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Fall 2022 3 The Colorado Public Works Journal Jo Taylor, Managing Editor Editor PUBLIC WORKS COLORADO J O U R N A L REMEMBER that Colorado Public Works Journal can be read online, on your phone, tablet or other mobile device. Please go there, take a look and let us know what you think. Coloradopublicworksjournal.com know that I have said this before but I really am in awe of each and every one of you who work in our industry. Having spent several weeks on research for this particular issue I have once again been exposed to learning even more about what jobs make up our field of work. How can one not want to work here? Starting on page 9 we look at the wonderful projects that APWA have given awards to this year. Seeing what the various agencies have accomplished working together with architectural and engineering firms. These organizations will all be recognised at the luncheon at the APWA CO Chapter Conference to be held on October 25th at the Denver Marriott West in Golden. Please be sure to register. My involvement as a board member with the Women of Asphalt is gaining momentum as the Colorado branch grows. We held our second annual BBQ in August and our attendance numbers doubled from that of last year. See page 65. We are planning lots of fun activities, both social and educational, for the remainder of this year and into 2023. Do please reach out to me if you would like to learn more, or attend one of the events. I was once again invited to the Douglas County Public Works Training Event, which took place on September 8th. Another hot Colorado day, saw over 100 DCPW employees test their skills on snow plows, motorgraders, excavators, backhoe, and skid steers. Talking to some of the participants they told me it was a great opportunity for them to hone their skills and be able to learn new ones, with no pressure. See our PS on page 64. The ‘Careers in Construction’ supplement can be found on pages 23 to 46. This piece has been designed to be a pull out and keep booklet that you can show to friends, family, neigbours, anyone in fact, who may be looking to start a career, or is wanting a career change. In it we give a brief profile of some of the many jobs available in our industry. The idea is to give the reader a glimpse of what might interest them enough to learn more, apply and start a new career. Thanks to our advertising partners CPWJ have also published the Careers in Construction supplement as a separate item that can be used as a hand out at career fairs, school events, college fairs etc. If your company is attending such an event please do contact us for extra copies, we would be happy to supply them complimentary. As we move towards the end of the year, we at CPWJ are starting to plan the editorial calendar for 2023, together with reviewing advertising contracts for next year. If you would like to partner with us on an article, an advertising program, or an event you would like us to attend. Please do let me know. I would be happy to come and see you to discuss the opportunities available. I
4 Colorado Public Works Journal 06 Works News Equipment 07 Works News Updates 09 2022 APWA Awards 37th Annual APWA Award Nominations 23 Careers in Colorado Construction A guide to careers in our industry 48 2022 APWA Awards (cont.) 37th Annual APWA Award Nominations 53 Industry Insights Janae Hunderman 56 Association News APWA, ACEC, RTD, CDOT, ACPA, CCA, CAPA, CRMCA 64 PS! (Parting Shots) Out and about at industry events in Colorado 66 Advertisers Index Our Corporate Partners Contents Cover Image: Trainee roadworker. Image copyright © CoteriePress page 35 COLORADO PUBLIC WORKS JOURNAL (ISSN 1555-8258) is published bimonthly in January, March, May, July, September and November CPWJ is published by Coterie Press Ltd., 5 White Birch, Littleton, CO 80127. (303) 933-2526 coloradopublicworksjournal.com Managing Editor: Jo Taylor, (720) 360-6737 firstname.lastname@example.org Editor: William Taylor (303) 933-2526 email@example.com Volume 18. No.5, Sptember 2022 Fall 2022 : Volume 18, No.5 Production: Coterie Press Design: Violet Cruz Printed by: One Stop Printing Subscription, Mailing Services and Accounting firstname.lastname@example.org Subscription $30.00 per year in the USA Periodicals Postage Paid in Denver, Colorado. Postmaster: Send address changes to: Coterie Press Ltd., 5 White Birch, Littleton, CO 80127. Contents copyright © 2022 by Coterie Press Ltd. All rights reserved Colorado Public Works Journal is an independent publication designed to be of service and interest to those providing civil services related to infrastructure construction and maintenance and allied fields, including government officials, heavy/civil contractors, engineers and architects, distributors, dealers and manufacturers of equipment and materials, and providers of services to government agencies and the construction and development industry Colorado Public Works Journal accepts no responsibility or liability for the validity of information and articles supplied by contributors, vendors, advertisers or advertising agencies. Opinions expressed are those of the individual writers and do not necessarily represent the views of the publishers of CPWJ.
