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AHS stadium project prepares for bidders

Posted: Thursday, Feb 21st, 2013

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — If the plan goes accordingly, the Mean Moose will have their new athletic complex for the first kickoff of the 2013 football season.

GE Johnson Construction Director of Project Development Shannon Rogers shared the athletic complex/ vo ag building timeline on Tuesday night with the Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) during its regular meeting.

“There is a lot that is going to happen in a five month period,” Rogers said about meeting the August 30 game date. “We have from April until August to build the project.”

He said in early March the designs for both buildings should be complete and the company will put the project out for bid after hosting a “Bidders Open House Event” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 26.

“Let’s get the community excited,” Rogers said. “Let’s get the subcontractor community excited about the project. Here they can learn about opportunities and how to bid on the job.”

Before any job begins, however, the Alamosa City Council must approve the construction plans, he said. After meeting with Don Koskelin, the Alamosa Public Works Director and Assistant City Manager, this week, the company is confident it can meet with the city planning commission and council within its timeline. If there is no opposition, the some permits should be in hand on April 8 with site activity beginning immediately. Full-blown construction is anticipated to hit the Alamosa High School (AHS) campus shortly after April 17 when both state and city permits should be in place.

“We need to get in the loop,” Rogers said. “The city council will ultimately approve the project. We have no indication that we should be alarmed with the process.”

In April, he said, construction work would include sod stripping; field and track Earthwork; track concrete work; playing surface grading; building foundations; and masonry and street work. The company will fence off the area to keep people, especially students, off of the property and implement an erosion control system and runoff protection.

“School will be in session when construction begins,” Rogers said in regards to the project zone safety. “That is always the number one concern... It (the project) touches every part of your campus.”

Based on the project design overview Rogers presented to the ABOE, the $3.6 million dollar athletic complex will sit just north of AHS, and the vo/ag building to the southwest across Carroll Street.

The athletic complex will include pole vaulting, long jump, 100-meter dash and discus space in addition to the synthetic track and football field, team buildings, 2,000 person capacity shaded grandstand and concession stands.

One cost still under the microscope is the number of restrooms presently in the athletic complex plans, he said. Code requires a certain number of restrooms based on the number of anticipated people in the facility, but the company is going to look into seeing if they can find reprieve.

“It is a lot of money for those fixtures,” Rogers said.

The much simpler 100 by 60 foot vo ag building will be a pre-engineered structural building encompassing a classroom, shop, greenhouse and various other activity areas, he said.

Since the AHS campus is expanding across the road, Carroll Street will get a makeover. Roger said the street will be paved, curbed, guttered and a new bus lane to the high school will increase safe traveling and building entry for students. Two three-way stops will also appear on Carroll Street, which will mitigate the current “bottleneck” effect that some might not consider ideal for high school drivers.

“This is a major safety issues,” Rogers said.

Last November, Alamosa voters approved the $4.9 million tax extension bringing AHS and the community a new athletic complex and agriculture facility.

According to a GE Johnson Construction Company report, the mill levy dollars will breakdown accordingly: $3,075,000 will fund the track and field; bleachers; press box: a ticketing and concessions building; bathrooms; first aid office; an officials building and the “Walk to Glory,” a path from the school entrance to the complex. $580,000 will fund locker rooms and an athletic storage building and other dollars will be earmarked for roadwork, sports equipment and OMS facility upgrades. The vo/ag building cost is under $1 million.

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