Re-1 set to move on master plan
The Roaring Fork Re-1 School District has refined its master plan for renovation and construction since voters approved $86 million in bonding authority in last month’s general election.The plan will affect every school in the district.Key to jump-starting the process in January will be hiring an owner’s representative to oversee the project, Re-1 superintendent Fred Wall said. The renovation and construction process is expected to begin in 2005 and finish up in 2007.”We’ve interviewed two firms, John Strickland of Glenwood Springs and Architectural Resources Consulting of Boulder,” Wall said.A selection will be made in the next couple weeks. At that point the owner’s representative will prepare requests for proposals, inviting firms to bid on every facet of the process from design to construction.”An owner’s rep acts on behalf of the district and ensures that specifications are carried through. They will be our eyes and ears,” Wall said.It remains up to the district staff to prepare the way for the project.”If we can get everything ready for the RFPs before Christmas break, I think we can stay on the schedule,” he said.Here’s what’s in store for the schools:BasaltBasalt Elementary School: One of the oldest schools in the district, at 66 years, Basalt Elementary will see the demolition of older parts of the school. Approximately 39,000 square feet of space will be added, increasing the size of the school to 78,000 square feet, giving it a student capacity of 542, up from 505. The parking area, building entrances and play areas will also be renovated. The total estimated cost of work at Basalt Elementary is $9.1 million.Basalt Middle School will have a $1.8 million makeover. The 29-year-old school will expand 2,775 square feet in the music room, computer lab and media center, and the bleachers in the athletic field will be replaced.Basalt High School, which was built eight years ago, will increase in student capacity from 403 to 535, with 13,500 square feet added for five new classrooms and space for instrumental music. Total estimated cost of improvements at Basalt High School is $3.3 million.CarbondaleSome of the biggest changes in the district will occur in Carbondale. Carbondale Elementary School, which sits just south of the middle school, will be demolished at an estimated cost of $571,355. Grades 2 through 4 will move to Crystal River Elementary School. Carbondale Middle School, which was built in 1936 and added on to many times over the years, will move into Roaring Fork High School, and a new high school will be built at what is locally known as the North Face site, south of the fire station on Meadowood Lane. The high school will get a $2.1 million makeover, with the addition of 7,500 square feet, increasing the student capacity from 299 to 437.In order to accommodate four new grades, Crystal River Elementary will have extensive renovation at an estimated cost of $9.2 million. Interior space will increase from 19,657 to 75,000 square feet to accommodate capacity for 542 students. Its present capacity is 170 students.The new 84,414-square-foot high school, which will cost an estimated $18.7 million, will have room for 580 students.Glenwood SpringsIn order to cut the estimated cost of renovating Re-1 schools from $94 million to the voter-approved $86 million, Glenwood Springs Elementary’s aging Bolitho building will see a few more years of service. Under the original plan it would have been demolished.Instead, $907,684 worth of repairs and improvements will be made. Original plans called for construction of a new, two-story, 30,000-square-foot addition to the existing building at an estimated cost of $9.1 million.Sopris Elementary will have a $2.4 million renovation, with the addition of 13,500 square feet and eight new classrooms. Student capacity will go from 395 to 542.Glenwood Springs Middle School, built in 1991, will receive added sidewalks, an expanded drop-off area, an upgraded running track surface, a restroom and team storage room at the baseball field, and other improvements. The upgrades will total $524,203 in cost.The top-dollar improvement for the district will be a $34 million expansion of Glenwood Springs High School. Six acres will be added to the original 14.4-acre site through purchase of property south of the school now occupied by five homes, True Value Hardware and a building that houses the Defiance Thrift store and the Glenwood Gymnastics Academy. The school would expand from 122,475 to 153,000 square feet to accommodate 850 students. There would also be room to expand in the future to hold 1,000 students.Older parts of the building, such as the former junior high school on the west side of the building, will be demolished. The auditorium, two gyms and the library will remain intact but their uses could change, Wall said.In all schools, air conditioning, electrical and plumbing upgrades will be made. Exterior improvements will made to parking areas and sidewalks, and athletic field bleachers.The full master plan is available online at http://www.rfkids.org.
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