For immediate release:
12:00 p.m. – Thursday, March 18, 2021

The Sangre de Cristo Volunteers for Community are in the midst of renovating a former golf clubhouse in Colorado City into the new Peaks to Prairie Community Center and trailhead. It is expected that community members will be able to use the building starting summer of 2021. An open house and celebration of the new community center will be held once COVID-19 restrictions permit.

The community will benefit from the new space to host a variety of community events. The center will host educational classes that cover safety, tax and scam protection, astronomy, art, cooking, and outdoor activities designed to improve physical well-being and respect for the environment. Residents of all ages will be able to enjoy these classes.

Educational opportunity does not stop with indoors classes. The center will also have an outdoor classroom that schools can utilize for field trips and outdoor activities.

Reconstruction of the 1971 building is a very exciting component of this project as it is being renovated with energy efficiency and the environment in mind. Enhancements will include new energy efficient windows, increased insulation, VRF heating and cooling system, hybrid water heater, two large energy efficient ceiling fans, and a solar photovoltaic system. The building will be 100 percent electric making it a sustainable long-term investment for the community.

“The center will be an example of what is possible renovating a building from the past into a building for the future,” said Tom Corlett LEED© AP, a consultant and leading manager of the Peaks to Prairie project.

San Isabel Electric and Basin Electric Power Cooperative is a major partner engaged in this innovative renovation and have made a combined donation of $6,200 toward the purchase of two large energy efficient ceiling fans. The fans will be used to ensure that there is efficient and comfortable air circulation to support all indoor activities at the community center. San Isabel Electric’s energy services program, Empower, will also continue to support this project as a lead resource in energy efficient information and products.

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