Colorado Public Works Journal, Summer 2023

SUMMER 2023┃9 Colorado’s Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), now in its 38th year, has evolved as much as the industry it serves, but training has always been a mainstay. Charged by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) with supporting “local and rural road agencies across the US by providing training…” Colorado LTAP proudly offers an affordable and comprehensive training program focused on developing technical, operational and professional skills. Colorado LTAP’s three tracks offer a robust training experience. It begins with the Roads Scholar I program. Aimed at those newer to the field, this program serves as an introduction or refresher to some of the most important skills and topics. As of Spring 2023, graduates of this program will also be credited with a Road Safety Champion certificate from the National Center for Rural Roadway Safety. Building on the foundation laid out in the Roads Scholar I program by expanding and diving into more detail and complexities of the industry is the Roads Scholar II: Road Master track. Finally, rounding out Colorado LTAP’s offerings is the Supervisory Skills and Development program. This track takes participants through government operations, leadership theory and management skills. These complimentary programs are the perfect solution to agencies looking to define career progression within their organizations. In Works News U P D A T E S COLORADO LTAP Training: A Plug & Play Solution to Career Pathing for Agencies fact, a number of agencies are already utilizing them as their career pathing models with Colorado LTAP tracking all credits and classes. This also serves each individual as the credit is associated with the individual rather than the agency, allowing agencies to better understand a candidate’s training history. It should be noted that the tracks are optional and offerings are open to anyone interested, including those in private industry. Trainings, all taught by industry professionals considered to be subject matter experts, are typically hosted at partner agencies across the state, focusing on providing geographical equity. Additionally, and with a full-time trainer on staff, customized agency trainings are now also available. A recent article by Indeed noted the benefits of career pathing, or the practice of planning an employee’s future career opportunities within an organization, as leading to improved retention rates and employee output, organizational succession planning and overall lower costs, so don’t delay! Stay tuned for more on Colorado LTAP, but for now…Want to host? Have a need? Have an idea? Contact us! Mortenson Breaks Ground on new their new Denver office in RiNo Art District | The 65,000-square-foot project will utilize Mortenson’s full spectrum of capabilities, including development, design, fabrication and building DENVER (June 14, 2023) – Mortenson, a top-20 U.S. builder, developer and engineering services provider with four decades of experience in Colorado, this week, celebrated the groundbreaking of its four-story, 65,000-square-foot Denver office lcoated at 3038 Walnut Street within Denver’s RiNo Art District (“RiNo”). The project is being developed, constructed, owned, and occupied by Mortenson. Mortenson will occupy roughly 37,000 square feet of the mixed-use building on the second and third floors, and the top and ground levels will be available for office and retail leasing, respectively. This milestone represents the start of an exciting new chapter for Mortenson in Denver, our new office here exemplifies our growing capabilities as the build-out will feature Mortenson’s full suite of cutting-edge vertical integration at every stage of the project. Mortenson’s self-performed services on the project will include civil utilities, mass excavation, concrete, rough carpentry, and drywall. Mortenson is also leveraging its controlled off-site manufacturing environment to produce and install prefabricated wall panels. Incorporating efficient energy systems, from low-lighting design to glazing and embodied carbon modeling, the building will exceed requirements set by the Green Building Ordinance. Building amenities will include private outdoor patio spaces, covered parking, an accessible bike storage room, and stateof-the-art HVAC systems. The new building will provide space for more than 300 locally focused professionals as well as other Mortenson divisions that have not historically had a Denver presence, such as the company’s sports, renewable energies, data centers, and federal contracts teams. Additionally, Mortenson plans to lease out the ground floor to retail tenants that will contribute to the vibrancy of the neighborhood.