BLM opening Silt office
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled to move its existing offices from Glenwood Springs to a new location in Silt beginning in September.
The move will occur during the week of Sept. 1, at which time the two BLM Glenwood Springs offices will close for good. BLM officials expect to have the Silt office open for business by Sept. 8, and it will not be open during the move.
“We ask for the public’s patience during our move,” said Glenwood Springs Field Manager Steve Bennett. “We’ll be in the process of moving and will not be open for business between September 1 and 8.”
The new Silt office is located at 2300 River Frontage Road, on the south side of Interstate 70 and east of the Silt exit. The new phone number is (970) 876-9000.
The new office is a consolidation of the two Glenwood offices.
“We simply had outgrown our space in Glenwood,” Bennett said. “The property in Silt was the most economical option that met our needs.”
The BLM has had a Glenwood Springs office for close to three decades, according to Bennett.
The Bureau manages 567,000 surface acres and 755,000 acres of sub-surface minerals in Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, Rio Blanco and Routt counties.
The BLM began looking for a new location in 2007 in anticipation of its two current building leases expiring. The 2005 Energy Policy Act created a “pilot energy office” in Glenwood Springs to oversee increasing oil and gas development, which nearly doubled the staff in Glenwood and necessitated a second location.
The Energy Office includes BLM, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees, who will all work in Silt with the other field office employees.
When fully completed, the new facility will include a wide variety of green and energy-efficient features including water efficient landscaping and plumbing, energy efficient heating and cooling, paint and carpet minimizing organic volatile compounds, and construction to optimize passive solar heating. The bureau will seek a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation after the first year of use.
The BLM will lease the building that was specifically built for its needs. It will host a public open house in the fall, inviting the public for an opportunity to tour the new facility.
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