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The Colorado Public Works Journal - email@example.com J O U R N A L THE EDITOR REMEMBER that Colorado Public Works Journal can now be read online, on your phone, tablet or other mobile device. Please go there, take a look and let us know what you think at coloradopublicworksjournal.com WINTER 2024┃3 Jo Taylor, Managing Editor Thank you for continuing to subscribe to us and please do remember to introduce your friends and coworkers. If you would rather not receive CPWJ in print, or wish to change your delivery address please let us know at coloradopublicworksjournal.com As a regular reader of Colorado Public Works Journal you will know that our NEWS highlights are always on pages 6- 12. Whether it be a new piece of equipment or technology, a career move or a job promotion, a ground breaking or project completed. This is the space FOR YOUR NEWS so please do let us know what is happening in your business. However, for this issue WE have news of our own to share and since it is OUR magazine, we are putting it up right up here in the front! Colorado Public Works Journal and the associated titles that we publish is now under new ownership. As of January 1st PRIME Media LLC is the publishing house for: • Colorado Public Works Journal. • Colorado Asphalt Pavement Association’s; Annual Membership Directory and The Road Ahead Magazine. • APWA Colorado Chapter’s Snow & Ice Conference Program. • American Concrete Pavement Association’s CO/WY Annual Awards Issue. • ACEC of Colorado’s Engineering Excellence Project Awards Issue. • Plus special issues tailored to our industry, such as; Denver Union Station, Women in Construction and Careers in Construction. And, we are GROWING, so please feel free to reach out if your company would benefit from our publishing expertise to showcase your work, an anniversary, or a celebratory milestone in a publication of it’s own. We would be happy to schedule a time to discuss what we can offer and show examples of what we have done for other organizations in the industry. It is amazing to me that 10 years ago I started working for the then publisher of CPWJ as an Account Executive. I was hired to sell advertising space, obtain new subscribers and gain awareness of the publication. Back then we had around 1800 subscribers, a dozen or so advertisers, the publication was at around 40-48 pages pages, we had no website and social media didn’t exist. Today, I am the Publisher, CEO, Editor and Business Development Director of CPWJ. We have over 5,000 subscribers (in print and online) a dedicated website, we are on social media platforms; LinkedIn, FB and Instagram. We publish on average 68-72 pages an issue and we have over 30 regular advertising partners (who we recognize on page 11 of this issue) Did I think I would be running the company years after being hired? Absolutely not. This girl from England, who had sold interior furnishings to large corporate companies in London for 20 years, had no knowledge of the infrastructure industry, and in fact barely knew Colorado. I took the job as a side hustle to fit in with my other roles of wife and mother. But, as I got more involved in the industry and met the wonderful people that you all are, I got drawn in. I enjoyed learning new things and was fascinated about how roads and bridges were built, the complex materials that were used. All the different skills one needs to handle machinery and equipment. I was in awe of it all. I was fortunate to have, and still have, many mentors and sponsors who have helped and supported me from day one. People who I can turn to with questions or ask advice. This job is probably considered my second, or even third act in career terms, but it truly has been a surprisingly fulfilling one, to know that I have been a part of keeping the infrastructure industry connected through what you are holding in your hands right now. So, If you are considering an opportunity to try something new for 2024, make a change in your career, or start a business, give it a go, you may be surprised, like me, as to where it takes you.
