Colorado Public Works Journal, Fall / Winter 2020

Fall/Winter 2020 15 for each machine can be staged, minimizing the amount of time any machine is down. A foreman’s library is equipped with computer workstations and a viewport allowing the shift leadership to stay on top of the work going on and all the administrative duties. All these components come together to allow the technicians to work in a safe environment with the utmost efficiency. The shop has six, 30 feet wide, 60 feet deep and 45 feet high bays. The bays are configured for drive through which provides the capa- bility to work on large equipment such as crawler cranes or large rigid framed trucks. There are also two wash bays that use recycled water to knock off large debris from the equipment. The water comes from hoses/cannons that spray 260 gallons per minute. The system, while costly up front, saves Kiewit money in the long term and highlights the effort the company makes towards environmental stewardship. Four of the maintenance bays are equipped with embedded “rail” in the concrete that supports the equipment and mitigates concrete wear. All six of the maintenance bays and one of the wash bays are accessible with one of two 30 ton overhead cranes. All these features combined allow the maintenance crew to work efficiently and effectively on preventative maintenance for the Central 70 Project and other Kiewit clients to keep their fleet running efficiently. The second floor of the building houses the administrative staff and supervisor offices. With fifteen offices, twenty-four cubicles, two con- ference rooms and a break room, this space is the home for Kiewit Equipment Services (KES) staff as well as the Central 70 team. At the rear of both buildings is Kiewit’s very own asphalt plant. Currently the largest customer is the Central 70 Project; however, the plant was not constructed for that sole purpose. Kiewit regularly supplies outside contractors and the state and local municipalities on an “as needed” basis. Once the Central 70 Project is complete, Kiewit will maintain this plant to supply those in need for many years to come. The plant can produce 400 tons of asphalt an hour and has a 750 ton silo capacity. It was easy to see why Jason and his team were happy to be working in such a great environment, enabling them to do a good job. The equipment facility reflects Kiewit’s commitment to its equipment fleet and fleet management.