Construction under way on county building
Garfield County’s new health and human services building took its first step out of the ground last week.The 24,000-square-foot, $2.4 million office is due to open in September, said county engineer and project manager Randy Withee. The building will sit in the spot Rifle’s baseball field recently occupied on Railroad Avenue, on the north end of the Garfield County Fairgrounds.In October, the Garfield County commissioners approved a $2,434,857 design-build contract with CMC Group, a contracting firm from Denver, to construct the building. The Department of Local Affairs awarded an Energy Impact Grant of $1 million to the county to cover construction of the building, Withee said.CMC Group also constructed the new road and bridge building south of the county airport in Rifle, Withee said.The last baseball game was played at Cooper Field on July 26. There is a new baseball field to replace Cooper Field at the Deerfield Park fields in north Rifle. The new building will replace the county building on Taughenbaugh Road in Rifle. The county’s insurance carrier requested that the health and human service offices be relocated after carbon monoxide was found in the old building’s heating units in December 2003. The one-level building will house the public health and social services department offices divided by a shared reception area with conference and training rooms, and public bathrooms, Withee said. A total of 88 parking spaces will be available, with additional overflow parking to the west for fairground events. The site is now being graded in preparation for foundation work, Withee said.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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