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WINTER 2024┃5 Congratulations to the 2023 National Excellence in Concrete Pavement Award Winners from Colorado & Wyoming! www.cowyacpa.org Urban Arterials & Collectors Castle Pines Parkway Reconstruction Castle Pines, CO Paving Contractor: Villalobos Concrete Company Owner: City of Castle Pines Design Engineers: Bohannon Huston & Rick Engineering Construction Management: Ulteig Divided Highways (Rural) I-80 Rock Springs East - EB Lanes Rock Springs, WY Contractor: WW Clyde - Great Plains Division Owner: WYDOT District 3 Design Engineer & Construction Management: WYDOT District 3 - Rock Springs REGISTER today for our Annual Concrete Pavement Workshop Thursday, February 29th in Denver Concrete Pavement Restoration 2022 Annual Landside Pavement Rehabilitation Denver International Airport Contractor: WW Clyde - Great Plains Division Owner: City & County of Denver - Dept. of Aviation Design Engineer & Construction Management: DEN Landside Engineering Concrete Supplier: On-Demand Concrete State Roads US 287 Eads Passing Lanes Kiowa County, CO Contractor: Castle Rock Construction Company Owner: CDOT Region 2 Design Engineer & Construction Management: CDOT Region 2 - Lamar Residency Construction Management: Yeh & Associates
6┃ Colorado Public Works Journal Works News E Q U I P M E N T Komatsu acquire American Battery Solutions Komatsu, through its wholly owned subsidiary in the U.S., Komatsu America Corp., has agreed to acquire American Battery Solutions, Inc. (ABS), a battery manufacturer headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Komatsu is planning to close the acquisition on Dec. 1, 2023, on the condition that all necessary procedures for the closing are completed. The immediate impact on Komatsu’s consolidated business results is estimated to be minimal. ABS develops and manufactures a wide variety of heavy-duty and industrial battery packs, using lithium-ion batteries for commercial vehicles, transit buses and on- and off-road vehicles. The company provides both standard and custom battery systems optimized to each customer’s needs. ABS’ technology, combined with the advanced product development knowledge and expertise of its people, enables the company to develop and manufacture battery packs designed to deliver superior performance and product life, and to enhance safety. The acquisition of ABS will enable Komatsu to develop and produce its own battery-operated construction and mining equipment, through the integration of ABS’ battery technology with Komatsu’s knowledge and network. The first equipment produced with ABS’ batteries will be used to power mining equipment in North and South America, where demand for electrification has been increasing. In the future, Komatsu will aim to expand the use of batteries in construction equipment and to establish a global supply system. Komatsu will continue to support ABS’ battery business to further develop the electrification business post-acquisition. ABS will operate as a stand-alone business entity within Komatsu and will continue its growth plans by executing on its current and prospective customer programs in the commercial vehicle segments. The mining and construction opportunities provided through Komatsu will enable ABS to position itself as one of the world’s leading providers of battery systems in both on-highway and offhighway markets. Through the acquisition, Komatsu will accelerate the development of battery-powered electric vehicles by utilizing ABS’ battery-related technology, along with other initiatives Komatsu is pursuing with its partners, to further contribute to the electrification of construction and mining equipment and the realization of a decarbonized society. GREELEY, Colo. As of December 12, 4Rivers Equipment embarks on an exciting expansion journey, solidifying its commitment to serving customers across Colorado with the acquisition of three Honnen Equipment locations in Commerce City, Grand Junction, and Durango. This strategic move further cements 4Rivers Equipment as a premier dealer of John Deere construction equipment while enhancing its capacity to deliver top-tier services statewide. This milestone unites two Colorado-born companies steeped in rich legacies. 4Rivers Equipment, with roots dating back to 1926 in Holly, Colorado, joins forces with Honnen Equipment, an integral part of the Denver and Western Colorado communities since 1963. The collaboration is poised to ignite innovation and resourcefulness, empowering an even more comprehensive response to the evolving industry demands. John Shearer, CEO of 4Rivers Equipment, conveyed his enthusiasm for the future, Empowering our local teams to make decisions closer to our customers is a pivotal shift that promises unparalleled benefits. Our teams, intimately connected to the pulse of our customers, align every decision with our core values: innovation, integrity, respect, and commitment. This change embodies what sets 4Rivers Equipment apart becoming not just a supplier, but your working partner.