Grand Valley Architect Challenges School Board For Using Outside Firms

Mesa County School District 51 board members heard criticism from local architects at Tuesday night's school board meeting concerning the amount of design work that has been granted to contractors outside the Grand Valley.

Kreg Obergfell with DKO Architect's expressed his concerns that with the project only 60 day underway that already the project manager, Blythe Design and Company, has awarded a significant portion of the work to contractors that aren't local. He said he represents a number of area contractors.

Obergfell also reminded the board that when the school bond was presented to the public one of the points that was strongly highlighted was that the work would be kept local. Project Managwer Roy Blythe said the selections have been based on qualifications and local architects are teaming up with Denver firms who can handle a larger capacity. Even so, Blythe said most of the fees and work will remain local.

School Board President Ron Rowely said the board is happy with the work Blythe has presented to them and feels the project team is doing everything necessary to complete the school bond project in the most effective way possible.

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