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Cost to replace child care center at Howelsen jumps to $543K

City officials say the current Igloo is outdated and needs to be replaced.

— The city of Steamboat Springs on Tuesday will ask City Council to dip into a capital reserve fund, so the city can replace a 31-year-old child care facility at Howelsen Park that officials fear has become a liability.

Community Services Director John Overstreet said the cost to build a new Igloo is $543,000, which is $202,865 more than the city anticipated it would be in 2014.

The much higher price tag for a new modular building stems from a number of additional costs.

According to city staff, the price tag on the new modular that will replace the Igloo has increased by $40,000.

Other extra costs include $32,000 to meet flood plain requirements, $40,000 to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, $34,000 for more of a contingency cushion and $20,000 for added costs from earth work, interior design and requirements to allow the new Igloo to be placed next to Howelsen Ice Arena.

Council already has approved $340,000 to construct the new Igloo, but it would need to approve using reserves to keep the project on track this year.

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The new Igloo would allow the city to serve more children at the child care center in a new modular.

According to staff, the current Igloo is showing signs of age and has a host of issues, including a rodent problem that requires mitigation from an outside contractor.

Originally a warming hut and office for the outdoor ice arena, the Igloo in 2002 became a temporary home for youth programs.

The Igloo is currently licensed to hold programming for as many as 15 children at a time, age 2 1/2 to 6.

The new modular would bring several changes and benefits to the programming, including computer and internet access and aesthetics geared toward multiple age groups instead of the current design geared toward preschoolers.

A new Igloo would also include more storage space, office space and restrooms.

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