Construction at Glenwood Springs High School should finish up by summer |

Construction at Glenwood Springs High School should finish up by summer

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Construction at Glenwood Springs High School took another step toward completion as the kitchen staff began serving meals to students and staff in the new cafeteria on Thursday.

As exciting as the addition of the cafeteria is for the school ” especially after about 15 years without one ” GSHS principal Paul Freeman was merely content with the progress of the school.

“I’m taking the attitude that we’ve got a new gymnasium and a new kitchen, so we are in pretty good shape,” Freeman said.

Construction of the school was expected to be completed in January or February, but crews continue to work and Roaring Fork School District Superintendent Judy Haptonstall hopes to have it “wrapped up” sometime this summer.

“Parts were to be wrapped up in February and other parts are going to be completed by the end of the school year and could go into the summer,” Haptonstall said. “We’re good right now, it’s just a big project.”

FCI contractors had no comment on what holdups prevented the job from being completed earlier in the year, saying only that completion was “imminent.”

Yet to be completed is the commons area and main entrance on the north side of the building, the black box theater, the auditorium and the north side parking lot near the district offices.

But the cafeteria isn’t the only piece completed: The school opened its new gymnasium in mid-February to rave reviews.

“It was nice to have the gym done,” Freeman said. “It really gave a boost of morale to the students. But without having an auditorium, our magnificent theatrical tradition at the school has had a hiatus.”

Despite setbacks in construction, Freeman said, students haven’t slipped academically, with the education wing completed by the first day of school.

“When you have to move a high school 100 feet to the left, the overlaps of the old school create problems, and you end up with a difficult task,” Freeman said. “The important thing is that we hardly missed a beat in the academics department.”

But Freeman remains optimistic, and he looks forward to the day when the final piece of the puzzle is in place.

“We will go from having one auditorium where you would have noise from the gym intruding on the performance, to a school where we can have a basketball game in the gym, a performance in the auditorium and another event in the theater simultaneously,” Freeman said. “So when it’s done, we will be in tremendous shape.”

When complete, the $38.1-million project will add about 38,000 square feet of space and 4.5 acres of land.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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