County building to cost $2.4 million |

County building to cost $2.4 million

If all goes according to plan, by July 2005, Garfield County’s new human services building in Rifle will sit in the spot now occupied by Rifle’s newly retired baseball field.Garfield County commissioners unanimously approved spending $2,434,857 for a design-build contract with CMC Group, a contracting firm from Denver, to construct Rifle’s new county services building. The building will be located on Railroad Avenue, next to the Garfield County Fairgrounds. The last baseball game was played at Cooper Field on July 26. A new baseball field to replace Cooper Field is being built at the Deerfield Park fields in north Rifle. The new building will replace the county’s building located 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 last December. The new building is a one-level structure totaling more than 23,000 square feet. A shared reception area will break off into almost 12,000 square feet of social service offices on the south side of the building and nearly 7,000 square feet of health service space to the north. A total of 88 parking spaces will be provided, with additional overflow parking to the west for Garfield County Fairgrounds’ events. Besides the baseball field, minor structures such as the dugout and the north side of the fairground’s existing horse race track will be removed to make way for the building. The track will be reduced to an exercise track that will encircle the fairgrounds’ arena and stalls to the south. Randy Look of CMC, and Leon Hurley of Rhadius, an architectural corporation also based in Denver, pointed out the building’s green building features to commissioners, including energy-efficient windows and skylights in place of lighting fixtures in some portions of the building. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext.

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