Project manager says construction of schools on schedule


Structures begin to take shape on the construction site of the new Soda Creek Elementary School in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday afternoon. Until the school is completed, classes are being held in portable buildings near the George P. Sauer building.

— The foundation for a new Soda Creek Elementary School has been laid, but building officials say what's even more exciting is that the project is on schedule and under budget.

"It is fair to say it is a few days ahead of schedule," project manager Todd Ficken said Wednesday. "The walls you see going up are the stairwells of the school, and next week, the elevator shaft is going up. The underground electrical is going in, and the plumbing is in. Overall, it is going well."

He said work is complete at the temporary school facility built to house Soda Creek students while their new school is constructed.

School Board President Denise Connelly told Routt County Commissioners on Tuesday that "Camp Soda Creek" has come together better than anyone had hoped.

"I have to say that my kids enjoy the modulars currently more than they did the old classrooms," she said.

On Sept. 11, Ficken presented an updated list of "value engineering items" that could be cut or scaled back from the Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary school projects without affecting the school district's educational mission.

Ficken said Wednesday that the 31 cuts, which included eliminating small entrance canopies, replacing stainless steel countertops with laminate and installing cheaper light fixtures, saved about $300,000.

"We wanted to get it across to the community that we don't have an unlimited bank account," he said. "But I think we have done very well on the budget."

Work to construct a 10-classroom addition to Strawberry Park also is on schedule, despite a month-long delay in beginning the project.

"We are tracking well at Strawberry Park, and we'll have storm drainage done before winter," he said.

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(Anonymous) mominboat says...

Are you kidding me? Strawberry Park Elementary construction has NEVER been on schedule. My kids are crammed into a tiny lunch room, have music on the stage, kindergarten is in a closet, the library has been cut in half, and there is little room left for indoor recess, ALL BECAUSE ONE BUILDING WAS NOT MOVED ON TIME. The modular classroom that stood in the way of the current construction was supposed to be moved in June, yet even today, STILL it stands. The two classrooms have had to relocate to creative places in the building, which all could have been avoided if the project was on schedule.
It appears as if once again, the Strawberry Park campus, Middle School included, is left out of Rick Denney's priority list. He told then principal Mark MacHale that the buildings would be moved right after school was out. He then later tells us all, right to our faces (parents) that the project is right on time. I guess emulating our lofty George W. president is a tactic he enjoys.
Please, tell the community the truth. Get the story from the hard working people in the buildings. The only project on time is Soda Creek. Maybe when the Soda Creek school is built they can handle the 500+ student capacity that Strawberry Park is dealing with.
I hope our new superintendent can get some things moving and speak the truth to the community. Perhaps the new board candidates are willing to discuss buying out Mr. Denney? Honestly, what has he done well (disrepair of the high school field, damaging the clay track, etc) that would support a positive job performance? Let's clean some house and get some work done, the right way. Thank you.
Mom in Boat

Posted 20 September 2007, 4:49 p.m. Suggest removal

(Chris Elliott) forthekids says...

Mominboat-- you are absolutely correct and for Denise Connelly to say at both the SPE and SSMS back to school nights that it was on schedule only goes to show you that she thinks nothing about telling the public what she thinks they want to here. SPE has done a great job dealing with the current situation. It doesn't help that the SCE parents that voted for the bond issue are still trying to get their kids into SPE. Little do they realize, class sizes are smaller and classrooms are larger at Camp Soda Creek!..Dr. Barr is doing an awesome job with the hand she was delt including the parking/pick up situation.

Posted 20 September 2007, 5:29 p.m. Suggest removal

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