Vail Christian High School ready for groundbreaking of riverside campus
EDWARDS – Vail Christian High School announced the selection of a Denver firm, Braaksma-Himmelman, Inc. to construct the school’s new riverside campus in Edwards. Groundbreaking is expected to occur in late March with occupancy occurring during the next school year.Bidding on the $11 million project was highly competitive, but the building committee was unanimous in its support of Braaksma-Himmelman, Inc. as the best fit for the project, said Michael Mutter, Vail Christian High School project manager. “We were truly blessed to have four great general contractors to choose from,” Mutter said. “The decision was very difficult, but in the end Braaksma-Himmelman’s professionalism, experience and general feeling of ‘fit’ won out.”
The capital campaign, entitled ‘Believe!’ has been successful, having raised nearly half the amount needed for the campus in about 14 months. The momentum is strong and with groundbreaking pending, the school’s development committee is hoping to gain another $2 million in commitments this spring to reduce the amount of permanent financing needed, Mutter said. New facilities include an academic building with an enhanced science lab featuring new equipment funded by a grant from the Wheeler Family Foundation. Gas fireplaces will warm the student commons and provide a focal point for the library. Classrooms feature natural light from the huge windows facing the Eagle River. The arts and athletics building will have a 450-seat auditorium and indoor/outdoor stage.
The gymnasium will be complemented by weight and locker rooms as well as coaches’ offices. The creative design, using two separate buildings, will allow community use of the fine arts center and gymnasium when not being used by the school.”Allowing others to use the auditorium and gymnasium is our way of giving back to the community that has supported us in the building of this campus,” said Terry Halverson, chairman of the school’s board.
Excitement about the new campus is evidenced by the overwhelming response to the school’s annual visitors days. The January visitors day was a sellout.The Feb. 10 visitors day still has a few spaces available, but reservations are required since lunch is served. To make a reservation call Shelley Gile at 926-3015. For information on the Believe! campaign, call Eileen Jacobs at 471-3117.Vail Colorado