Colorado Springs-based B&M Phipps was awarded a $5.9 million contract to build a visitor center at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Denver.
About $3 million of the award will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
B&M, a woman/disabled veteran-owned small business, is expected to hire three full-time employees and several temporary trade workers from the area. At any given time, 20-30
workers could be employed onsite.
The new center, which will be located on a southwestern portion of the refuge designated as the Prairie Gateway Entrance, will replace the current visitor center. The old visitor’s center, formerly the Officers Club, will remain in use for environmental education programs and serve as a trailhead and visitor contact station for the fishing program.
The center will feature an auditorium, exhibits about the Arsenal’s history and wildlife, and interpretive classroom.
The building will incorporate several green components including geothermal heating, solar array, energy-efficient fixtures, renewable resource construction materials and natural lighting.