CMC Breck site on track to open by fall semester |

CMC Breck site on track to open by fall semester

Robert Allen
Breckenridge, CO Colorado
Summit Daily/Mark FoxThe CMC campus just north of Breckenridge is nearing completion.

BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado ” Construction and fundraising for the new Breckenridge site at Colorado Mountain College appear to be moving steadily toward the grand opening in August.

“We’ll be proud of that building,” said Sam Skramstad, CMC director of college-wide facilities. “It’s going to be a nice-looking building and an asset to the community and the county.”

The $14 million project, part of the CMC Summit campus, is on schedule to be ready by the time classes convene next semester. The 35,000 square-foot structure ” on 16 acres the town of Breckenridge donated ” is to include a health wing, a cutting-edge culinary teaching kitchen and seating for outdoor learning.

Skramstad said construction is entering the final stages, and the certificate of occupancy is expected about six weeks before the opening.

“It’s coming together fast,” he said. “The first week in June (it) ought to be done, with the exception of probably some landscaping.”

CMC Foundation CEO Alexandra Yajko said fundraising efforts are at about $1.4 million toward a $2 million goal, and several tours of the project are conducted each week.

“We are hoping that through the summer, when second-homeowners come back, that they will be inspired,” she said of the “beautiful facility.”

Through the spring, several small events have been held to accrue donations to the project. A few have been planned for the summer as well.

The foundation has written for numerous grants as well, to help with fundraising.

Grand opening

A grand opening celebration Aug. 29 is to include a time-capsule unveiling and a concert in the 245-seat auditorium.

“We’re going to have the first concert ” a short one ” to illustrate how fabulous the acoustics (are),” Yajko said. “That portion of the building was with community interest in mind.”

She said finances for the auditorium piano came through donation.

Recent donor Wells Fargo contributed $33,000, and a computer lab is to be named in its honor. The bank company also provides scholarships to students at the CMC Vail-Eagle Valley Campus in Edwards, according to a CMC press release.

“Both Wells Fargo and CMC are part of the resort communities in Routt, Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle and Summit counties,” Wells Fargo community banking president John Hostetter said in a press release. “Our locations overlay the CMC district. We need the college, and we need to help the college.”

This donation put the campaign over the halfway point, which initiated a more robust effort to gather local donations.

Other contributions include more than $100,000 from Copper Mountain Resort and between $75,000 and $100,000 from the Anschutz and Boettcher foundations, according to a previous report.

CMC Summit has been offering classes in Summit County for nearly 40 years, and is the fastest-growing campus in the college’s nine-county district, according to the campaign flier.

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