Colorado Public Works Journal, Fall / Winter 2020

14 Colorado Public Works Journal CPWJ was recently invited to tour Kiewit’s newly built equipment workshop in Aurora, Colorado. Opening in June of this year, the 36,000 square foot facility has not had many visitors due to the pandemic, “So we were thrilled to be one of the first invited for a tour” Jo Taylor of CPWJ told us. Equipment Manager Jason Halliburton showed us around the facility and told us about its development. “The ultimate goal of this facility is to perform all the equipment repair and preventative maintenance for the equipment we have on the Central 70 Project. Following that, we plan to phase into a rebuild facility for our central region which includes most of the Rocky Mountain States as well as the Great Plains region. Kiewit has one of the country’s largest equipment fleets that utilizes resources from Mexico to Canada and from Hawaii to the east coast. Kiewit shares equipment across North America, so having a maintenance facility in the center of the country allows us to be more efficient.” The location of the facility in Colorado was strategic as mentioned above; it is central and provides the needed workforce. “A lot of people are moving to Denver, so this is a great place to recruit a Kiewit opens new equipment facility in Aurora larger and stronger labor force. The City of Aurora is a great sup- porter of Kiewit’s efforts to offer good, high paying jobs with benefits for their community which is essential to their plans” he added. As we walked around the facility, there was plenty of space, giving an open and uncluttered feel to the building. The ventilation systems and spacious work areas make it possible for Kiewit to adhere to local and company policies towards keeping their staff Covid safe. They currently have 30 shop technicians and 15 field technicians working on site. A well thought out material placement helps keep the hourly staff on site and close to their work. In the parts department, barcoding max- imizes inventory management to ensure all parts needed for a job are accounted for. Pre-inspection, even prior to a machine coming into the shop, allows time for all the needed maintenance and repair parts to be ordered and staged well ahead of time. The tool room allows each employee to secure a location for their gear as well as a place for specialty items. The expansive warehouse allows for enough room so that the repair and maintenance parts