Project diverts water at Castle Creek near Aspen |

Project diverts water at Castle Creek near Aspen

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – The Castle Creek streamflow was diverted last week near the site of the Aspen Music School construction project to accommodate the installation of new water lines below the creek bed, a school official said.

“The city of Aspen requires that those water lines are buried in the ground,” said Jennifer Elliot, the school’s vice president for finance and administration. “The only way to get it buried in the ground is to reroute the creek while you do that.”

The creek detour required a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit, she said.

“It’s all back and running along its normal course,” Elliot said. “This was all done last week.”

The project is a $60 million joint redevelopment initiative of the Aspen Music Festival and School and Aspen Country Day School. The two entities share a campus off Castle Creek Road about one mile southwest of downtown Aspen.

An agreement between the two entities provides for construction of more than 10 new buildings in three phases. The first phase, which got under way in August, includes a new Lower School building for Country Day, which also will function as studios and classrooms for the music school, and two rehearsal halls for music students, which also will serve as learning centers for the arts for Country Day. The first stage also involves construction of two new bridges, one of which was completed in June.

While the work is being done, Country Day is being temporarily housed on the Aspen Meadows campus. The first phase is set to be completed by September.

“The project’s coming along great,” Elliot said. “It’s a really tight schedule. Some of the facilities need to be done by next June, before the music festival, and some of the facilities are scheduled to be done by next September, when Country Day moves back onto campus. Right now we’re on schedule and on budget.”

Phase II will include a third rehearsal hall on campus, which also will serve as Country Day’s gymnasium. A new building that will house a cafeteria to serve both entities as well as some administrative offices also is planned.

Phase II will probably start in September 2014 and finish a year later, Elliot said.

Phase III will consist of some remodeling of existing buildings on the campus, one being a historic building that houses administrative offices and another being the Castle Creek Building that Country Day uses.

That stage, according to potential timetables, might begin in September 2015, Elliot said.

“That schedule is still kind of loose,” she added. “It could start in 2016.”

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