The pieces are coming together for the first phase of a new Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus.
On Tuesday, the college submitted covenants to the city for a portion of the 100-acre parcel west of town where the college plans to build new facilities.
Among other things, the document spells out the architectural standards the college plans to establish on the property, community development director Dave Costa said.
"We just do a real quick look at them," Costa said, adding that establishing covenants is the developer's responsibility. "That's something that the city doesn't enforce."
At the same time, college officials are beginning to consider the aesthetic elements of the new campus.
At the Craig campus' Board of Control meeting Monday night, representatives from AndersonMasonDale Architects, a Denver-based firm, presented preliminary drawings showing what the exterior of a proposed academic building could look like.
The drawings showed a facility built primarily of corrugated tin, natural-colored stucco and concrete masonry that resembled stone.
The academic building will serve as a "palette" to develop the exterior of other campus buildings, said Joey Carrasquillo, one of the company's principal owners.
"We're not proposing each of these (buildings) look the same," he said.
The academic building could be constructed in 2012, after the construction of a career technical center and student residence hall next year.
The residence hall originally was planned to open this fall under a combined design-build contract. However, college officials recently decided to re-bid the project in separate architectural and building phases, campus president John Boyd said.
At the same time, the college is in the process of transferring ownership of one of the property's lots, a 15-acre section, to the county, said John Sattler, Diversified Consulting Solutions president.
DCS, a Westminster-based firm, is helping the college create a long-term design for the new Craig campus.
The Memorial Hospital plans to build a new hospital on the 15-acre section.
"The hospital, via the county, will own the property," Sattler said.
Sattler couldn't estimate when the transfer would be finished.
Still, he has an idea.
"It's going to happen sooner than later," he said.
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