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Schools taking shape in Edwards, Gypsum

Matt Terrell
Eagle COunty, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyElectrician Kevin Hall, right, installs the electrical wiring into one of 18 classrooms on the top floor of the new Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, Colorado.

Eagle Valley remodel makes progress, and new Battle Mountain should be open winter 2009

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” The Battle Mountain construction site in Edwards, Colorado is starting to look like a school, and students are already getting to use remodeled areas of Eagle Valley High School.

Here’s a full update on school district construction projects, all being paid for the $128 million bond approved by voters in 2006.

The new Battle Mountain High School is about 56 percent complete.

Walls are appearing, and you can more easily imagine how the school will look and fit in with the landscape.

School leaders say the school won’t likely be finished until October 2009, with students and teachers moving into their new academic home over winter break that year.

Site work is about 70 percent complete. Bleachers and press boxes should be installed at the football field and track this week. Paving for the track, high jump and triple jump should be finished by Monday.

Curbs and gutters haven completed for the east parking lot, which should be paved by end of the month.

Structural steel beams and joist have been installed in all areas of the building, and roof work has finished in the central building.

Masonry is nearly finished except for inside walls and outside brick and stone veneer. Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, system controls and fire sprinkler work is being done in all areas of the building except the athletics wing.

Mechanical rooftop equipment is also being installed at the east end of the building, along with exterior windows and curtain walls.

Wall insulation, drywall installation, and drywall finishing should start in one wing of the school next week. Interior wall construction has also started throughout the school.

Eagle Valley’s big remodel will include a new gym, commons and cafeteria, new auditorium, a greenhouse, remodeled art and science wings, new technology wing and parking.

The science and art wings are finished and being used by students. Students also are using the expanded weight room and fitness area.

The new parking lot at the southwest end of the school, off Valley Road, will soon have its first layer of asphalt. About 90 percent of the curbs and gutters are complete.

The greenhouse should be finished by the middle of November and ready for use during the second trimester.

On the other side of the school, masonry for the new gym is finishing this week, with the joists being delivered early next week. Workers plan to finish outside construction, or have it “dried in,” by mid-November.

Structural steel work is almost done for the kitchen and commons area, and exterior framing will begin by the end of October.

Demolition and reconstruction of the existing auditorium has started, and planners say it should be finished by mid March 2009. All the existing seats and old lighting have been removed and will be replaced.

Structural steel in the new technology wing will begin once work is finished in the kitchen and commons area.

Red Canyon High School’s new campus in Edwards opened over spring break this past year, but there’s still a small bit of work to do at the entryway. Workers will add boulders to better define the entry and prevent damage of grassy areas. The ribbon cutting for this project will be Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m.

June Creek Elementary across the street opened this school year, although minor work is still being done.

Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 970-748-2955 or

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