Maintenance crews take over District 51 schools

When classes end, summer maintenance projects begin.

School District 51 maintenance and grounds operations crews will spend this summer focused on roofing, flooring, and window replacement work. Roofing projects will take place at Central High School, Tope Elementary and above the cafeteria and library at Gateway School.

New carpet will be installed in the libraries at Palisade High School and Redlands Middle School, classrooms and counseling offices at Grand Junction High School and classrooms at Nisley, Fruitvale and Orchard Avenue elementary schools. The district’s last school with carpet in its cafeteria, Taylor Elementary, will have that carpet replaced with tile, and concrete will be re-poured to avoid trip hazards in the central commons area at East Middle School.

Orchard Avenue and Lincoln Orchard Mesa elementary schools will receive new windows. The single-pane, metal-lined windows at both schools will be replaced with more energy efficient double-pane aluminum- or vinyl-clad windows, according to District 51 Director of Maintenance and Operations Cal Clark. Fruita Monument High School will get new LED stage lighting for the same reason.

“It will probably save 10 percent of the energy bill and they won’t give off heat,” Clark said of the new stage lights.

Other district projects for the summer include replacing old or inefficient water heaters at Mount Garfield Middle School and Central High School, replacing lights in the Orchard Mesa Middle School library, and typical off-season painting and patch-up work that can be challenging to complete when students are in class.

Central and Fruita Monument will soon receive a shared donation of turf, thanks to a summer project at Colorado Mesa University. The university recently tore up its soccer turf at Walker Field to replace it with newer material. The turf, worth an estimated $60,000, will be split between the two high schools for their fields.

Other Colorado Mesa projects scheduled for this summer include placing finishing touches on the campus’ newest dormitory, Garfield Hall; new construction of a second Academic Classroom Building; and the start of a remodeling project in Tomlinson Library. Summer work also will include sound-proofing practice rooms and installing new carpets and curtains in Robinson Theater at Moss Performing Arts Center; replacing carpet and lighting in Pinon and Tolman halls; and installing new bathrooms and kitchens in one building of Walnut Ridge Apartments.

Western Colorado Community College will get some work as well, including a ceiling replacement in a lecture hall, pot hole patching in the parking lot, and new furniture in Building B.


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