Alternatives Analysis/ Planning, Architectural Design
Originally constructed in 2010, Mesa County’s Animal Services building developed floor damage due to unstable soils almost immediately. The damage became so severe over the following years to render the building unusable. Blythe Group was retained in 2016 to identify alternatives for repair or replacement. This study identified repair as the most economical alternative. To do this, operations were relocated to temporary structures while the permanent building was completely gutted, leaving just the foundation, exterior walls, and roof which had all been stable. Inside, the concrete slab on grade was removed completely and a crawlspace dug to prevent contact with the Earth. Micropiles were drilled and installed to support a steel floor structure that a new slab was poured over, followed by all the walls, doors and finishes. Mesa County reoccupied in November 2017.
The First Responder Training Facility fulfills the need for regional fire training in Western Colorado. Completion of Phase I will enable initial training capabilities for the City of Grand Junction and Western Colorado.
Development of Site utilities
Securing Site perimeter
Construction of a secure entrance
Development/ implementation of a pond for first responder training use
Landscape berm development of physical barrier between existing cemetery adjacent to the current site
Construction of a 4 story burn tower
Design and development of a training facility
Development of the remaining portion of Site
City of Grand Junction