in a really long time," Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said.

City Manager Paul Hughes said the increase in projects is in line with the City Council's goal in the past few years of spending at least 15 percent of its budget on capital expenses.

"We haven't been able to do that until recently," Hughes said, noting the policy will allow the city to do more capital projects in the future.

Work on the Haymaker Golf Course clubhouse started April 6 and is slated to be complete by April 6 of next year. The general contractor for the project is Fort Collins-based Drahota Construction.

The $3.9 million clubhouse will be 14,000-square-feet and replace a modular trailer that now houses the pro shop and a bar and grill. The trailer will be moved off site once the golf clubhouse is completed.

The next largest project on the city's docket is the replacement of the tennis bubble. The $2.2 million project will replace the existing tennis bubble, which is kept up by air, with a frame structure that has a fabric outer layer.

The city already secured the contractor for the material to replace the bubble, but still has to solicit bids for the actual construction work. The city hopes to have the frame and fabric structure installed in July and have the remodel finished before the winter.

The tennis facility improvements also will include two new tennis courts, a wheelchair-accessible bathroom, viewing area, offices, meeting room and additional storage. Installing new heating, lighting and insulation is also part of the project.

The city also started work on a $1.3 million project to expand the public works building on 13th Street. Plans are to enlarge the building by 6,000 square feet, which would allow for five new storage bays for housing public works equipment and the expansion of administrative offices.

Work started on the building May 23 and should be finished by the end of the year. The city received a $500,000 Energy Impact and Mineral Assistance grant to help fund the expansion.

The city has housed its public works equipment in the same building since the 1980s, DuBord said, and the expansion would allow the city to keep its equipment inside when maintenance is being done.

Repaving the north apron of the Steamboat Springs Airport will be around a $900,000 project this summer. The Federal Aviation Administration is funding 90 percent of the improvements.

The construction has been awarded to Connell Resources and is expected to start May 31 and be finished by the first week of August. The work will not require closure of the airport's runway. The north ramp is a parking area and provides access to the runway.

The pavement for the north apron has been in bad shape for a number of years, DuBord said.

The city also received a grant to revamp the Depot. A $150,000 grant from the Colorado State Historical Fund will allow the city to repair the center's roof, restore windows and repair the motor and brick.

Fox Construction is expected to start work on the building in mid-June.

Fox Construction also is finishing up the renovations to the public safety building on Eighth Street. The project started last summer, but $275,000 worth of renovations is left.

Along with the big-ticket items, the city has other smaller construction projects occurring this summer. It plans to put in a sidewalk near the Mountain Fire Station and improve the intersection at U.S. Highway 40 and Pine Grove Road. A unisex changing room is scheduled to go in at West Lincoln Park. Also, the city is continuing to place utility lines underground in the downtown area.

The many different construction projects will cause delays or other minor inconveniences for some people, DuBord said. She urged anyone with problems to call her at 871-4219.

"It is great to get lots of new facilities, but it could also be an inconvenience for some folks," DuBord said.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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