6 Colorado Public Works Journal EQUIPMENT Works News Winter Equipment Outlines Plans for the Future Winter Equipment, an established name in the DOT, municipal and contractor snow and ice management industry, is poised for a breakout season in the commercial snow removal market. For over 30 years Winter Equipment has been involved in the government snow removal market. Over the past three decades, the company has grown and evolved to offer a complete line of plow systems, plow guards, plow accessories and road maintenance products. In more recent years, Winter has transitioned into the commercial contractor snow removal market by bringing its expertise and knowledge from its time in the government space. “I see this as a significant opportunity to provide our quality parts to the commercial contractor market that doesn’t currently have that available,” said Kent Winter, founder and CEO of Winter Equipment. “In five years, we anticipate that our business in the commercial space will equal what we do in the government space as we expand our business.” Winter continues to develop an ecommerce platform on its recently relaunched website to provide opportunities for the market to purchase if a local distributor retailer isn’t available. Winter is also looking to develop partnerships with local dealers and distributors to better help supply to its customers. As part of this growth plan, Winter is committed to investing in personnel, inventory and manufacturing capacity. Fun at the Inaugural CRMCA Mixer Truck Driver Championship Most years, Concrete Producer companies in the State of Colorado hold a competition for their own drivers to provide recognition, build spirit, and qualify their drivers for the National competition. For the first time, the Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association (CRMCA) hosted a Mixer Truck Driver Championship. The event was held on Saturday, August 20, 2022. What is a Mixer Truck Driver Competition? The best way to describe this fun event is a combination of a test of a driver’s skills, knowledge, and awareness in and around a mixer truck. The competition consists of a written exam, a Safety Check walk-around, and an obstacle course. The first two events are meant to evaluate the driver’s understanding of the truck they drive and the rules and responsibilities of being a mixer truck driver. The third event, the obstacle course, challenges drivers to know the vehicle they drive daily. The obstacle course consists of eight to ten stations challenging the drivers to parallel park, back up, make a tight turn, stop correctly on a scale, etc., plus additional events including bowling and basketball. The CRMCA Mixer Truck Driver Championship event this year was a great start to what we hope is a yearly event that will continue to grow. The event included thirteen mixer truck drivers from across Colorado’s Front Range. In addition, there were nearly twenty volunteers from the industry making the event run smooth, and close to 100 spectators for the free and exciting event! After a full day of events, the CRMCA would like to say thank you to all their sponsors. And, of course, a special congratulations to our winners of the day! •1st Place – Lenny Bemis with Action Ready Mix • 2nd Place – Talon Bow with Holcim South i.e. Transit Mix • 3rd Place – Sisto Ortega with Peak Ready Mix The first-place winner of the competition will have the opportunity to compete in the National Ready Mixed Concrete (NRMCA) National Mixer Driver Championship being held in Colorado this year on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, CO. The CRMCA hopes to see everyone at the 2nd Annual Mixer Truck Driver Championship!
Fall 2022 7 UPDATES Works News Northern Water Awards $180,000 in Additional Grants for Water-Efficient Landscape Projects Another round of water-efficient landscape renovations are underway across Northern Colorado, with the help of funding from Northern Water and the organization’s many partnerships with local municipalities, homeowners associations and other entities. Northern Water is providing about $180,000 in grants to new projects in 2022 through its Water-Efficient Landscape Grant Program, now in its fourth year. With this year’s funding, Northern Water has contributed about $575,000 in grants over the past four years to 47 projects. When factoring in the matching funds required of each recipient, that’s about $1.15 million total in water-efficient landscape revamps that have gotten underway through the grant program, with those projects covering approximately 5.5 million square feet of landscape within Northern Water’s boundaries. Grants have ranged from about $2,500 to $20,000, which is the maximum awarded, funding projects that have included irrigation system upgrades, transitions to water-wise plantings, native-grass conversions, incorporation of soil amendments, and more. In addition to helping fund the projects, Northern Water also provides signage at each site, in an effort to help educate the public about the many benefits of these water-efficient landscapes. “With the millions of square-feet of landscape that have been renovated, in combination with the countless residents who’ve seen the positive impacts of these projects, this grant program has achieved exactly what we always hoped it would,” said Frank Kinder, Water Efficiency Department Manager at Northern Water. Here are the 2022 recipients and the projects that Northern Water’s grant program is currently supporting: Boulder County • Arapahoe Ridge HOA in Erie, upgrading irrigation systems across 227,810 square-feet of landscape, as well as incorporating low-water plants in portions of its commons areas Larimer County • First Christian Church of Loveland, conducting irrigation system upgrades across 40,000-square-feet of landscape • Harvest Gold HOA in Loveland, upgrading irrigation systems and applying carbon-based soil amendments to improve water infiltration and retention across 120,000 square-feet of its community parks • Lemay Avenue Estates in Fort Collins, converting 27,053 square-feet of bluegrass to a native grass blend and water-wise plants, as well as well making irrigation system upgrades • Observatory Village in Fort Collins, replacing bluegrass and overhead irrigation with drip irrigation and native perennials and shrubs across nearly about 2,000 square-feet of narrow street-strip areas • Parkwood Meadows in Fort Collins, replacing 5,363 square-feet of bluegrass with multiple water-efficient demonstration landscapes, featuring a walking path and a Dog Tuff low-water grass area • Sunstone Townhomes in Fort Collins, replacing bluegrass and overhead irrigation with low-water plants and drip irrigation across 4,000 square-feet of narrow street-strip areas • Town of Berthoud, upgrading irrigation systems across 37,350 square-feet of its city parks Weld County • City of Evans, developing 4,840 square-feet of demonstration gardens that showcase beautiful, low-water landscape designs and plant material • First Congregational Church of Greeley, replacing 16,400 square-feet of bluegrass with low-water garden beds • Highpointe Vista Metro District in Windsor, converting about 5 acres of bluegrass to a native grass blend PERMANENT PAVEMENT REPAIR MATERIAL UniquePavingMaterials.com Todd Mellema 303-935-2485 email@example.com ALL WEATHER SOLUTIONS AVAILABLE IN BAGS & BULK
