Report: Issues found at second Colorado school built by Neenan Co. |

Report: Issues found at second Colorado school built by Neenan Co.

Eric Gorski and David Olinger
The Denver Post

Structural issues have emerged at another school being constructed by the Neenan Co., a major builder of rural Colorado schools that already has admitted making mistakes that closed an $18.9 million school in Meeker.

Neenan has agreed to pay for repairs at Monte Vista High School in southern Colorado “to stiffen it up in case of a catastrophic event like an earthquake,” the district’s superintendent, Dwayne Newman, told The Denver Post on Monday.

He said Neenan plans to strengthen the connections between columns and a large metal beam in the gym, as well as perform additional work on the foundation.

The school district received a $27.6 million state grant to help pay for the new high school – which is scheduled to open in August – as well as an elementary-school renovation and addition.

Neenan already has agreed to a Colorado Department of Education request that it hire an outside firm to review the structural engineering on 15 school projects that won $150 million in grants through the Building Excellent Schools Today program, or BEST.

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