Montezuma-Cortez High School

Montezuma-Cortez High School2019-11-09T12:38:55-07:00

Project Description

Project Description

The Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 is a mid-sized school district serving the City of Cortez and its surrounding community.

The student population of the school district is approximately 2,700 students, and the school district employs 450 full- or part-time employees. The district has seven active schools – five elementary – Manaugh, Kemper, Mesa, Lewis-Arriola, and Pleasant View; one middle school – Cortez Middle School; and one high school – Montezuma-Cortez High School.

The Montezuma-Cortez High School replacement project included the complete planning, design, and construction of a replacement high school for the Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 and the demolition and rehabilitation of the existing high school structure and property. The school district acquired a 35-acre parcel for the building, and the facility consists of 162,500 SF, accommodating 725 students. The campus includes all of the requisite athletic fields and competition facilities needed by a modern high school. EEI provided LEED Fundamental and Enhanced Commissioning services for the LEED Silver and BEST project. The EEI team delivered many specific benefits to the school, including:

  1. As part of the BOD review, EEI recommended that the restroom exhaust be ducted to the ERV’s instead of dedicated exhaust fans.
  2. During design development document review EEI recommended to include a circuit setter on the boiler loop.
  3. ERV’s came with factory package controls.  The factory was reluctant to remove the controls or modify them to what the design required.  EEI led the effort to get the factory controls removed and replaced with the building automation system controls.
  4. Much of the control programming was from a previous project and several discrepancies were noted. EEI continued to review the system until all of the discrepancies were resolved.
  5. Slot diffusers in the library were making significant noise. EEI reviewed the manufactures cut sheets and found that they could be quieted by adjusting interior blades.  This was done and balance reduced the air flow down to right at design.  The noise at this level is acceptable.
  6. Many physical issues with the ERV’s were brought to attention and addressed by the contractor. Leaky doors, incorrectly sized filter racks, faulty paint, motor pulleys coming off, fan pulleys coming loose, etc. EEI physically inspected the units each visit and reported issues.  The contractors had to replace most of the pulleys and rework doors and filter racks.

Project Details


Cortez, CO


162,000 SF


$32 Million (Construction)





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