CMC Glenwood Center renovations nearing completion |

CMC Glenwood Center renovations nearing completion

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Renovations at the Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Springs Center on Blake Avenue are nearing completion. Facility renovations have been ongoing since about July 2005, according to Sam Skramstad, director of facilities.

“We are about 95 percent complete on the exterior,” Skramstad said. “We have to build a fence around the west side and there is still some landscaping to be done. But for the most part, we are just finishing it up.”The exterior of the building has seen a major facelift receiving new siding made of a concrete material that looks a lot like the old cedar siding. The facility also had most of the windows replaced with double-paned glass, with some removed and filled in, to help with the efficiency of the heating and cooling systems. The Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system was one of the major projects taken on in the past couple of years.”We basically have struggled for years to balance the HVAC system,” Skramstad said. “We have kind of done a three-year phase of upgrading and replacing that system.”The main reason for replacing the HVAC system was that the building was built with what Skramstad referred to as a “passive solar” heating system that worked better at heating the building with natural sunlight that was let into the building by all of the windows. However, that posed a problem in cooling the building, according to Skramstad.”The plan was to put in a more aggressive cooling system and reduce the amount of glazing or window area, to create a more energy-efficient building,” Skramstad said.

Skramstad said renovations have been so gradual that most people wouldn’t even notice that the building has changed much except for the fewer number of windows compared to just a few years ago.”There used to be a lot of glass in the building,” he said.Other interior upgrades include removing the large air ducts that were no longer needed, painting, and installing new flooring, furniture and a water feature; most of the classrooms have also received new furniture as well.All of the renovations were intended to create a warmer feel, making the building more comfortable for students, but were also done to bring the approximately 25-year-old building up to American with Disabilities Act codes. Upgrades to the fire access and evacuation points were upgraded to meet ADA accessibility guidelines, and the next phase will include upgrading the bathrooms on each floor to meet ADA requirements as well, according to Skramstad. “Many of the upgrades were driven by ADA requirements,” Skramstad said. “The bathrooms are the last of that cycle.”

The renovations have cost around $600,000 so far, and have been ongoing over the past few years as funding allowed.Skramstad expects the current renovations to be wrapped up in the next 30 days, then the bathrooms will be the next project that will be tackled. He hopes work on the bathrooms will be completed by spring of 2009.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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