Eagle County Charter Academy, (managed by Jeff Reed, DCS principal) was completed in August 2013. Mr. Reed served as principal and owner representative for the project charge consisting of a new 45,000 SF K-8 school. Classes remained in session during construction, utilizing a modular complex on the same property. Project scope included:
- New ground-up construction of a LEED Gold certified high-performance school building.
- Management of a $11.85 million BEST grant budget
- New parking and fields to replace the modular complex during the 2013 summer break.
- Full management of design consultants, general contractor, and commissioning agent and construction process through occupancy
- Procurement and management of FF&E
This project was funded by the BEST grant program. Project objectives addressed a very aging, deteriorating modular complex with significant security concerns. The new facility provides for a highly efficient building that is twice the square footage of the current modular footprint, yet will yield lower energy costs.
Unique challenges to this project were mainly geographic, as the property is landlocked on a plateau adjacent to the interstate, with only one access shared by the operating school and construction. As the project is in the Vail valley, winter weather and ground frost required creative scheduling to ensure completion within the 10-month schedule.