Downtown construction schedule delayed
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Construction on the new Glenwood Springs Library, public parking structure and related projects on Cooper Avenue will not begin the middle of April, as originally planned.
Project officials intended to break ground the week of April 16 on the $11.2 million library and shared Colorado Mountain College facility at Eighth and Cooper, and a new $4 million parking structure at Ninth and Cooper.
However, there are engineering issues related to the dual projects and questions from subcontractors that still need to be addressed before construction can start, said Scott Brown of ARC Integrated Program Management.
A new construction start date has not been set, but the delay should be just a few weeks, Brown said.
Brown is the owners’ representative overseeing the projects for the city of Glenwood Springs, the Downtown Development Authority, Colorado Mountain College and the Garfield County Public Library District.
“One of our goals is to try to do these projects concurrently to try to achieve some savings,” Brown said. For that reason, one construction project cannot start before the other.
“Right now, we have engineers responding to some of the questions from subcontractors,” he said. “We need to make sure we have time to address those.”
Project officials are also still firming up costs of design changes on the parking structure requested by City Council, Brown said. When the project was granted development approval, council asked for more historic design features.
Once construction begins, the city is requesting that downtown business employees park in areas not designated as two-hour parking zones. The city has a 90-space parking lot near School and 10th, and expects to reopen the public parking lot on Seventh Street west of the Garfield County Courthouse in early May.
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