8 Colorado Public Works Journal UPDATES Works News Faris Machinery Announced as Exclusive Dealer for Leeboy FARIS MACHINERY COMPANY and LEEBOY are excited to announce that Faris Machinery has been chosen as the exclusive Dealer for Leeboy and Rosco products, serving Colorado and Southern Wyoming. Faris Machinery is a full-service dealer for LeeBoy, to include Asphalt Pavers, Rosco Brooms, Force Feed Loaders, Asphalt Patchers, Motor Graders, and Tack Trailers. Faris Machinery Company is excited to offer the world class line of LeeBoy equipment, deepening our specialization in the asphalt paving market. Faris Machinery provides a full-service experience, selling New Equipment, providing Rentals, Parts, Service, and Training. Faris Machinery has three locations- Commerce City, Grand Junction, and Colorado Springs, strategically located to serve our customers. Faris Machinery is well positioned with knowledgeable staff, factory trained technicians and mobile service capabilities. Giles Poulson, President of Faris Machinery states: “With our sales staff and technicians having over 70 years of combined experience, adding the LeeBoy and Rosco lines to our portfolio is a great opportunity for us to add value to our industry!” We strive to partner with our customers, making you the priority, helping you be more efficient, and helping grow your bottom line. Faris Machinery is committed to providing quality equipment and after-sales support, for the lifetime of your machine! Sunland Asphalt Supports Touch-a-Truck Over 1500 children with their families attended Douglas County Fairgrounds Event Center on Saturday 20th August for the annual Touch -A –Truck event hosted by Castle Rock Police Department. Allowing families to explore the many vehicles that serve the community from police cars, to fire trucks to helicopters and of course, excavators, skid steers and more. There were lines of kids waiting for the opportunity to get up in the cabs and honk the horn loud and often, which they did with relish. Parents were walking around with earplugs! CRPD started the annual touch-a-truck event in 2016 and it garners more visitors with each year that goes by. Children were able to climb inside the vehicles, honk the horn and learn what the machine does and how it serves the community. “We were thrilled to support this local event for the community” said Liz Mance of Sunland. º
Mike Martin, APWA Colorado Chapter Past President Past President Fall 2022 9 2022 APWA AWARDS Winners of the 37th Annual Colorado Chapter American Public Works Association Awards Presented by Colorado Public Works Journal A huge congratulations to all of those who submitted for the 2022 Colorado Chapter Awards. This is an exciting year for the Colorado Chapter as we celebrate our 60th anniversary. As we continue to navigate the recovery from a global pandemic, our member agencies continue to excel and recognize numerous outstanding projects and individuals in the Colorado public works field. As many of you reading these words know all too well, it takes many, many hours of dedication and commitment within our public works community to deliver successful projects. I’d like to ask all of you to recognize these projects, along with their municipal agencies and consultant teams for their contributions as the best projects in Colorado over the past year. I’d also like to ask you to recognize the individual awardees for their contributions and dedication to their communities and organizations. These individuals clearly went above and beyond to deliver excellent service every single day. For the nine award categories, awards were given in each category based on a community’s population size (Small being less than 25,000; Medium being between 25,000 and 100,00; and Large being greater than 100,000). This year, there are also 3 individual awardees that are being recognized for their outstanding contributions. Next year’s request for project and individual nominations will go out in May of 2022. Please mark your calendars as we’d like to recognize more projects and individuals! The 2022 Colorado Chapter Award winners will be honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 25th at the Denver Marriott West in Golden. The Colorado Chapter will also present the 2022 Korbitz Award as part of the luncheon and the 2022 Project of the Year. Additionally, the Colorado Chapter encourages all nominations, even if not selected for a Chapter award, to submit your nomination to the APWA National awards program. The deadline for submitting nominations to National has not been set yet but is typically the first week of March 2023. Keeping with the theme of celebrating, the Colorado APWA Chapter has again been recognized for the National 2022 Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence (PACE). The PACE Award recognizes APWA chapters for contributions made to positively impact their membership, profession, and community. It takes many dedicated hours of work of our Chapter’s members throughout the year to receive this prestigious award. A special thank you to everyone that contributed to the application and to our Chapter Administrator Pam Weimer for organizing this effort. The award was presented to the Colorado Chapter in conjunction with the APWA Public Works Expo (PWX) in Charlotte, North Carolina in late August. Finally, as public agencies enter the fall, many of you are wrapping up budgets, wrapping up summer programs and preparing for the winter season ahead. As always, limited resources, growing populations and increasing demands for service cause us all to continually improve the efficiency of the ways we deliver public services. I look forward to seeing next year’s crop of award nominees and the inspirational ways they attack these challenges to make our communities better! Mike Martin, PE Past President, APWA Colorado Chapter
