San Juan College hires company for STEM-H work

Joshua Kellogg
Gretchen Gray, left, Christopher Reece and Devin Signs, work together Nov. 5, 2014, during a science lab for an introduction to chemistry class at San Juan College in Farmington.

FARMINGTON – A construction manager has been hired for the $7 million project to renovate and expand the San Juan College School of Science, Math and Engineering.

San Juan College board members approved the selection of FCI Constructors Inc. as the construction manager at risk for the project during their meeting Tuesday night.

FCI Constructors was one of four companies that submitted bid packages, and the contract is worth about $472,000, according to college Vice President for Administrative Services Ed DesPlas.

The architecture firm Dekker/Perich/Sabatini will work with FCI Constructors on the second phase of the design process, physical plant interim director Chris Harrelson said.

“(FCI Constructors) can contribute contractor knowledge and bring common-sense concepts to the table,” Harrelson said. “They can help us look at the unforeseen.”

The construction company is currently involved in the construction of Judy Nelson Elementary School in Kirtland and built the $1.2 million weight room expansion at Piedra Vista High School.

The renovation and expansion of the School of Science, Math and Engineering is a three-phase project that calls for the construction of three new classrooms, the renovation of about 43,000 square feet of existing space and the conversion of three existing classrooms into laboratories to handle increased enrollment in programs.

The project is one of several capital projects the college is currently working on. Those projects include the renovation of the classroom building at 800 S. Hutton Road, the purchase and installation of a new fire tower at the Hutton Road campus, and the renovation of the college’s 30th Street campus.

Students in a precalculus class work on assignments on Oct. 7 in the West Classroom Complex at San Juan College in Farmington.

The $7 million in funding comes from two sources: $3 million from a 2015 bond sale and $4 million from a 2014 state bond sale.

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini completed interviews with staff and faculty members during the programming phase and will use the information to develop design documents and start bidding out parts of the construction work, Harrelson said.

With a construction manager on board, Harrelson said a time frame for construction will be developed, and a completion date can be set.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.