Willdan Group, Inc., a nationwide provider of professional technical and consulting services to utilities, government agencies, and private industry, will provide design-build services for — Trinidad District No. 1 and Granada School District Re-2 — two Colorado public school projects. The two schools will have respective budgets of $15.5 million and $5.7 million. The projects will make the schools more energy efficient, upgrade the building infrastructure, and enhance the educational environments with improved air and light quality and new smart classroom technologies.
“Willdan developed a long-term infrastructure strategy to guide our facility upgrade recommendations, including design and construction oversight,” said Dr. Bonnie Aaron, superintendent of Trinidad School District No. 1. “They helped us get to the root of our issues instead of offering a temporary fix that would cost more money in the long-run.”“These upgrades are expected to cut our utility bill in half, allowing us to make changes that pay for themselves through lease-purchase financing and freeing up funds in the future,” said Ty Kemp, Granada School District’s superintendent.
Willdan combined its civil, mechanical, electrical, and energy efficiency engineering capabilities to develop the projects. Construction is expected to commence in April 2020 at both districts and should complete in the Fall for Granada and Winter for Trinidad.Willdan supported successful competitive grant applications, helping to secure a total of $14.4 million between the two districts in Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Grants, an annual grant provided by the Colorado Department of Education.