Campus construction moves ahead
Construction crews have begun installing sheetrock in the first floor apartments of Adams State's new Residences at Rex. Framing of the four-story complex is nearly complete, with sights set on finishing the roof soon, said Erik van de Boogaard, associate vice president for Facilities Planning, Design & Construction. Students residents on the fourth floor will have great views of Mt. Blanca and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east, as well as of Rex Stadium and the San Juans to the west.
This weekend, Adolfson & Peterson Construction will relocate its construction trailers north of Plachy Hall in order to begin site work around the new building. The new North Campus Green will be created in front of the building to link various student life and recreation buildings. The City of Alamosa last month approved Adams State's request to vacate the southern-most block of Stadium Drive to make way for the green. The residence life portion of the facility will house 65 students in 16 four-bedroom apartments, nearly all of which overlook the football stadium.
Van de Boogaard said the Colorado State engineer, who recently toured Adams State's construction site, said it was the most exciting project in the state.
The Residences at Rex will be an innovative structure that combines student housing with community facilities at Rex Stadium. Designers Davis Partnerships Architects say it will be the most unique facility in Division II athletics, in that it encompasses a 3,000-seat stadium with a multi-purpose room; a press box area; and 16 four-bedroom apartments that wrap the existing football field and track.
Van de Boogaard said the residence hall portion will be ready for students in early August, and the stadium area will be complete for Adams State's first home football game on August 28.
Joseph Lear of Davis Partnerships described the project: "The Adams State College Auxiliary Housing project creates a center for the athletic and student housing areas of campus and is the centerpiece of a new campus green. Its west face encloses the existing football stadium and track, while the east face completes a new dormitory and social activities quadrangle. Masonry towers, glass curtain walls, and cantilevering roofs are woven throughout the project in order to wrap the complex programs within and to create a dynamic, yet complimenting campus building on the exterior."
By Julie Waechter