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AHS complex moves forward

Posted: Thursday, May 9th, 2013

From left, Charlie Jackson, Larry Schreiner, Alamosa School District Superintendent Rob Alejo and Alamosa High School teacher and coach Andy Lavier discuss the coming complex and building on Wednesday. Courier photo by Eric R. Flores

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — A stadium is coming, and there will be no mistaking who calls it home.

During a routine Alamosa High School (AHS) athletic complex/vo ag building construction meeting on Wednesday afternoon, the importance of the Mean Moose maroon and white color scheme was discussed in addition to a project progress report and a list of decisions yet to be made.

Regarding the color schemes, both the stadium and the metal building will represent Mean Moose spirit without becoming an eyesore. The stadium will be maroon, white and a darker brown to contrast with the high school. The metal building will also be maroon and another color, which has not been decided to make it more visually pleasing.

“All maroon is a lot of maroon,” said Alamosa School District (ASD) owner’s representative Larry Schreiner, Sage Construction. “And the Alamosa City Council doesn’t want an all maroon building.”

A vandal resistant coating is being considered for both structures, and indoor paint colors for areas like the stadium restrooms are also under advisement.

To date, the G.E. Johnson (GEJ) construction firm representatives said ongoing plumbing, electric and groundwork is setting up the stage to bring on the stadium infrastructure, and that the vo ag building labor had come to a standstill.

GEJ senior project manager Mike Koster said the vo ag building work should pick back up in June once the state approves the construction plan, which is a four to six week process. There is hope, however, the foundation plans could be approved sooner, allowing some work to move forward.

In order to stay within the project’s budget, the vo ag building will not have a greenhouse immediately, but space to accommodate the educational tool will be created during this phase of construction. The district is also considering other options for amenities like a scoreboard to save money to help put in other features like a high-quality track surface.

“We continue to identify cost-savings in the budget,” said ASD Superintendent Rob Alejo. “We continue to identify any areas that come in under budget and reallocate those funds to other areas.”

Project elements that still await Alamosa Board of Education approval include the cost for the full surface track including the “D” areas where athletes compete in events like high jump and pole vaulting; on-demand traffic signs; logo and field designs; the vandal resistant coating; and roof upgrades.

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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