10 Colorado Public Works Journal 2022 APWA AWARD WINNING PROJECTS ADMINISTRATION SMALL COMMUNITY • City of Greenwood Village DISASTER OR EMERGENCY CONSTRUCTION & REPAIR LARGE COMMUNITY • Mesa County SMALL COMMUNITY • City of Lone Tree ENVIRONMENT LARGE COMMUNITY • City & County of Denver OPERATIONS/MAINTENANCE SMALL COMMUNITY • City of Edgewater PARKS & TRAILS LARGE COMMUNITY • Boulder County MEDIUM COMMUNITY • Town of Windsor PUBLIC OUTREACH LARGE COMMUNITY • City & County of Denver SMALL COMMUNITY • City of Salida STRUCTURES MEDIUM COMMUNITY • City of Northglenn SUSTAINABILITY LARGE COMMUNITY • Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority MEDIUM COMMUNITY • City of Loveland SMALL COMMUNITY • Town of Estes Park TRANSPORTATION LARGE COMMUNITY • City & County of Denver (DOTI) MEDIUM COMMUNITY • City of Steamboat Springs SMALL COMMUNITY • Town of Estes Park INDIVIDUAL AWARDS Outstanding Public Works Employee SMALL COMMUNITY • Kit Lammers, City of Edgewater Professional Manager of the Year - Administrative Management SMALL COMMUNITY • Abby Meyer, City of Lone Tree Professional Manager of the Year - Transportation LARGE COMMUNITY • John Essex, City & County of Denver PROJECT OF THE YEAR • Town of Superior Granular Activated Carbon System, Town of Superior American Public Works Associationis an international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services. Originally chartered in 1937, APWAis the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world, with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, an office in Washington, D.C., and 63 chapters throughout North America. APWAprovides a forum in which public works professionals can exchange ideas, improve professional competency, increase the performance of their agencies and companies, and bring important public works-related topics to public attention in local, state and federal arenas. The association is a highly participatory organization, with hundreds of opportunities for leadership and service, and a network of several dozen national committees in every area of public works. Governed by a eightteen member board of directors elected at both the regional and national levels, APWAis an open, flexible association with a diversified membership of 30,000 and a reputation for quality services and products
Fall 2022 11 The Marshall Fire of December 30, 2021 had serious impacts on Superior's water treatment system. Because of depressurization of the distribution network caused by fire-fighting efforts, CDPHE imposed a boil order on Superior. Once the Town's water treatment plant resumed normal operations and the entire distribution network was flushed and tested, CDPHE lifted the boil order. However, the Town began receiving complaints about smoky smelling and tasting water. Town staff traced this issue to ash deposited in and around the Town's 400 acre-ft. raw water storage reservoir. The Town contracted with a firm to remove ash from the banks around the reservoir. This will prevent the ash deposited on the banks from mixing into the reservoir. This work was completed in early April, but complaints about smoky taste and odor persisted. In early March, the Town's consultants and contractors identified installation of a granular activated carbon (GAC) system as the best method of removing ash from the water supply. After investigating similar systems on the market staff recommended installation of the Evoqua Water Technologies rental GAC system that includes six, 10ft. diameter steel vessels. The Superior Town Board approved this method and authorized funds for the implementation on April 4, 2022. The Town retained Dewberry Consulting Engineers for design of modifications to the water treatment plant to accommodate the GAC system. Garney Construction was brought on board to prepare the site and install the piping and electrical components needed to run the system. The six tanks arrived in early June and the piping work completed on June 30. The carbon was pumped in soon after and the GAC system was brought on-line on July 15, 2022. The Marshall Fire deposited significant amounts of fire-related debris into and around the Superior's Terminal source water reservoir. As a result, a smoky taste and odor was imparted on Superior’s drinking water. In four months Superior planned, designed, procured and installed a Granular Activated Carbon System which eliminated taste and odor issues with its drinking water supply. Town of Superior Granular Activated Carbon System TOWN OF SUPERIOR PROJECT OF THE YEAR
12 Colorado Public Works Journal SMALL COMMUNITY ADMINISTRATION City of Greenwood Village - Efficient Management of Citywide Street Light Maintenance MEDIUM COMMUNITY STRUCTURES The Northglenn Recreation Center, Theatre, and Senior Center facility replaced an aging facility to support the City of Northglenn. In addition to the building, the site was also developed, and the team had to plan for expanded master plan uses by considering future developments. The facility was developed adjacent to the existing facility and maintained community access to the existing building and City Hall during the entire duration of construction. Upon completion the community City of Northglenn - Northglenn Recreation Center, Theatre and Senior Center now has a more efficient building, not only in terms of energy usage, but also in access and usability of the building. With the multiple building uses, diligent use of public funds, and input from the community it is a shining example of public works done right. In 2020, Greenwood Village took ownership of over 1200 streetlights from Xcel Energy, including 40 mid-mast interstate lights on I-25 and I-225. To assist with the newly acquired maintenance of the city’s street light infrastructure, Greenwood Village awarded a street light maintenance contract for the fall of 2020. Initially, street light outages were reported to the contractor via email with a PDF attachment of the work order created in Cityworks, Greenwood Village’s asset management system. This process created inefficient coordination and tracking methodology for staff. An added benefit of the shared web map for the contractor is the ability to edit the map in the field during and after repairs. Staff understood the importance of reporting in real time by providing the contractor with a tool that could be updated on site. The ease of access to the map and the ability for the contractor to upload supporting documents, photos, comments, and updates on the repair status has streamlined the efficiency of the street light maintenance. The City of Greenwood Village worked with their internal GIS coordinator and an external lighting contractor to develop a shared web map that facilitated efficient communication of street light outages and management of their repair status. This system is in its second year of use and has significantly improved the overall management of the citywide street light infrastructure.
