CTV News: Inside the LSC construction, business closures in Fort Collins

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Jan 312013
 

Author: CTV Staff

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An in-depth look at the LSC renovation project, Fort Collins weigh in on the recent downtown business closures, and a proposed gun bill that could allow CSU professors to carry concealed weapons. All this and more on this episode of CTV.

CTV News: Inside the LSC construction, business closures in Fort Collins

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Author: CTV Staff

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An in-depth look at the LSC renovation project, Fort Collins weigh in on the recent downtown business closures, and a proposed gun bill that could allow CSU professors to carry concealed weapons. All this and more on this episode of CTV.

Fort Collins locals react to Gelazzi, Armadillo, and Beach House downtown business closures

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Jan 312013
 

Author: Kelsey Peterson

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Three Fort Collins businesses have recently closed down bringing up many questions for local residents. Gelazzi, a popular hangout sweets shop, closed its doors near the end of November, but is just beginning to sell off equipment. As seen in the Coloradoan, according to Mike Van Buskirk, director of operations at Gelazzi, the Fort Collins shop was the last of three locations to close. He says that its owner, Jan Horsfall, is getting out of the business. The reasons behind his closure are unknown. The Armadillo restaurant and Beach House Grill closed earlier in the year. According to Lisa Ruskaup, concept director for Breckenridge-Wynkoop, her company bought the Beach House’s lot and they plan to turn it into another Breckenridge restaurant and brewery. Though it’s not what everyone had in mind, many, including Ruskaup, are excited to see how the business adapts to the Fort Collins community.

To read more visit http://www.collegian.com/2013/01/28/no-more-armadillo-gelazzi-or-beach-house/

Fort Collins locals react to Gelazzi, Armadillo, and Beach House downtown business closures

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Author: Kelsey Peterson

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Three Fort Collins businesses have recently closed down bringing up many questions for local residents. Gelazzi, a popular hangout sweets shop, closed its doors near the end of November, but is just beginning to sell off equipment. As seen in the Coloradoan, according to Mike Van Buskirk, director of operations at Gelazzi, the Fort Collins shop was the last of three locations to close. He says that its owner, Jan Horsfall, is getting out of the business. The reasons behind his closure are unknown. The Armadillo restaurant and Beach House Grill closed earlier in the year. According to Lisa Ruskaup, concept director for Breckenridge-Wynkoop, her company bought the Beach House’s lot and they plan to turn it into another Breckenridge restaurant and brewery. Though it’s not what everyone had in mind, many, including Ruskaup, are excited to see how the business adapts to the Fort Collins community.

To read more visit http://www.collegian.com/2013/01/28/no-more-armadillo-gelazzi-or-beach-house/

Students react to gun bill

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Jan 312013
 

Author: Tom Mullen

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Senate bill 13-009 is a recent gun bill that would allow public school teachers to carry concealed weapons in school. CTV11 reporter Tom Mullen tells us more about it and finds out how students feel about concealed weapons

Students react to gun bill

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Author: Tom Mullen

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Senate bill 13-009 is a recent gun bill that would allow public school teachers to carry concealed weapons in school. CTV11 reporter Tom Mullen tells us more about it and finds out how students feel about concealed weapons

UPDATED: Lory Student Center construction underway

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Jan 312013
 

Author: Kirsten Swanson

[youtube]http://youtu.be/RlZLvZ3r9eg[/youtube]By Allison Sylte
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Producer’s Note:  This story is the first in a two-part series on the Lory Student Center renovations. CTV Reporter Bree Hottinger and Photojournalist Sean Korbitz contributed to the television story.

Behind the tall green fences and trailers that now line the west end of the Lory Student Center, a team of up to 30 construction workers have begun laying the foundation for the largest capital improvement project on campus in recent memory.

And once the summer is over, that team will expand to up to 300, who will work day and night to ensure that the $65 million project finishes both on time and on budget.

“It’s always unique to remodel a building while it’s being used,” said Bill Bialek, a CSU graduate and superintendent for Saunders Construction. “… It’s a challenge to be in the center of campus, and in an area that is so frequently used by students.”

Construction officially began during winter break, and so far, the crew has torn down the solarium and the west end of the south ballroom, as well as started to update the LSC’s over 50-year-old utility system.

This process has involved navigating equipment around an underground steam tunnel, slowly chipping away at the student center’s exterior with a more than $80,000 remote control jackhammer, removing the remnants of an old ice rink and carefully recycling as many bricks as possible to achieve the project’s desired sustainability rating.

In addition, the crew has meticulously tried to salvage all of the sculptures and alumni plaques from the stairwell leading to the LSC’s west entrance, as well as attempted to use as much signage as possible to ensure that students and staff members don’t accidentally enter the construction area.

Currently, the project is both on time and on budget, Bialek said.

“So far, we haven’t gotten any complaints,” Bialek said. “We’ve tried to be as low-impact as possible.”

But that didn’t mean that students returning from winter break weren’t jarred by yet another construction project on a campus where the sight of yellow tape and the sound of jackhammers is a familiar one.

“It’s horrible,” said Samantha Denard, a sophomore ethnic studies major. “I mean, we came here to come to Colorado State, [but] we go to Construction State.”

