Construction crews continue to work on a new 60,000-square-foot building Monday morning. The building will become the centerpiece of the Colorado Mountain College campus when it is completed in July.

Photo by John F. Russell

Construction crews continue to work on a new 60,000-square-foot building Monday morning. The building will become the centerpiece of the Colorado Mountain College campus when it is completed in July.

CMC Alpine Campus construction on schedule

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A webcam tracking the progress of the Alpine Campus’ new academic building can be viewed here.

— Construction on the 60,000- square-foot academic facility that will become the new centerpiece of Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus continues to move at a steady pace, administrators announced this week.

Fundraising for an auditorium, which has been proposed to be part of the new facility, also is approaching a milestone.

CMC foundation President Matt Spencer, who is overseeing fundraising efforts for the facility, said Wednesday that the foundation has raised nearly $1.3 million of a $1.5 million goal for the auditorium two weeks before an Oct. 15 deadline. On that day, the foundation will determine whether it is financially viable to begin construction on the auditorium.

“I’d say we’re on about the 5-yard line, but we don’t always score from there,” Spencer said about the fundraising efforts.

He said the foundation has received a pair of $250,000 donations from two families with connections to Steamboat in addition to the $500,000 CMC put toward the auditorium from funds from Arthur E. Anderson, a Steamboat Springs man who left $1.7 million to local charities after his death in 2000.

Spencer said most other donations consist of $10,000 to $50,000 contributions from individuals and philanthropic organizations.

“For the next few weeks, we’re continuing to put the pedal to the metal,” Spencer said.

Meanwhile, workers at the Alpine Campus this week are busy finishing the building’s geoexchange field, which will use temperature differentials in soil underneath the building to heat and cool the interior.

CMC spokeswoman Debra Crawford said Wednesday that steel is expected to go up on the building in early November, with a steel frame in place by mid-December.

The structure will be tented before snow begins to fall so that construction can continue throughout the winter, she said.

“They’ve been double teaming it out there to get the building closed up before snow falls,” CMC Alpine Campus Chief Executive Officer Peter Perhac said last week.

Perhac said the building’s construction is on schedule, with classes expected to begin in the new facility in fall 2012.

— To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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