Alamosa County broke ground on its new annex site Wednesday afternoon with the help of the community, celebrating all the recent development easily spotted from Highway 285. The new building will house the downtown county offices including the Treasureís Office, the Clerk and Recorderís Office, the Assessorís Office and the Land Use Department, and tie into the county and city campus that has been developing Alamosaís south side over the years. The building project, sponsored in part by a Department of Local Affairs grant, is boosting the local economy. Van Iwaarden Builders was awarded the $3 million contract, which will use 90 percent local materials and supplies. The new building is also shooting for a gold LEED certification, which would make it one of three Alamosa buildings to meet the sustainability standards. San Luis Valley Federal Bank, who is providing the project financing, purchased and will take over the countyís vacated space on Fourth Street. Tossing dirt on Wednesday afternoon, from left, are Van Iwaarden Builders Vice President Eric Van Iwaarden; Alamosa County Chief Financial Officer Britney DeHerrera; Keith Helmstetler, Helmstetler Architects and Associates; Alamosa County Commissioner Darius Allen; Alamosa Mayor Kathy Rogers; SLV Federal Bank President Duane Bussey; former Alamosa County Commissioner George Wilkinson; Alamosa County Commissioner Michael Yohn; Alamosa County Commissioner Marianne Dunne; State Senator Larry Crowder and State Representative Ed Vigil.