Big summer projects on tap for District 51
Eric Nilsen has to laugh when people ask him if he gets summers off.
As construction projects coordinator and soon-to-be director of maintenance and operations at School District 51, summers are typically the busiest time of the year for Nilsen and his colleagues.
As soon as students exit school, maintenance crews and construction workers move in to get as much painting, flooring, roofing, equipment replacement and repair work done as possible while schools are empty. At a little more than 10 weeks, this summer is the district’s shortest. But Nilsen said employees expect to finish plenty of work orders before the start of school Aug. 4, including:
■ A $834,396 full replacement of the heating, ventilation and air-cooling system at Loma Elementary,
■ A $205,708 asphalt repaving project in an alley at Grand Junction High School as well as a $98,604 partial roofing project at the school.
■ A $151,000 boiler replacement at Palisade High School.
■ $141,061 worth of partial kitchen remodeling at Nisley and Fruitvale elementary schools.
Nilsen said workers also recently completed installation of a new gym floor at Clifton Elementary School and are putting in a new gym floor at Gateway School. Partial roofing work will be done at Gateway and Tope Elementary, a computer lab will be converted to open library space at Wingate Elementary, a media area will be remodeled to accommodate a computer lab at Palisade High School, flooring has been replaced at half of the classrooms at Chatfield Elementary, and East Middle School is getting a new boiler after a small boiler room explosion this spring prompted a school evacuation. Some new flooring has been put in at Central High School, Clifton Elementary, Mesa View Elementary and Taylor Elementary as well.