College moving forward with residence hall, art reception
March 10, 2012
At a glance …
• Colorado Northwestern Community College is moving forward with plans to build a residence hall at the Craig campus.
• CNCC officials have earmarked up to $1.125 million for the project.
• Preliminary designs call for a 5,088 square-foot building with 30 beds.
• Campus vice president: Projected completion date pushed back from fall 2012 to January 2013.
• Campus officials are also planning an April 27 reception to showcase new artwork at the campus.
• The event will feature performances by local high school, middle school and elementary school students.
If you go …
What: “Moffat Learning Together 2012”
When: 4 to 8 p.m. April 27
Where: Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.
— The event will feature the college’s new art collection and include performances by students from Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School and Craig elementary schools. Refreshments will be provided
A new residence hall at Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig campus may not open as early as expected, but plans to build it are falling into place.
The project has entered the design phase, and crews could break ground as early as April 30, said Gene Bilodeau, Craig campus vice president.
Preliminary plans call for a two-story, 5,088-square-foot building featuring room for 30 beds and two small laundry areas.
The building was initially scheduled to open this fall, but college officials pushed the projected completion date back to January 2013.
"We had the opportunity to look at fast-tracking the building, but it was such a tight, tight timeframe that we felt that … if one little thing didn't go according to plan, it would throw the whole schedule off," Bilodeau said.
Two Colorado companies will help see the project to completion.
Thira, Inc., a Steamboat Springs-based firm, is the project's architect, and Shaw Construction out of Grand Junction is the general contractor.
Contracts to both companies were awarded in January, Bilodeau said.
Up to $1.125 million is earmarked for the project.
The task now is to work with the architect and contractor to "see what type of facility … we can get built for that" amount, Bilodeau said.
While completing the residence hall is still a ways off, campus officials are gearing up for an event on the more immediate horizon.
CNCC will open its doors to the community from 4 to 8 p.m. April 27 for "Moffat Learning Together 2012." The event will allow residents to get a glimpse of the college's new art collection, which includes ceramics, textiles, paintings and kinetic sculptures created by artists from around the region and around the country.
"It's really quite phenomenal," said Kellie Dippel, CNCC extended learning and concurrent enrollment director.
She's spearheading the event, which is a collaboration between CNCC and the Moffat County School District.
Students from Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School and Craig elementary schools, as well as community groups, will provide a spectrum of entertainment while residents peruse the college's art collection, which is nearly complete.
The collection features "museum-quality" works that compliment the new campus buildings while also appealing to casual observers, Dippel said.
"It brings a warmth and a comfort to the building," she said.
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