CMC to add classroom in Dillon |

CMC to add classroom in Dillon

DILLON – Administrators at Colorado Mountain College are taking advantage of lower construction costs to start a small expansion project at the college’s Dillon Center on Fiedler Avenue.

This month, work should start on the addition, which will create a new 800-square-foot multipurpose classroom to help with increasing demand from students. The number of students enrolled at the college’s Summit Campus has been increasing more than 16 percent in recent semesters .

Summit Campus CEO Alton Scales said the expansion project will be completed as cost-effectively as possible by making use of the existing roof and columns of the former bank building’s drive-up on the east side of the center.

The new room will allow the college to offer additional academic classes and bring home some English as a Second Language classes currently conducted in local school buildings. Scales said the flexible space also will be used for yoga classes and possibly dance classes, which are currently offered at a private studio space in Frisco and at the college’s former Breckenridge facility on Harris Street.

“Ultimately it allows us to provide better services for our students,” Scales said. “With the price of construction dropping, it made doing this work now really feasible.”

Sam Skramstad, facilities director for the college, estimated the project will cost $250,000, which will be drawn from the college’s maintenance funds. The construction contract was awarded in February, and work is scheduled for completion this summer.

Originally constructed as a bank in 1970, the Dillon Center was acquired by the college in 2002. It constitutes one of two sites that compose the college’s Summit Campus. The other site, the new Breckenridge Center, which is off Coyne Valley Road near Highway 9, opened last summer as a replacement for the original site in downtown Breckenridge.

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