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