Photo by John F. Russell
Becky Slamal, program manager for Partners in Routt County, works in her office in Colorado Mountain College’s Bogue Hall. Partners is one of about 10 tenants still operating in the Bogue Enterprise Center, which is moving to the planned classroom and administration building on the Alpine Campus. Because it’s moving to a smaller space, many of the existing tenants will have to relocate by summer.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Steamboat Springs Seth Wilson said his business has matured from one operated out of his home to one ready to move from the Bogue Enterprise Center into the community, even if it’s a little sooner than he planned.
Wilson Roofing Designs is among about 10 tenants left at the Enterprise Center, which provides resources, including Yampa Valley SCORE, for startup businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Bogue Hall is on Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.
Many of those tenants will have to find new locations in the next year when Bogue Hall is replaced by a planned 60,000-square-foot classroom and administration building on the college’s campus off Bob Adams Drive.
Randy Rudasics, the Enterprise Center’s manager, said the tenants would be allowed to stay at Bogue Hall until summer. At that time, the Enterprise Center will move into the new building. He said some other tenants could move to the new building.
Rudasics said the Enterprise Center’s new space would be much smaller, about 1,500 square feet compared with 7,000 or 8,000 square feet at Bogue Hall.
He said there would be room for seven to 10 businesses and organizations, a significant reduction from the 30 small offices in Bogue Hall.
But Rudasics said the new space would operate more like a traditional business incubator, the intention of the Enterprise Center.
“We’ll be looking for new businesses, new nonprofits, that might need a bit of a hand before going out into the cold, cruel world,” he said.
Some tenants, such as Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, already have left. Executive Director Gretchen Van De Carr said the Youth Corps moved in January to a house at 1705 13th St.
Others still are trying to figure out what to do, such as Partners in Routt County. Executive Director Libby Foster said Partners, the last tenant on the second floor at Bogue, hasn’t finalized its plans.
The second floor is being converted into classrooms and academic offices to replace those currently at Monson Hall. Monson is scheduled for demolition May 15.
Alpine Campus President Peter Perhac said staging for the new building, including bringing in fencing and equipment, is scheduled for April 15, unless it snows. He said groundbreaking is scheduled for June 1 with completion anticipated by July 2012.
Wilson said he didn’t expect to have to move out of the Enterprise Center within the next year, but he said his 3-year-old roofing business is ready.
“We’re going to have to move out and get established somewhere else,” he said. “This has been a wonderful opportunity. The SCORE program is incredible, and there are resources here that I think are phenomenal for helping businesses in this community.”
— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com