CSU–Pueblo hires local firm for $24 million library renovation

Colorado State University – Pueblo has hired a local firm to provide construction services as part of a $24 million project to renovate and construct additions to the University Library.  H.W. Houston Construction Co., Inc., of Pueblo will begin work immediately to assure completion by the scheduled May 2011 re-opening of the building. 

Using primarily local sub-contractors, Houston will rebuild the interior space of the now empty building, make significant changes to the exterior to open it up to day-lighting and views, add 22,000 new square feet consisting of meeting space and a tiered classroom, create a new entrance on the south end of the Library wing, and reconfigure the current main entrance.  New building systems – HVAC, electric, and plumbing – will be added as well as new state-of-the-art technology to support current learning techniques and student needs.

“We are elated to be working on one of the single most recognizable buildings on campus,” said Ken West, owner of H.W. Houston Construction Co., Inc. “Through our efforts to make it a state-of-the-art facility, we truly believe it will be a crown jewel among the many changes that have and will occur as part of the campus transformation.” 

Following the selection process prescribed by the State Procurement Rules, the University issued a Request for Qualifications in late June 2009 to which 16 firms responded and six completed cost bids based on the completed building design and construction drawings.  As dictated by the required process, the selection of the successful company was based on lowest cost. Houston Construction’s bid of $15.7 million was the low bid and thus won the contract.

“The University is delighted to be working with a local contractor who has built many successful projects in town and on this campus,” said CSU-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia. “When complete, the newly renovated and expanded library will be the capstone to the physical transformation of the campus.”

West said nearly 80 percent of the sub-contractors for the job will be from Pueblo, including mechanical, electrical, and drywall, providing an added boost to the local economy. 

“It’s especially significant and gratifying that H.W. Houston’s long-time Pueblo-based expertise in high quality construction and large production capacity will be applied to this much-needed project on our hometown campus,” said John Barnosky, director of planning and construction at CSU-Pueblo.

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