County assigns contract for public-works campus

The Mesa County Commission on Monday approved the hiring of Shaw Construction, for $404,764, to design the new public works campus at the Mesa County Landfill.

Slated for construction later this year southeast of the intersection of 32 Road and U.S. Highway 50, the campus will consolidate a handful of closed public works shops, the maintenance garage for Grand Valley Transit buses and administrative offices of the public works department.

The construction is expected to cost around $8 million, said Dave Detwiler, an employee of Integrated Construction Solutions and a former Mesa County Facilities and Parks employee.

That price tag is “several hundred thousand dollars less” than other proposals the county received to design and build the entire campus, according to the county commission’s agenda. The project likely will be built in phases.

“We are going to design it in a way we can piece it out (build it) over time,” Detwiler said.
Oz Architecture of Boulder will be the architects on the project.

There is a lot of work going on, or soon will be under way, in the area.

Just to the west of the public works facility, the county has begun work on its new Mesa County Animal Services building. To the south, Whitewater Development LLC is preparing to build an industrial park and a subdivision on 448 acres.

Clifton Sanitation recently was awarded the contract to provide sewer service to the area.


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