Since 2007, notable construction projects have included the Campus Recreation Center, Durell Center, the Behavioral Sciences building, Moby Arena, Rockwell Hall and the Computer Science building.

The $60 million of the LSC reconstruction project budget funded by bonds is the largest of any CSU project since 2007, according to a presentation found on the Facilities Management website.

The second most costly bonded project is the Lory Apartments, which will utilize bonds for the entirety of its $48 million budget.

University officials familiar with the bonds process were unavailable for comment by deadline.

The Lory Student Center renovation project will completely overhaul all 160,000 square feet of the facility, as well as add approximately 40,000 gross square feet. In April 2011, students approved a $70 student fee to help fund the project, which will not go into effect until fall 2015.

While the center is under construction, many of its services — including the Associated Student of CSU and the various campus advocacy offices — will be relocated to the MAC gym in the Campus Recreation Center.

“But I think all the people that are involved in the relocation, all the student services offices, diversity offices, ASCSU government… I think they are all ready to work together and make the space work because without this space, they would be dispersed across campus and maybe some of them off campus,” said Judy Muenchow, the executive director for Campus Recreation.

Take a look at collegian.com’s story relating to the move in May here.

CTV Multimedia Reporter Allison Sylte can be reached at news@collegian.com. Kirsten Swanson, Kari Pills, Sean Korbitz and Briana Hottinger contributed to this report.

UPDATED: Lory Student Center construction underway

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Jan 312013
 

Author: Kirsten Swanson

[youtube]http://youtu.be/RlZLvZ3r9eg[/youtube]By Allison Sylte
CTV News

Producer’s Note:  This story is the first in a two-part series on the Lory Student Center renovations. CTV Reporter Bree Hottinger and Photojournalist Sean Korbitz contributed to the television story.

Behind the tall green fences and trailers that now line the west end of the Lory Student Center, a team of up to 30 construction workers have begun laying the foundation for the largest capital improvement project on campus in recent memory.

And once the summer is over, that team will expand to up to 300, who will work day and night to ensure that the $65 million project finishes both on time and on budget.

“It’s always unique to remodel a building while it’s being used,” said Bill Bialek, a CSU graduate and superintendent for Saunders Construction. “… It’s a challenge to be in the center of campus, and in an area that is so frequently used by students.”

Construction officially began during winter break, and so far, the crew has torn down the solarium and the west end of the south ballroom, as well as started to update the LSC’s over 50-year-old utility system.

This process has involved navigating equipment around an underground steam tunnel, slowly chipping away at the student center’s exterior with a more than $80,000 remote control jackhammer, removing the remnants of an old ice rink and carefully recycling as many bricks as possible to achieve the project’s desired sustainability rating.

In addition, the crew has meticulously tried to salvage all of the sculptures and alumni plaques from the stairwell leading to the LSC’s west entrance, as well as attempted to use as much signage as possible to ensure that students and staff members don’t accidentally enter the construction area.

Currently, the project is both on time and on budget, Bialek said.

“So far, we haven’t gotten any complaints,” Bialek said. “We’ve tried to be as low-impact as possible.”

But that didn’t mean that students returning from winter break weren’t jarred by yet another construction project on a campus where the sight of yellow tape and the sound of jackhammers is a familiar one.

“It’s horrible,” said Samantha Denard, a sophomore ethnic studies major. “I mean, we came here to come to Colorado State, [but] we go to Construction State.”

Since 2007, notable construction projects have included the Campus Recreation Center, Durell Center, the Behavioral Sciences building, Moby Arena, Rockwell Hall and the Computer Science building.

The $60 million of the LSC reconstruction project budget funded by bonds is the largest of any CSU project since 2007, according to a presentation found on the Facilities Management website.

The second most costly bonded project is the Lory Apartments, which will utilize bonds for the entirety of its $48 million budget.

University officials familiar with the bonds process were unavailable for comment by deadline.

The Lory Student Center renovation project will completely overhaul all 160,000 square feet of the facility, as well as add approximately 40,000 gross square feet. In April 2011, students approved a $70 student fee to help fund the project, which will not go into effect until fall 2015.

While the center is under construction, many of its services — including the Associated Student of CSU and the various campus advocacy offices — will be relocated to the MAC gym in the Campus Recreation Center.

“But I think all the people that are involved in the relocation, all the student services offices, diversity offices, ASCSU government… I think they are all ready to work together and make the space work because without this space, they would be dispersed across campus and maybe some of them off campus,” said Judy Muenchow, the executive director for Campus Recreation.

Take a look at collegian.com’s story relating to the move in May here.

CTV Multimedia Reporter Allison Sylte can be reached at news@collegian.com. Kirsten Swanson, Kari Pills, Sean Korbitz and Briana Hottinger contributed to this report.

RamRise for January 31, 2013

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Jan 312013
 

Author: Ashley Wallinger

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Thursday is looking to be a bit warmer than the past couple of days. We’ll see highs in the 40s by the afternoon. The warm-up continues into Friday and the weekend and it will be back into the 50s with plenty of sunshine.

RamRise for January 31, 2013

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Author: Ashley Wallinger

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Thursday is looking to be a bit warmer than the past couple of days. We’ll see highs in the 40s by the afternoon. The warm-up continues into Friday and the weekend and it will be back into the 50s with plenty of sunshine.