Fall 2022 13 ENVIRONMENT LARGE COMMUNITY The 27th Street Storm Interceptor project created a storm sewer system within the Five Points neighborhood that would convey a 100-year flood event—and did it with minimal disruption to one of Denver’s busiest areas. The project includes a largediameter storm drain designed to relieve drainage and flooding issues in the surrounding neighborhoods by connecting a new 78-inch to 96-inch storm sewer interceptor to an underutilized existing 108-inch storm drain at Coors Field Parking Garage at Blake Street. Not only did the project respect and preserve the historical integrity of the location, but it was also completed on a tight schedule that accommodated significant community events like the Rockies games during Championship Season and the Denver Saint Patrick’s Day parade that has been a community tradition since 1962. City & County of Denver - 27th Street Storm Interceptor scan for more info
14 Colorado Public Works Journal LARGE COMMUNITY DISASTER OR EMERGENCY CONSTRUCTION The Pine Gulch Fire was started by a lightning strike on July 31, 2020, approximately 18 miles north of Grand Junction. The fire rapidly spread through grass, sage, pinyon juniper and fir forest. The fire burned a total of 139,007 acres. As a result, the USDA and the Baer Team completed an assessment of the burn area and found areas that could benefit from remediation projects to protect life and property. Mesa County proceeded with one of the recommended projects, the Pine Gulch Roan Creek Bank Stabilization Project. This project received an Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) grant from the USDA to support 80% of the design and construction cost. Mesa County’s design build met the deadline of the EWP and fall monsoons. The project was aimed at: • Stormwater runoff peak flow and volume increase after fire in the upstream watershed. • Homes and properties were at high risk above a steep bank. The homes were already experiencing erosion and could increase with peak flows due to the fire. Mesa County - Pine Gulch Roan Creek Bank Stabilization Project • Dense vegetation was choking the channel and the floodplain can catch debris and worsen flooding effects. In a short timeframe, Mesa County, and their contractor were able to complete a design build project that completed the project within the time restraints, completed a variety of bank protection including riprapping the channels, installing 24” and 36” boulder walls along the channel, realigning the channels to minimize further bank erosion, and removal of dense vegetation. This project was able to meet criteria and a fast deadline for design and construction, as well as all environmental regulations and protect homes from future flood events due to the aftermath of the Pine Gulch Fire.
Fall 2022 15 On February 19, 2021, the Sky Ridge Bridge (Lone Tree Structure 4) was struck by an over height excavator which was being transported on a flatbed trailer on I-25. The excavator arm struck the exterior concrete bulb tee girder and severed 14 post tensioned strands making up 35% of the strands in the girder. The City of Lone Tree, CDOT, FHWA and emergency personnel responded immediately resulting in a full closure of northbound I-25 for several hours while emergency inspections were performed. The inspection findings and recommendations resulted in a need to replace the girder. The City then contracted with WSP to use Benesch’s findings to begin a design to safely remove and replace the damaged girder. The City, WSP and CDOT worked together to prepare an emergency design repair package and started discussions with contractors within 2 months. Final design packages, CDOT IGA and contractor bidding occurred within 3 months of the bridge strike. Kraemer North America was selected as the contractor and was able to mobilize within days after being selected. Partial demolition and construction occurred over the next 3 months which included numerous interstate closures overnight and lane shifts. This project required close coordination with the City of Lone Tree, CDOT, FHWA, Rampart Range Metropolitan District, RTD, nearby businesses and all the contractors and material suppliers. A project this size would normally span 18 months and was condensed because of the close collaboration of all entities. The Sky Ridge Bridge emergency repair project was a successful collaboration of numerous stakeholders achieving a complex girder replacement on a bridge spanning mainline I-25. The cooperation and attention from all parties allowed the project to be completed within 7 months of the damage and with as little disruption to the public as possible. This is truly a success story ºin forging and utilizing relationships to deliver a critical project. City of Lone Tree - Sky Ridge Bridge Emergency Repair Project SMALL COMMUNITY DISASTER OR EMERGENCY CONSTRUCTION benesch.com VALUE FOCUSED. COMMUNITY MINDED. QUALITY DRIVEN. Congratulations to the City of Lone Tree for the collaborative e ort on the Sky Ridge Bridge Emergency Repair Project Winner of the APWA Disaster or Emergency Construction, Repair or Response – Small Community Award
LARGE COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority - Wetland Vegitation Harvesting to Reduce Nutrients in the Cherry Creek Watershed 16 Colorado Public Works Journal MEDIUM COMMUNITY City of Loveland - Mattress and Box Spring Recycling The Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority (SEMSWA) service area is bisected by Cherry Creek, a complex and dynamic watershed with abundant natural resources, varied wildlife habitat, and multifaceted recreational usage. A focal point for the southeast metro region, this urban reach of Cherry Creek offers a number of beneficial uses to surrounding communities including an extensive trail network, water supply to the reservoir, and ecological diversity. Preserving, protecting, and promoting water quality in the basin is a high priority for SEMSWA and other Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permittees and agencies in the region. Identifying novel strategies to eliminate and reduce elevated nutrients in the Cherry Creek watershed can improve water quality throughout the watershed. The City of Loveland Solid Waste Division, after many years of leading the State of Colorado in residential recycling, saw a need to keep large bulky mattresses out of the landfill. Beginning in June of 2021, we ran a 3-month pilot program, partnering with Spring Back, accepting mattresses and box springs at our Loveland Recycling Center, and charging $20/piece (queen size bed with a mattress and box spring = $40). At the beginning, we were unsure if the public would pay this cost, especially considering that they could drive it up the road 7 miles and put it in the landfill for a third to half that cost. To our surprise, in the first month of the program, we recycled 50 pieces. At the end of the pilot program (June, July, and August) we had diverted 197 pieces from the landfill, which equated to 11,700 lbs. (5.85 tons). By the end of 2021, we diverted 513 pieces from the landfill, equating to 30,359 lbs. (15.18 tons) From January 1, 2022 through March 31, 2022 (just 3 months) we eclipsed and exceeded our total number of pieces from 2021, collecting 547 pieces in the first quarter of 2022. After a full year of the program (June 2021 – May 2022) we have collected a total of 1,979 pieces, totaling 111,692lbs. (59 tons), keeping all of this material out of the Larimer County Landfill. From the pilot program now, this project has been wildly successful, beyond anything we imagined. We were amazed that people would pay a higher price to recycle their bed pieces, versus the lower cost alternative to landfill their pieces originally. This project has kept hundreds of thousands of pounds of material from our landfill. Reducing nitrogen and phosphorus in the Cherry Creek basin through a data driven annual wetland vegetation harvesting program allows for SEMSWA to analyze, prioritize, and measure water quality improvements to the watershed. Prioritizing enhanced vegetation management not only restores capacity to channels and ponds but also provides water quality benefits in an ecologically sustainable approach. Stream health in the Cherry Creek watershed is vital for continued recreation, water supply to the reservoir, and the enhancement of natural resources.
