CNCC closer to breaking ground

New building projects to encourage use of local subcontractors

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Bids

General contractors who will put in a bid to build two new buildings at Colorado Northwestern Community College:

• Adolfson & Peterson Construction

• FCI Constructors

• GE Johnson Construction Co.

• Haselden Construction

• Hensel-Phelps Construction Co.

• PCL Construction Services

• Shaw Construction

• Swinerton/Kissner Builders

• Weitz

— Several pounds of paper are piled on Gene Bilodeau’s office bookshelf at Colorado Northwestern Community Col­lege in Craig.

Three booklets, outlining the plans of three college construction projects, have taken up much of his office space and his efforts as the projects move closer to breaking ground.

The plans in Bilodeau’s hands are 90 percent complete.

When they are 100 percent finished in January, he will pass them on to the nine general contractors that were chosen as finalists for the project.

Only one will be given the opportunity to build two new buildings and complete the site work on a $38 million Craig campus expansion.

The project includes a career and technical building, an academic building and site work on CNCC’s land next to The Memorial Hospital on Moffat County Road 7.

As the nine contractors work to put together their bids, Bilodeau, CNCC’s vice president of administration, plans to encourage them to use local subcontractors and hopes to encourage local companies to try to get on board with potential contractors early in the bid process.

With most of the funding for the academic building — a $21.5 million, 70,000 square-foot structure — coming from the state, Bilodeau said CNCC decided to keep the contract within the state.

“Given the economic situation and with most of the money coming from the state, we really want to keep some of that here,” he said.

In October, a request for qualification was sent out to 18 Colorado-based contractors.

A committee reviewed and assessed the responses, and Bilodeau said the nine companies chosen stood out above the rest.

“We know these nine are qualified to do what we want to do,” he said.

Some of the companies have worked on large projects in Craig before.

Haselden Construction did a revamp of the HVAC system and rebuilt the auditorium at Moffat County High School, and several others were sub-contractors for the Craig Middle School building project.

Two of the contractors are based on the Western Slope.

Despite historical ties, whoever has the lowest bid on the project when they are opened Feb. 12 will be awarded the project.

Bilodeau said the chosen company could begin working before the ground thaws in the spring.

Because of the scope of the project — which includes the academic building, a 15,000 square-foot career and technical center and site work — he understands most local companies don’t have the resources to bid on it on their own.

Still, he knows there are ways to include Moffat County.

“Craig and Moffat have been so good to the college,” he said. “We’d like to see as many locals benefit from this as possible. I know the scale is too big for most companies, but there are certain parts of the project they can take part in.”

He said the overall goal will be to build the best building possible, but he hopes to use, to the degree he can, local sub-contractors to contribute to the construction of a quality campus.

He said the nine contractors in the running have proven they can finish the project so that the new campus will be open for fall semester 2011.

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