Old Town Hot Springs construction looks to gain traction despite wet weather
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Don’t blame Pat Carney if she didn’t share the same excitement many people did Monday afternoon as heavy, wet snow began to fall from the sky in Steamboat Springs.
“What can you do?” said Carney, who enjoys Steamboat’s Champagne powder as much as anyone unless it interferes with the area’s incredibly short construction season. “You can cry, and you can scream. Otherwise, you just have to figure out how you are going to do it. We had all that beautiful weather, and we needed five more days to get the roof on.”
For the past two weeks, roofing crews have been set back by wet, seasonal weather, but Carney, who serves as Old Town Hot Springs’ project manager, is optimistic the drier weather will return, and the last of the three roofs will be finished sometime next week.
By early next month, she expects the project to be completely “dried-in” with all the roofs and windows finished. Then, despite the weather, crews can continue to work inside through the winter with April 1 as the expected completion for the 15,000-square-foot addition.
She said the plan is to get certain rooms inside the building finished, so they can be used as construction continues. That includes the spin room, which she is hoping can be completed by early November, and the childcare room, which is scheduled to re-open Oct. 29.
“It’s important,” Carney said. “We need it so that moms can leave their kids when they work out.”
Carney said that approach will continue as the Old Town Hot Springs works through its latest renovation, which will take the building from about 20,000 square feet to nearly 35,000.
The new building is part of a two-phase project at the longtime downtown hot springs, swimming pool and fitness facility.
The first phase, which is underway now, includes community gathering and meeting spaces — including a kitchen — an indoor walking track, a climbing wall and a fitness center expansion.
The second phase, which is not even planned to take place until 2021, will include renovating the lap pool and adding lanes and improving the surrounding play areas and diving area. The improvements will expand water programming for all ages and is the first the lap pool areas have been renovated since 2000.
Fundraising efforts for the first phase, which is expected to cost just over $6 million, are in full swing. Carney said she has seen a peak in interest the past two months as the building project has started to take shape.
To date, $5.9 million has been raised. She is hoping that momentum will continue as she works to raise the $10 million needed to finish both phases of the project.
Fundraising efforts have also been fueled by smaller donors who have been purchasing commemorative pavers to help support the cause, Carney said. She has also given several tours of the space, and excitement is building in the community.
“It’s awesome,” Carney said. “The space is a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be after looking at the plans. I’m really excited to see what it’s going to look like when we are all done.”
For information on donating to the Old Town Hot Springs renovation project, visit https://www.oldtownhotsprings.org/capital-campaign-for-our-future/donate-now/.
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
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