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20 Colorado Public Works Journal SMALL COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY Due to its pristine mountain setting as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as the Town’s commitment to good stewardship of natural resources, Estes Park has been actively working to increase the Town’s EV Town of Estes Park - Estes Park Moves Towards Sustainable Transit infrastructure and readiness over the past few years. However, with increasing numbers of people hitting the road by car, van or camper in the wake of the pandemic, the Town felt even more urgency to accelerate these efforts in 2020 to support residents and the Town’s annual (four million!) visitors alike. The most notable achievement in this effort is the Town’s implementation of the first fully-battery electric trolley replica vehicle of its type on the road in North America. A second electric trolley will be delivered in August 2022. Deploying battery-powered Electric Trolley Buses in Estes Park, on the base of the Rocky Mountain National Park, sends a clear message that we care about sustainability, air quality, and the health of our local community and the millions of visitors we host each year. We are working to embrace the use of Electric Vehicles over internal combustion engine counterparts for benefits such as operations and maintenance cost savings, compliance with upcoming mandates, improved driver experience, and cleaner air in our environment. Transitioning to renewable energy sources with conversion to electrified vehicles in our fleet helps the Town of Estes Park move toward a more intelligent and sustainable mobility system that improves our quality of life for years to come. Outstanding Public Works Employee Kit Lammers brings the best qualities and strong work ethic of a high-level Public Works Manager that others should mimic. The City of Edgewater is very proud of Kit and we believe his accomplishments and devoted work towards the betterment of the Public Works field should be recognized by the Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association. We have a sincere appreciation for Public Works Operations and know that the future with leaders like Kit only improve our field. INDIVIDUAL AWARDS SMALL COMMUNITY: Kit Lammers, City of Edgewater
Fall 2022 21 LARGE COMMUNITY TRANSPORTATION 8th Avenue between I-25 and Federal Boulevard has long had a bottleneck at the South Platte River due to insufficient bridge width. Built in 1929, the existing bridge had narrow vehicular lanes, no sidewalks to connect the sidewalks on 8th Ave across the river, inadequate hydraulic conveyance, major scour at piers impacting public safety, other structural deficiencies, major debris build up under the bridge (particularly along the trail), and an unsafe at-grade multimodal crossing when the trail is flooded or closed under the bridge. The 8th Avenue over South Platte River Bridge replacement project substantially improved safety for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists and provided an enhanced overall user experience for all modes of transportation. In partnership with CCD and other stakeholders, the project team successfully brought this project through a complex design and coordination effort and through construction using technical excellence, innovation, and collaboration. The project is a testament to innovation, technical excellence, and stakeholder collaboration to achieve common goals and optimize infrastructure safety and condition. City & County of Denver (DOTI) - West 8th Avenue over South Platte River Bridge Replacement
Fall 2022 23 PUBLIC WORKS COLORADO J O U R N A L C CAREE S IN COLORADO CON T U TION A Supplement to he Fall 2022 Issue of CPWJ
Following on from the success of our Women in Construction special issue that we produced in the WINTER edition of CPWJ. This special supplement issue of Careers in Construction is designed to highlight many of the varied roles that serve the construction industry, including trades, apprenticeships, internship opportunities and more. This publication is intended to be a resource for parents, teachers, councilors and high school students looking for alternative career paths to the traditional four year university program. Many of the companies that have participated in putting this issue together have positions available for entry level staff. This is a great way to get started, find out what you like (and what you don’t) learn different areas of the business and move along a paid pathway, whilst adding new skills that will make you more valuable to your next manager. Please refer to page 38 where we list companies and their business details to help you get the conversation started. We hope that with its pass along factor this issue will reach far and wide across the state of Colorado well into 2023. Giving students more scope of what is available to them outside of conventional options. Allowing young talent to learn from seasoned professionals to give them a rewarding and financially secure career. I COLORADO CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION KIEWIT BRANNAN SAND & GRAVEL TRANSPORTATION & CONSTRUCTION GIRL NEXTGEN HPM CONTRACTING YEH & ASSOCIATES ENCORE ELECTRIC WILSON & CO PHOENIX MASONRY MORTENSON AQUA PHALT IRON WOMAN GH PHIPPS LTAP CRMCA AND CSSGA WOMEN OF ASPHALT ACL ENGINEERING UNDERGROUND UTILITY SERVICES Jo Taylor, Managing Editor If I can be of any assistance to you, or help connect you with the right person, or company please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I would be happy to help you. Thank you to the advertisers who have supported this special issue. 24 Colorado Public Works Journal CAREERS IN COLORADO CONSTRUCTION
