ASC trustees approve demolition

(04-07-2010)

The Trustees for Adams State College approved demolition of the college's Casa Del Sol apartment building at its April 2 meeting, held in Denver. Assessment by an independent engineering firm found renovation of the building would not be financially viable. The structure was condemned in 2003 due to mold issues associated with a deteriorating roofing system, which resulted in water damage.

"The structure is uninhabitable and presents a safety hazard," said Erik van de Boogaard, Adams State associate vice president for Facilities Planning, Design & Construction. Renovation would cost at least $1.26 million, he said. In contrast, a recent bid to remodel the D-wing of the Coronado residence hall, which accommodates 105 students, was $1.3 million.

Constructed in 1931 off of Richardson Ave. behind the college's president's residence, Casa Del Sol includes eight two-bedroom apartments totaling roughly 10,000 square feet. The building has undergone various minor renovations over the years, with the only major modification occurring in the early 1990s, when a new boiler was installed to convert from steam to hydronic heat. Van de Boogaard said the boiler will be salvaged and used for parts for other boilers of similar make and model. Asbestos was abated from the facility in 2008.

Housing renovation and construction of a new student apartment building are included Adams State's campus renewal plan. The Casa del Sol site will become part of a new parking lot on the corner of First and Richardson. Alamosa City Council recently approved vacation of Richardson Ave. between First and Second Sts. to expand campus parking.

After inspecting the facility, Abel Engineering Professionals, of Pueblo, concluded: "The numerous and far-reaching challenges that currently exist in this building would require significantly stripping the entire facility and rebuilding from the inside out in order to bring this apartment building up to present day standards and codes. It is our professional opinion that the extensive renovations necessary for this building would not be economically feasible."