Mar 17, 2015

New building on track for fair, commissioners told

Work on a new multi-use facility for the Park County Fairgrounds hasn’t gone according to schedule, but the contractor still believes it can finish the building before the 2015 fair.

Cold weather set in before most of the concrete could be poured last fall, which delayed general contractor Synergy Construction’s initial plans.

However, “They’re sticking to their original schedule,” Ron Yount, the project architect with Plan One Architects, told county commissioners last week.

“They (Synergy officials) have in the past expressed that they would be manning the job as necessary to work that original completion date,” Yount said of finishing by fair. “So they’ve committed to that, still.”

Yount said all the concrete for the main area and south wing of the building had been poured, with the final concrete in the north end to come as soon as underground plumbing is completed there. The main metal frame was erected earlier this month, and minor framing was underway last week.

The new multi-use building is seen on Monday, March 16. Photo by Toby Bonner
“It’s obviously been a frustrating weather schedule that’s been happening, but they (Synergy) have made a lot of progress since that concrete has been down,” Yount said.

“A lot of good weather,” added Commissioner Tim French.

The commissioners welcomed the report. They also remained bully on what the new 16,103 square foot, $3.1 million facility will mean for the area.

“That building down there, the events that are going to come into the town of Powell could be amazing,” French said.

Commissioner Bucky Hall believes the completed facility will have the only publicly available commercial kitchen in the city.

“That will be pretty significant,” Hall said. “If all of sudden someone over there bites the bullet and adds on or builds a nice new big motel, that will change the landscape of people coming to Park County for events — because it will be the nicest events place in the whole Big Horn Basin.”

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