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Foundation repair not just a cosmetic fix

Post Independent Photo/Kelley CoxTom Fritz, with Martinez Western Constructors, works on the foundation of the new Glenwood Springs fire station Wednesday.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS The builders of a fire station downtown believe they will meet the July completion deadline in spite of spending a month rebuilding part of the foundation.The $1.4 million fire station, funded by property taxes from the city and surrounding rural fire district, is being built at 8th and Cooper, on the site of the old City Hall and fire station.Contractors were forced to tear out the west wall of the foundation after they realized it was sitting an inch off of where it was supposed to be.They also discovered that crews had improperly placed some of the foundation anchor bolts.The best choice for the project was to remove and replace, said Greg Fogle, division vice president of Key Construction of Denver, the general contractor on the job.The whole thing was a headache, said Danny Martinez, co-owner of Martinez Western Constructors of Rifle, the subcontractor that has been handling the foundation work.But he believes the foundation work is now back on track.Everything is in good shape right now; it looks good, he said.Pat Seydel, the citys project representative, said crews initially tried to simply repair the foundation when faults were found, but later decided the west wall needed to be rebuilt.Martinez said he determined the rest of the building couldnt be altered to accommodate the misplaced wall.You dont try to make something bad good, he said.Martinez said his companys cost in redoing the work may total about $5,000. Fogle said Keys extra costs could run anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000 due to accelerating the scheduling of subcontractors to keep the project on time. He expects Key will seek to have Martinez assume some of those costs.Seydel said of the contractors, You have to give them credit that they are doing it right, because it wouldnt have worked the other way.Hes glad the city didnt have to go to court.Said Fogle, We just want to make it right.

Keeping the project on schedule is Key Constructions responsibility, Seydel said.They need to work to try to get back to schedule. Theyre doing what they can. Theyre still hopeful that they can keep it on schedule.I think its still feasible, but they lost some cushion time, and they always have that figured in. Theres always delays, but they usually dont want it to be due to something like this.Seydel said the contract doesnt include any financial penalties if the July completion doesnt occur.When they go over that time, it eats into their profits, so thats their penalty; its automatically built in.Glenwood fire crews are currently responding to calls from stations on Mel Ray Road in West Glenwood and on Four Mile Road in the southern part of town. Fire Chief Mike Piper said a lot of the departments calls come from downtown locations such as the Hot Springs Pool, so response times are slower than they will be once the new station opens.We certainly would like to get back into the downtown corridor as quickly as we can, he said.

Martinez said problems arose from difficulties in surveying the slightly sloping lot, and a one-inch discrepancy in the plan layout. He said his company and Key Construction probably should have clarified things sooner with project architects and engineers, but was trying to build the foundation quickly.Martinez said the employee he had overseeing the job tried to fix problems on his own, rather than stopping work and consulting him.He also wishes that the Key Construction project manager had noticed the problems earlier, but said hes not trying to pass the buck.We didnt argue the issue, he said.Despite the problems, Fogle called Martinez a very solid partner in the project.



Meanwhile, responding to a concern raised by someone who works downtown, Seydel confirmed that the fire station will result in the narrowing of Cooper Avenue, on the buildings west side. The building itself wont infringe onto the street, but a sidewalk will, resulting in the loss of about five parking spaces, he said.Jim Ellis of New Castle, a network and system technician for Aspen Research, raised questions about the lost parking spaces in a recent letter to the editor in the Post Independent.But Seydel said the infringement on Cooper was approved by the city Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council during their reviews of the fire station plan.I guess Im not understanding why theres a question on that. Its a little late to be asking that question. That should have been done at P&Z time, Seydel said.Piper said in the long term, the fire station design actually will allow for more parking. It is intended to eventually accommodate a municipal parking structure on the same lot.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. 516dwebb@postindependent.com


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