Groundbreaking: Buena Vista Middle School and High School

GLENWOOD SPRINGSHaselden Construction recently broke ground on construction of Buena Vista High School and McGinnis Middle School in Buena Vista, CO. The schools, located on a shared campus, are part of a two-phase project that will include construction of a new academic wing, renovation of the current high school gymnasium, and demolition and new construction of the remaining existing facilities. The project, a joint venture with Diesslin Structures Inc., has a projected budget of $41.5 million and is set to be the largest construction project ever in Chaffee County.

“The idea for this project began years ago with so many people giving their time to understand the needs of our district, make a plan for our schools, and move that plan forward,” stated a Buena Vista Board of Education member. “This is the result of a combined effort between local and state resources to bring this project to fruition. We’re excited by the opportunities this project will bring for learning, performing, and growth.”

The project, designed by Chad Novak, principal at TreanorHL, is broken into two phases to minimize disruption for students and teachers. The first phase includes a new two-story academic wing, new administrative offices, and a shared commons and library. The second phase will include demolition and construction of a new middle school gymnasium, cafeteria and auditorium, and STEM lab and art rooms, as well as renovations to the existing high school gymnasium. The total project, including the new construction and renovation of remaining structures, will be more than 134,000 square feet.

“This is a milestone project for Buena Vista and Chaffee County, and we are honored to be the ones building this new school for current and future students to thrive,” said Brian Hunt, regional director of Haselden Construction. “We know that students and teachers need a safe, well-equipped learning environment, and with the school’s original structures built in the 1960s, we’re
excited at the opportunity to be bringing these new facilities to the community.”

Both phases are scheduled to be completed in time for the 2020-2021 school year.

Photos courtesy of Haselden

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