The cost of laying the groundwork for future Colorado Northwestern Community College facilities recently increased.
The city will require the college to extend Ninth Street to the edge of the 100-acre parcel where the college and the hospital plan to build. The project will cost almost $700,000, according to Twin Peaks Utilities and Infrastructure, the company contracted to carry out other infrastructure projects on the property.
The college plans to build a dormitory on the property this fall, followed by a career technical center next year. An academic building could follow in 2012, if the state grants funding for the project.
The street extension is a standard requirement for completing subdivision development, community development director Dave Costa said.
"Any and all subdivision infrastructure : has to be paid for by the developers," Costa said.
The college board owns the subdivision and is considered the developer of the property.
The city plans to eventually connect Ninth Street to roads that will serve a new subdivision west of Craig, which "is in the planning process," Costa said.
In the meantime, the college is preparing to meet the added cost.
Twin Peaks, a Lafayette-based company, will complete the extension. The project includes installing and testing water and sewer lines along the road, as well as creating curbs, gutters and sidewalks, Public Works Director Bill Earley said.
The total cost of the project: $691,678.
The sum took CNCC President John Boyd by surprise.
"This is more than I thought we would be paying for this," he said at the Craig campus's board meeting Monday night, adding that he initially questioned the figure "emphatically."
He attributed the unexpected costs to rising asphalt and construction prices.
"I don't know of many construction costs now that are reasonable," he said.
Twin Peaks will carry out the Ninth Street extension under its $2.7 million contract with The Memorial Hospital, which is slated to construct a new hospital building on the college's subdivision.
The company initially was contracted to build roads and other shared infrastructure between the college and the hospital. The two entities shared the cost of the project.
Staying with Twin Peaks will save the college the cost of finding another contractor, Boyd said.
The college will repay the hospital for the construction costs incurred with Twin Peaks for the Ninth Street extension.
Gene Bilodeau, CNCC Craig campus dean, said project funding likely would come from the college's COLOTRUST fund, a pooled investment fund for local governments.
The college stands to benefit from the road's extension, said John Sattler, Diversified Consulting Solutions president/buildings division manager. The company is contracted to help the college plan its future building projects.
Ninth Street will border two lots in the subdivision where the college plans to build future facilities.
Boyd agreed, saying the college would need Ninth Street to access parking lots and other facilities that have not yet been built.
The extension "is all right with me," he said.
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