Fall 2022 25 CAREERS IN COLORADO CONSTRUCTION COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR QUALIFICATIONS Completion of high school, good writing skills, interest in art & design, good communicator. Basic computer skills $ SALARY RANGE $22.00-28.00 ph + paid leave, health insurance, benefits What you will be doing: • Problem solving, writing articles, communicating with other departments, social media posting, managing the website, coordinating staff meetings, event planning and executing events. Liaison with outside suppliers. Skills and Abilities: • Good organization and time management skills • Good grammar and writing skills. • An interest in graphic design, art, design. • Good at communicating. • Basic computer skills • Creative flair Training Involved: • Courses on Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Graphics, Art, InDesign all paid for by the company. Career Opportunities: • Public Relations position, Marketing Manager, HIGHWAY/ROAD MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN IN TRAINING PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS Vary by agency, generally at least 18 years old, have a drivers license, and pass a pre-employment drug screen $ SALARY RANGE $19-$21 at hiring. CDL start at $19.30 /hour What you will be doing: • Involves all aspects of road and street preservation and repair. Employees in this industry operate heavy equipment such as Loaders, dozers, excavators, snow plows, graders, rollers, etc. They maintain all state and/or local assets, perform emergency responses tasks, support state and local law enforcement for traffic control, and clear roads and street of snow, ice, and debris among many other public service tasks. Skills and Abilities: • Training is on-the-job in most cases, internship opportunities, OSHA-10 training and 13 weeks of instruction on the work they will be expected to perform. Enjoys operating equipment, working outside in inclement weather, travel around the state. Training Involved: • The intent of the program is for students to move smoothly from the internship to full time employment. Once employed, the agency will offer training in a number of specialties such as CDL, traffic control supervisor, and incident management, among others. Travel Opportunities: • Requires travel to various parts of the state, or local municipality to maintain and inspect infrastructure. Generally employees are provided with vehicles to travel, as well as food and/or housing (In some areas during the winter months.)
26 Colorado Public Works Journal CAREERS IN COLORADO CONSTRUCTION TRAFFIC CONTROL DRIVER QUALIFICATIONS Must be 21 with a clean valid driver’s license $ SALARY RANGE 18.50-24.00 ph + benefits What you will be doing: • Direct traffic safely around work zones using stop/slow paddles and hand signals • Assist with loading and unloading traffic control devices to and from trucks • Assist with setting up and taking down work zones that will protect workers and the travelling public • Work with the Traffic Control Department at work sites to direct motorists by flagging them away from worker activities, moving equipment, oncoming traffic, etc. • Deploy and setup arrow boards and message boards for work zones • Make deliveries, pick-ups and job checks in a safe, efficient, and timely manner Skills and Abilities: • Ability to work as a team • Good communicator • Reliable attendance Training Involved: • Safety program • On the job training lead by seasoned employees Career Opportunities: • Promotion to TCS (Traffic • Control Supervisor), • Foremen and/or • Superintendent • Opportunities across the organization ENTRY LEVEL TECHNICIAN QUALIFICATIONS Completion of High School $ SALARY RANGE 20.00-40.00 ph + plus paid holidays, health insurance 401K What you will be doing: • As a technician, you will have firsthand experience working in the field collecting construction materials including soil, asphalt, and concrete with various types of instruments and tools. After the collection process, you will learn how to run various quality tests on site and in the lab to ensure these materials adhere to industry standards and record your findings. Skills and Abilities: • Interested in construction materials testing, observation, and inspection. • Hard working, enjoys being outside Training Involved: • In house training and to obtain certifications to enable growth within the company Career Opportunities: • Developing the skills, certifications, and experience needed to successfully perform all job duties as a Technician I within the first year of employment. Thereafter, you can advancement from a Technician I to Technician III while exploring further career advancement into construction observation and inspection. Travel Opportunities: • Expenses paid and vehicle allowance as needed to travel to other locations across the state.
