Steamboat middle school teachers will need moving vans to empty their rooms after June 6 |

Steamboat middle school teachers will need moving vans to empty their rooms after June 6

Consultants to the Steamboat Springs School District reported March19 that the design work for the replacement of the bleachers, along with track and all-weather field surfaces at Gardner Field at Steamboat Springs High School are in the design process, allowing work to be carried out in the summer.
Tom Ross

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — When the last bell of the 2017-18 school year rings June 6, and teachers at Steamboat Springs Middle School return to their classrooms to straighten up and discard the annual accumulation of unwanted paperwork and abandoned student projects, they’ll take the chore a step further than usual.

Almost as soon as school is out this summer, the middle school campus will transform into a construction site, with contractors scheduled to move in to replace the heating, air-conditioning and ventilation systems throughout the school, requiring that each classroom be emptied.

And that will require the help of moving vans. It’s just one of the details required as a result of multiple school facility remodeling projects planned for this summer and funded with the proceeds from a $12.9 million bond issue approved by school district voters in November 2017.

“We have a moving company RFP (request for proposals) out on the street to help move the boxes once the teachers have packed up their rooms in the middle school,” Colleen Kaneda told the Steamboat Springs Board of Education on Monday.

“We have a moving company request for proposals out on the street to help move the boxes once the teachers have packed up their rooms in the middle school.”

Kaneda added that her colleague, Todd Raper, who oversees construction contractors, and Pascal Ginesta, the school district’s director of maintenance, operations and transportation, will help to supervise the big move-out at the middle school.

Kaneda is the lead consultant with NV5, overseeing a variety of capital projects in the school district this summer. They range from the work at the middle school, to refurbishing the high school athletic facility and replacing roofs on five school district buildings.

“We’re actually doing design and construction documents for the middle school so we can submit for building permits here very shortly,” as well as, “working on pricing and updating in real time,” Kaneda said.

Raper said he emphasizes getting building permit applications submitted accurately rather than “pushing the timeline.”

“On all fronts, we’re lining up to be starting when we should be,” he said.

“Hopefully, by next week, I’ll understand fire sprinkler pricing,” Raper added, and he predicted the first evidence of construction will be the beginning of roof replacement on the George P. Sauer Human Services Building on Seventh Street, which houses district administrative offices.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

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