Construction of new dormitories at Otero Junior College is proceeding on a tight schedule, said Fred Vogelgesang, owner of High Tech Drywall & Construction of Colorado Springs, contractor for the structures of the buildings.
Construction of new dormitories at Otero Junior College is proceeding on a tight schedule, said Fred Vogelgesang, owner of High Tech Drywall & Construction of Colorado Springs, contractor for the structures of the buildings. Otero Junior College continues its policy of building facilities when the money is available for them, said President Jim Rizzuto. The cost of building two dorms now was better than building one this year and one next year. The construction of these dorms will complete the six-dorm plan for the E.J. Conley Residence Facilities on San Juan Ave.
Vogelgesang builds both residential and commercial buildings. His expertise includes steel stud framing and suspended ceilings, new construction, remodel and basements. He built one dorm last year, and was invited back for two more. Evidently his structures are sturdy. He was impressed with the velocity of the wind during our recent thunderstorms, but the construction site suffered no damage, just a scattering of some lighter equipment. His daughter and son, Kirsten and Jonathan, are working in the crew this summer.
They are on a tight time limit, with one dorm scheduled to be occupied by students on Aug. 4. The other building will follow in September. Rizzuto said the administration will look at the enrollment when the time comes, and if the new dorm is needed this year, will double up in Wunsch Hall or seek temporary quarters for the students in local hotels.
The floor plan of a room in these dormitories is two students in each room, with a large closet and vanity. The shower and toilet is situated between two rooms, used by four students. The space in the rooms looked like the same space occupied by three or four students in freshman dorms at a couple of the colleges in northern Colorado observed by the writer. The dormitory to be completed in August has a laundry and mail room, plus a handicapped-accessible shower. The dorm to be completed in September just has sleeping rooms as described.
Coming soon - the buzz of activity on San Juan Ave.