Thanks to our supportive community, Mountain Valley School is well on its way towards realizing the district goals of relationships, innovation and rejuvenation. Relationships with all stakeholders is critical, and district residents are trusting Mountain Valley to create innovative and engaging learning environments, as well as multi-use community and athletic spaces as we design and build a new school that will serve our students, families, and community for many generations to come.
Throughout this process, transparency is key. My hope is that everyone has access to accurate information and ample opportunities to share thoughts and ideas during the design and building phases. Our first new school facility community meeting with owner’s representatives NV5 and architects TreanorHL was held on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Mountain Valley School.
Everyone had a chance to meet the NV5 and TreanorHL teams that will be working closely with the Mountain Valley community during this process. Topics covered during this meeting included: transparency diagram, design advisory group process, high level timeline, community input process, design philosophy/designing within context, and open dialogue regarding community vision, hopes, dreams, and fears.
On the construction side of the project, Mountain Valley received proposals from four construction companies: GE Johnson, GH Phipps, Haselden-Diesslin and FCI. GE Johnson has completed 124 PreK-12 school projects, including BEST schools in the San Luis Valley for Center, Sangre de Cristo and South Conejos.
GH Phipps has built schools throughout Colorado, as well as projects at Adams State University, San Luis Valley Health and Rio Grande Hospital.
Haselden-Diesslin has completed over 130 PreK-12 schools, including Moffat School, Salida High School and Longfellow Elementary School in Salida. Over the past five years, FCI has built over 120 educational facilities, including Ignacio High School, Ignacio Middle School and Sanford School.
A six-member selection team has been working hard to score the proposals from the aforementioned construction companies. This is no easy task, as the proposals range from 45 to 68 pages, and each construction company is highly qualified. Proposals are scored on the following criteria: cover letter; firm qualifications; project experience and references; high performance/sustainability expertise; team structure, experience, and resumes; cost estimate; project schedule; and project approach.
After scoring is completed, the top-ranked construction companies will be invited for face-to-face interviews at Mountain Valley School on Monday, Dec. 4. After the interviews are scored, Mountain Valley will select a construction company to join our team and help build the new PreK-12 school in Saguache.
As we begin designing the new school, please attend the community meetings and share your input. Together, we can make a difference at Mountain Valley School.
Travis Garoutte is the Mountain Valley School superintendent.