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Former Avon Town Hall demolition project starting March 1 will affect skier parking

The old Avon Town Hall building is due to be demolished in the city’s 2021 budget. Daily Special.

The demolition project for the former Avon Town Hall site is scheduled to begin March 1, after city council has approved a $ 571,000 contract with Tasman Geosciences.

The Denver-based demolition company is currently working on the largest asbestos-containing soil remediation project in the state. on the National Western Stock Show website. Following this project, the company will mobilize in Avon.

“We were given a window of about 35 days to complete (the Denver project), incredibly, and we’re almost there,” Michael Lindstrom of Tasman Geosciences told city council on Tuesday. “So by the time we start (the Avon Project), we will demobilize from the National Western Stock Show and have a lot of hands available.”

The Tasman team will also have a tight turnaround in Avon City. This is part of the reason why city council wanted to speak to Lindstrom on Tuesday before approving the contract.

In asking city staff to set up a meeting with Lindstrom, Avon board members expressed frustration with previous projects in the city where contractors were not meeting deadlines.

After speaking to Lindstrom on February 9, the decision to use Tasman Geosciences for demolition was approved by 6 to 1, with board member Chico Thuon voting against the contract. At a previous meeting, Thuon had expressed apprehension at the city’s policy of always choosing the lowest bidder.

“We haven’t been very lucky with the contractors at all,” Thuon said at the city meeting on January 26.

City Councilor Lindsay Hardy said Tuesday she didn’t expect this to be an issue with Tasman Geosciences.

“These guys seem to be more reliable than some of the other people we’ve worked with,” Hardy said.

Will affect parking for skiers

Referring to the major fear associated with the demolition project, council member Tamra Underwood told Lindstrom that Avon not opening the park in time for the summer would be “an absolute disaster for the city.”

But Underwood said there was pressure on the other end of the project as well, as early March will affect Beaver Creek skiers who use the old Town Hall lot to park to access the estate. skiable via the Westin Riverfront Gondola. The old town hall parking lot will be closed to the public from the start of the project.

Underwood made a strong request to Tasman: “Once you block off a ski parking lot, you are absolutely on site from the next moment to work there, so that those ski parking spots are not consumed by inaction.” . “

Lindstrom said Tasman is well equipped for the high pressure situation.

“We are working on military bases to relieve military families after the hurricanes, with the base general demanding that the homes be returned and that the base be operational as soon as possible,” he said.

Short lead time, long to come

In Avon, the demolition of Town Hall has been the subject of discussion for years, dating back to the 2019 Budget, which was prepared as municipal staff moved into the New Town Hall in 2018. At that time, the demolition of the old town hall building was planned for the 2019 budget, but was postponed to 2020.

The demolition project did not take place in 2020 and was blocked again until 2021.

In a competitive bid held in January, Tasman Geosciences ranked last of four companies to bid with a bid of $ 571,235. The next lowest bid was $ 714,987 from American Demolition, Inc.

Representatives from Tasman, sensing the tight turnaround time, completed the asbestos project design and permit application and submitted it to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment before they are actually approved for the contract.

“We will start running with the preparation for the reduction on March 1,” Lindstrom said.

The asbestos removal portion of the project – blamed for the high cost of demolishing the 12,000 square foot building – is expected to take four to five weeks, while the demolition itself is expected to take three weeks and the remaining site work is expected to take approximately two weeks, Tasman Geosciences vice president Jon Morgan told Avon city council.

“Trucking and moving material off site could potentially be affected by weather conditions, and that would be the only delay,” Morgan said. “We have about two or three weeks of floating in the schedule. … If everything went perfectly, you’re looking at about nine weeks, and if we’ve used every part of that float, you’re looking at 12 weeks.

Lindstrom said he appreciated that the park will be in high demand this summer.

“When people go to their first concert on June 1, it will be like we’ve never been,” he said.

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