Fall 2022 27 HELPING GIRLS ATTAIN ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY IN REWARDING CAREERS Thank you Industry, Platinum, Gold & Media Sponsors & Supporters! Industry: Colorado Department of Transportation - Office of Environmental Justice and Equity Platinum: Phoenix Masonry - RK - Trimble Gold: Brannan Companies - Encore Electric - Fiore & Sons - HEI - Holcim - Kiewit - Kodiak - Martin Marietta - OE Construction - Wilson & Company - RTD - Tendit Media: Colorado Public Works Journal
28 Colorado Public Works Journal GHPhipps.com CAREERS IN COLORADO CONSTRUCTION DRONE SURVEYOR QUALIFICATIONS Needs Part 107 UAS FAA Certification $ SALARY RANGE Starting salary from $60,000 to $70,000 What you will be doing: • Conducts physical site surveys using a variety of equipment, tools and technology • Prepares sketches and notes, and performs electronic data collection • Coordinates with field staff and processes field data • Verifies accuracy of survey data, including measurements and calculations conducted at survey sites • Prepares site surveying documents and presents findings to project managers and clients • Calculates areas of land parcels and easements using mathematics and computer software • Researches previous survey evidence, including maps, deeds, physical evidence, and other records to obtain data needed for surveys Career Opportunities: • Inspections (power lines, roofs, etc.) • Real estate • Crop dusting • Cinematic work • Many other opportunities
Fall 2022 29 CAREERS IN COLORADO CONSTRUCTION LABORER QUALIFICATIONS Must be 18 to work in the field. No prior experience necessary $ SALARY RANGE Laborer positions are generally full-time positions with a salary range of $22-$27/hour. Plus Benefits. What you will be doing: • This position is required to travel to and work on job sites. • A construction laborer is responsible for completing tasks on a construction site. Duties include unloading construction materials, assisting heavy equipment operators in digging trenches and backfilling. Training Involved: • Typically, construction workers learn under the guidance of a more experienced mentor. Career Opportunities: • There are several career opportunities within the company such as Pipelayer, Loader Operator, Backfill Operator, Main Line Excavator, Foreman, or Superintendent. TRANSPORTATION MANAGER QUALIFICATIONS DOT & OSHA training. Logistics or construction experience is a plus $ SALARY RANGE $65K – 90K annually plus health benefits, company vehicle, PTO What you will be doing: • Managing truck fleet, CDL drivers & subcontractor trucks. Performing truck inspections on jobsites. Building & retaining client relationships. Skills and Abilities: • Hard work and dedication pay off. Find great mentors to surround yourself with, to soak up their experiences. It will benefit you in your career. Training Involved: • DOT & OSHA. Career Opportunities: • Becoming a “truck boss” and running a trucking company as President.
30 Colorado Public Works Journal CAREERS IN COLORADO CONSTRUCTION DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING QUALIFICATIONS Experience in Construction in a similar role. Excellent computer skills, management experience $ SALARY RANGE $90k plus benefits What you will be doing: • Managing a sales team. Building relationships with clients. Customer interface, giving presentations, pricing. Taking responsibility for the companies growth. Skills and Abilities: • Good people skills, top communication skills, ability to handle conflict. Hard worker. Career Opportunities: • Upper Management/Director Level/Company Owner. PAVING PROJECT CONSULTANT QUALIFICATIONS Must be 18 and have an interest in Asphalt & Concrete industry $ SALARY RANGE $75k plus commission What you will be doing: • Providing asphalt and concrete solutions to customers. Preparing pricing, liaising with the customer, ensure the project is completed to the clients satisfaction.. Skills and Abilities: • Work hard and have a positive attitude. Career Opportunities: • Continue to work within the industry at different levels of project management. ESTIMATOR QUALIFICATIONS Must be 18 and have an interest in the Asphalt & Concrete Industry $ SALARY RANGE $70k plus commission What you will be doing: • Bidding out projects. Working closely with the sales and production teams to create costs for projects. Skills and Abilities: • Not afraid to ask questions, work hard, be helpful, review and learn from mistakes. Training Involved: • Shadowing current employees, going out in the field, practice. Career Opportunities: • Move into a sales role, Project Management, Superintendent, Manager of Sales.
Fall 2022 31 BUILD YOUR CAREER AND TRANSFORM YOUR FUTURE WWW.MORTENSON.COM/CAREERS C O L O R A D O Sign up now for an introduction to a career in asphalt. Four free training sessions on Saturdays in January, March, June & October Women of Asphalt Colorado Branch Training Academy 2023 For more information on these sessions or our other events Please contact a Women of Asphalt Region Rep: Nicki Upright (970) 302-4059 • Heather Thom (720) 841-6471 • Tammy Buck (303) 358-4185 • Jo Taylor (720) 3606737 • Abby Glaser (303) 895-1731 Women of Asphalt is a 501(c)6 non-profit
32 Colorado Public Works Journal CAREERS IN COLORADO CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTION MANAGER QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of the Asphalt & Concrete industry $ SALARY RANGE $120K + benefits What you will be doing: • Job Costing, Reviewing Bids, Scheduling jobs, handling customers, working with staff across the company. Skills and Abilities: • Good with numbers, quick thinker, ability to multi task, handle changes seamlessly. Training Involved: • In house on line courses, on site shadowing employees. Career Opportunities: • Division Manager, Sales Management. OUTSIDE SALES REPRESENTATIVE QUALIFICATIONS Minimum of 5 years outside sales experience, good computer skills $ SALARY RANGE $60k plus commission if target met and benefits What you will be doing: • Product demonstrations, building relationships with clients, bringing in new business, attending trade shows, setting up booths, event planning, managing key accounts. Skills and Abilities: • Enjoys meeting people, good relationship builder, responsive to customer requests. Training Involved: • In house company training on products lines, keep up to date with pricing. Knowledge of competitors. Career Opportunities: • Sales Management, Team Supervisor, Business Development Director.