Meadows bulldozing, 24 hours a day |

Meadows bulldozing, 24 hours a day

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson W/ GM STORY Scrapers stand in a line at the end of another day of construction at Glenwood Meadows Friday. Although workers ran into large rocks as they were scraping and bulldozing, the October 2005 deadline shall not be extended.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Earthmoving operations at Glenwood Meadows soon could switch into high gear. The contractor for the Meadows project, W.E. O’Neil Construction of Colorado, asked the city for permission to run its earthmoving crew 24 hours a day. The request was made because there are more large boulders beneath the surface than the company had originally anticipated.

Despite these newfound problems, Glenwood Meadows officials say the shopping center is still on track to open in October 2005. If the request is granted by the city, the earthmoving could be finished by early January. If the request is denied, the earthwork might not be completed until sometime in the spring.The announcement of problems at the site was made to City Council Thursday by Glenwood Springs city manager Jeff Hecksel. “There are conditions they hadn’t fully anticipated,” he said.

If earthmoving operations go 24 hours a day, the site will have to be lit up and there will be noise from machines, he said. But he noted that the lights would be pointed south – toward the base of Red Mountain. “We are still very interested in modifying the construction times of the operation to a 24-hour operation,” wrote Gary Truesdale, project executive for W.E. O’Neil Construction of Colorado. “If our earthwork subcontractor could work 24-hour days, they believe the construction schedule could be reduced by two months. … But until we start removing the rock and figure out what productivities will be experienced, we are not certain what the actual completion date will be.”Miller Weingarten Realty vice president Steven Shoflick said while the earthmoving delays could affect the sequencing of the project, the opening date should not change.”We are not off schedule at all,” Shoflick said. “We’re not planning on opening for another year. The sequencing will be different, but we don’t see the opening being changed at all.”

Glenwood Meadows is slated to have 490,000 square feet of total commercial and office space, along with 475 apartments, townhouses and single family homes. It will include retailers Target; Lowe’s; Bed, Bath and Beyond; PetCo; Gart Brothers Sporting Goods; and Pier 1 Imports.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext.

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