̱ Danny Bratton, General Manager at 4Rivers Equipment, emphasized their joint commitment to customer- centric operations, saying, “Bringing aboard such a talented team, dedicated to our customers’ needs, fills me with tremendous excitement. Their commitment ensures we not only meet but exceed the expectations of those we serve, paving the way for exceptional experiences and lasting relationships.” This union of resources, expertise, and technology will enable 4Rivers Equipment to elevate customer support, marking the beginning of an exciting new era for the company. While headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, 4Rivers Equipment looks forward to extending its exceptional service to both existing and new customers throughout the state. 4Rivers Equipment expands it services with the acquisition of three Honnen Equipment locations
WINTER 2024┃7 Works News E Q U I P M E N T The Wirtgen Group Presents an Extensive Portfolio of Innovative and Market-Driven Solutions for Precise and Efficient Concrete Paving at World of Concrete 2024 The highlight at the World of Concrete show from January 23-25, 2024, is a complete concrete paving train from Wirtgen – comprising a placer/spreader WPS 102i, a slipform paver SP 124i, and a texture curing machine TCM 180i. The offset paver models SP 15i and SP 25i impressively round off the selection of Wirtgen Group solutions on display at the booth shared with John Deere (C5327) at the show. Extremely Versatile Offset Slipform Pavers Wirtgen presents two extremely adaptable pavers for offset concrete paving, the SP 15i and the SP 25i. Both machines enable flexible positioning of the slipform paving mold, which is an enormous advantage when producing monolithic profiles in the offset process. The SP 15i is equipped with a telescoping extension for the operator’s platform. This affords operators a better overview of the paving results, the concrete feeding system, the transfer hopper, and of the inside of the consolidation compartment of the mold. The multifunctional slipform paver SP 25i can pave a wide range of monolithic profiles up to a height of 6 ft 7 in (2 m) and concrete slabs with a width of up to 12 ft (4 m). Furthermore, the specially developed AutoPilot 2.0 control system enables stringless control of the machine. Inset Slipform Paver SP 124i for Paving Widths of up to 40 ft (12 m) The SP 124i is a fully modular, 40-foot class (12-meter class) inset slipform paver that is characterized by the enormous variety of tasks it can fulfill in the construction of wide roads and highways, airport aprons, taxiways, and runways. The machine frame, which can be hydraulically telescoped lengthwise and mechanically telescoped sideways, enables ideal adaptation of the machine to the needs of any construction site. Four hydraulic swing legs enable easier transportation of the machine and ensure its outstanding ability to adapt to all conditions typically encountered on construction sites. In Las Vegas, the four-track paver will be shown in a paving train together with a placer/spreader WPS 102i and a texture curing machine TCM 180i . The Placer/Spreader WPS 102i Increases Productivity When road surfaces and paths are paved over preplaced reinforcing steel, the concrete can often only be supplied from the side. The placer/spreaders from Wirtgen are the perfect choice for this task. As the leading machine in a paving train, they travel over the preplaced steel rebar ahead of the slipform paver and the texture curing machine. A truck feeds the concrete from the side, and the placer/ spreader then distributes it evenly across the entire working width. The concrete can be placed for working widths ranging from 12 ft to 40 ft (4 m to 12 m) at thicknesses of up to 20 in (500 mm). Thanks to its fully modular construction concept and standard fitted quickrelease hydraulic couplings, the WPS 102i can be just as easily reconfigured as its “little brother”, the WPS 62i. This ensures fast transportation from job to job and maximizes machine utilization rates. The WPS 102i can be precisely controlled by stringline scanning, stringless 3D applications, or by Wirtgen AutoPilot 2.0. Stringless Control for Higher Efficiency and Greater Safety Developed by Wirtgen, AutoPilot 2.0 is a control system for stringless paving that provides an alternative to the conventional method of mechanically scanning a stringline. The system, which precisely controls both the machine’s height and steering, is available for all offset pavers and placer/spreaders. A GNSS signal and, depending on the configuration, various local sensors – for example, an ultrasonic sensor on the machine – serve as a reference. This completely eliminates the need for a stringline and the time and effort otherwise required for setting it up and removing it after job completion. It also enables fast and precise paving of tight radii and complex geometries. The Wirtgen AutoPilot 2.0 system provides machine control and stringless control of the concrete paving process in one.
