Ribbon cutting set for June 26

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Ceremony will be held at the new flagpole

By Special to the Monitor

The Los Alamos County Council invites the public to the grand opening of the Pajarito Cliffs Site (formerly known as the Airport Basin Site) at 10 a.m. on June 26.

The Pajarito Cliffs Site is the home of the following county and school district facilities: warehouse, parks, purchasing, risk management, shop, traffic, transit, fleet, utilities, pavement and facilities operations.

A new flagpole is being installed in the next two weeks at the gated entrance and the ceremony will take place at the flagpole. A new American flag will be raised in a color guard ceremony featuring local Boy Scouts, followed by the council’s dedication of a special plaque and sign for the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

There will then be an official “ribbon cutting” at the gate, followed by refreshments. The public is welcome to tour the facilities with county staff after the ceremony.

The tour is expected to last approximately 45 minutes. Special guests joining the council for this June 26 event include past councilors (2008) and the Los Alamos Public Schools’ Board of Education and schools’ administration.

They will join the council in the ceremony and ribbon cutting.

Groundbreaking for the Pajarito Cliffs Site took place in Spring 2008 using a

construction-manager-at-risk method.

The goal of the project was to relocate all county and school district buildings from the Trinity Site (across the street from Marimac Plaza) in order to demolish the old buildings and clear the site for a mixed-use lifestyle center, which is known as the Trinity Site Revitalization Project.

County and schools operations staff moved to the Pajarito Cliffs Site between January-March 2010. The last move off the Trinity Site, which is the relocation of school administration and the board’s Conference Room to 2075 Trinity (known to many as the 3-story C de Baca building) is nearly complete. Demolition of many of the structures on the Trinity Site has already taken place and work on that project should wrap up this fall.

County staff from Capital Projects and Facilities, including the project team members, along with construction manager Hensel Phelps, Inc. and architect W H Pacific, will all be on hand at the special ceremony on June 26. The buildings were designed to LEEDs Silver standards, in accordance with County Resolution 06-18 for construction of new county facilities. Special LEEDs features will be noted during the public tour.

Pajarito Cliffs Site is located on Camino Entrada, just north of DeColores Restaurant on N.M. 502. The public should plan to park inside the gate (watch for directional signs) and then walk a short distance to the flagpole site.