Re-2 awards construction contract
Garfield School District Re-2 gave final approval to Haselden Construction as the general contractor for the Rifle Middle School and Esma Lewis Elementary School construction projects at its regular board meeting Tuesday evening. Superintendent Gary Pack recommended the approval to the board. “Haselden has constructed a number of government buildings, including the new (Garfield County) jail and county offices,” Pack said. Besides regional government facilities, the Englewood-based construction firm has built projects ranging from the University of Colorado Anshutz Inpatient Pavilion in Aurora to the Denver Zoo’s parking garage. The firm specializes in new construction and renovation of hospitality, office, warehouse, education, health care and detention facilities. According to Colorado Construction magazine, Haselden is one of the top 20 construction firms in Colorado, generating $115 million in revenue in 2001. Pack said Dan Nelson, Haselden’s superintendent for the Garfield Re-2 school projects, lives in Rifle. Architectural planning and sub-contractors’ bidding are expected to begin in January 2003. Groundbreaking is set for April 2003. The school construction and renovation projects are part of Garfield Re-2’s $39 million bond issue approved in 2001. Funds from the bond are being used to build or expand nine schools in the district, from 2002 to 2005. The board also approved the construction of a new softball field located north of Roy Moore Elementary School in the planned Lyons subdivision. The field is a cooperative agreement with Kelly Lyons, the Lyons Subdivision, the town of Silt and Garfield Re-2, and will be used by the school and the town. According to Pack, Lyons agreed to deed the ballfield property to the town of Silt, which will maintain the site. “We plan on working with Mr. Lyons and the town of Silt to develop this cooperative endeavor,” Pack said. Garfield School District Re-2 board also:-Approved the consultant agreement with Division 7 Design for Highland Elementary School’s roof construction for $16,755. -Had a first reading of the revised student immunization policy. -Approved staff and school handbooks from the district’s schools. The next Garfield School District Re-2 board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 24.
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