State Capital Development Committee to tour Adams State


Colorado State Senator Gail Schwartz and the Capital Development Committee (CDC) will tour the Adams State College campus Tuesday morning as part of their one-day visit to the San Luis Valley. They will be accompanied by college leaders and two local Adams State Trustees, Timothy Bachicha and Gigi Darricades.

"The primary purpose of the visit is to review the status of the Plachy Hall remodeling project, which the CDC recently funded for over $10 million," said Bill Mansheim, Adams State vice president of finance and administration. The group will also tour Richardson Hall, for which the college is requesting $12 million to fund major remodeling.

"This is an opportunity for Senator Schwartz and the committee to learn about our campus construction needs first hand by exploring our facilities and infrastructure," Mansheim added.

The CDC includes three state representatives and three senators and is chaired by Representative Jim Riesberg, of Weld County. Other representatives include Jefferson County's Robert Witwer and Adams State alumna Buffie McFadyen, from Dist. 47, covering Fremont & Pueblo Counties. Senators include vice chair Bob Bacon, of Larimer County; Joshua Penry from District 7 (Garfield and Mesa Cos.); and Sue Windels, also of Jefferson County. CDC staffer Jennifer Moe will also attend.

The group will spend the morning and have lunch on the Adams State campus; and be the college's guests for dinner in the evening. If time allows, the group will also tour two imminent campus projects, the remodeling of the Marvel House and the Community Outreach Center. Construction on both is planned to begin later this summer.

The Marvel House is the college's historic president's residence, built in 1931. The project will preserve the Spanish-style building's original historic feel and return it to use as a residence and site for entertaining, fundraising, and other college gatherings. Total project cost is estimated at just over $425,000, and will be financed by private donations.

Adams State's former Art Building, now vacant on the corner of Main Street and Edgemont, will be renovated to serve as the Community Partnerships Center. It was constructed in the late 1950s as the Student Union. The project is funded by $600,000 grant from the HUD Office of University Partnerships, and a $70,000 grant from the Gates Family Foundation.

Adams State Community Partnership connects college resources with the community in order to increase the quality of life for all residents of the San Luis Valley. It has four primary service programs: Community Organizing, Service Learning, Community Cultural Arts, and Business Support.

By Julie Waechter