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Rec center work ahead of schedule

David L'Heureux
Special to the Daily An architect's rendering of the Gypsum recreation center, which is scheduled to open in fall 2006. Planners are now studying features and equpiment.
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GYPSUM – Things are moving right along with the voter-approved Gypsum recreation center. The project is tentatively four months ahead of schedule.A sales tax increase of one percent to finance the rec center passed overwhelmingly last November. Since then, town officials have sought public input on what features and equipment will be in the re center and finalized many aspects of the plan. Excavation may start late this spring. Town Manager Jeff Shroll and Town Councilman Tom Edwards have made numerous trips to Denver to look at things as mundane as floor tile and as all important as swimming pools.

On a recent trip, the two were examining another much-anticipated piece of equipment for he rec center. “We get to look at climbing walls,” said Shroll. “That will be one of our most expensive things to buy.”The Western Eagle Metropolitan Recreation District, which will staff the rec center, and the Town of Gypsum, recently picked a contractors, Adolfson & Peterson Construction of Aurora, Colo.”The firm selected has done more recreation centers in Colorado than any other firm interviewed,” Edwards said.

Budget, of course, is important. So far, the project is not only on time, it’s within budget. Still, there are what Edwards calls, “planning considerations,” that could alter the project even as it proceeds. Avoiding conflicts with the annual Gypsum Daze celebration and festivities is a priority. Beyond that, it’s all about costs, he said. “The rapidly rising cost of concrete, steel and other building materials has required us to project ahead in the budget to accommodate potential increases,” said Edwards. “Rising costs have also made it necessary to keep a sharp eye on the amenities included so that the budget can be kept in line.”The town is also working with architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects and contractors to provide as many amenities as possible, and still stay within the funds budgeted for the project. “Without the tax increase, the recreation center would have been stopped before it ever developed,” Edwards said.



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