Cactus Valley repair project on schedule, says Garfield Re-2 official |

Cactus Valley repair project on schedule, says Garfield Re-2 official

Cactus Valley Elementary School in Silt.
Ray K. Erku/Post Independent

Construction crews have completed razing and grading first-floor kitchen, bathroom and electrical room areas at Cactus Valley Elementary School in Silt, an official said.

“I couldn’t break it with a sledgehammer,” Garfield Re-2 Director of Facilities John Oldham said of the completed slab. “It’s harder than concrete.”

Further grading activities at Cactus Valley, originally constructed in 2017 for $16.5 million, began Monday, Oldham told the Garfield Re-2 board on June 8.

The school encountered slab settlement issues and needed to install new flooring on the first and second floors. The grading project, awarded to FCI Constructors Inc. of Grand Junction in 2021, is projected to cost $5.65 million. Part of that cost is covered by about a $2.15 million grant through the Colorado Department of Education.

Oldham said painting and lighting work is also now complete at the Cactus Valley gym. The gym will be graded in July, Oldham said.

Construction is slated for completion by Aug. 15, Oldham said.

“FCI has done a fantastic job,” he said. “They have not missed a beat yet.”

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