8┃ Colorado Public Works Journal Works News U P D A T E S Career Week for GIRLs™ – Applications are available now Iron Woman Do you know any young woman that would benefit from learning more about what transportation and construction careers have to offer? We are now accepting applications for our free five-day summer program Career Week for GIRLs™ (CWG). During CWG, young women between 12 and 23 years old get the opportunity to get first-hand experience with some of the amazing careers available to them in transportation and construction. Girls participating in this program will make industry connections that may last a life time! Participating companies include: Ames Construction, Brannan Companies, Cummins, Encore Electric, Fiore & Sons, Holcim, Kiewit, Kodiak, Martin Marietta, Mortenson, OE Construction, RK, Trimble, Wagner and Wilson & Company In 1999, Shaun Egan and Phyllis Pendergrass-Egan signed Iron Woman’s first contract to perform trucking services in support of the redevelopment of the former Stapleton International Airport. They had a single truck, one employee, and a whole lot of ambition. The company was named “Iron Woman” in honor of Shaun’s great-great-great grandmother, a full-blood Blackfeet Indian. Over the past 25 years, Iron Woman has transformed into a leading general contractor with a workforce of nearly 300 employees. The company serves a variety of markets including infrastructure, water, transportation and logistics, and environmental, and has worked on nearly every major capital improvement project on the front range. As Iron Woman celebrates this milestone, they pay special tribute to the dream, perseverance, and exceptional individuals who have played pivotal roles in Iron Woman’s growth. With the help of a highly skilled team, strong partnerships, and a commitment to a strong safety culture, the company has successfully delivered some of the most challenging projects and actively contributed to community development. Looking forward, Iron Woman is poised for the next 25 years, focusing on growing partnerships to help the community solve complex problems and shape the future of Colorado. Please visit https://constructiongirl.org/career-week to learn more about Career Week for GIRLs! Click on Apply for 2024 to apply to attend. Applications to attend are due by March 29, 2024.
WINTER 2024┃9 Works News P E O P L E Women of Asphalt Colorado Branch appoint their Board Members for 2024. Faris Machinery Announces New Ownership to Strengthen its Partnership and Expand Opportunities Denver, CO – Faris Machinery announced that it is embarking on its next phase of growth, as Brad Elliott, a trusted and long-time financial advisor to the company, joins its leadership team as a minority owner, overseeing Sales and Finance. Giles Poulson, President of Faris Machinery, commented, “I am thrilled to welcome Brad Elliott to Faris. Brad brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in sales, leadership, corporate finance, and risk management, and his historical insight into our company makes him an ideal leader as we embrace new possibilities together. Our commitment to our customers and suppliers will never waver, and with Brad’s experience and vision, we are confident in our ability to not only maintain but enhance these core aspects of our business. Further, his commitment to living a life of connection and devotion to his wife of 21 years, Colleen, and their two children, Cara and Connor, embody the most valued portions of our company culture.” “I am thrilled to join Faris and contribute to its success and growth,” said Brad. “Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work closely with Giles and the management team, and I am excited to contribute to their vision of growth for the future. Faris’ commitment to strong relationships, service and quality aligns perfectly with my core values. Together, we will continue to provide industry-leading solutions.” Faris Machinery is a leading provider of specialized heavy equipment for the construction and municipal sectors. With locations in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction, the company offers a wide range of services, including equipment sales, rentals, parts, service, and training. Its extensive inventory includes equipment for municipal projects, concrete work, asphalt paving, oil and gas operations, environmental projects, and various job sites. Abby Glaser Treasurer Nicki Upright President Sandy Gomke Vice President/Dever Metro Area Shawna Olsen Vice President Southern Colorado Fran Walmer Secretary Tammy Buck and Jo Taylor who were board members since the inception of the Colorado Branch in 2019, stepped down and have accepted Membership Chair and Marketing Chair respectively. All of these positions will be held for a 2 year term. If you would like to learn more about the Women of Asphalt Colorado Branch, go to womenofasphaltco.com Here you can sign up for events, volunteer, sponsor, enhance your industry knowledge, make new connections AND be a part of a growing team.
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14┃ Colorado Public Works Journal Among the many varied types of built environments required by modern life, airports are exceptional for combining the most sophisticated aspects of many other kinds of infrastructure into a single situation. Part public transit hub/part economic pavilion, airports leverage virtually every design and building discipline, product, technology, or persuasion that exists in one way or another while also serving as a regional catalyst for the population served. For those charged with managing public airports the responsibilities are just as varied, and the challenges are never-ending. Like her peers in aviation infrastructure everywhere, as the Executive Director of the Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT), Angela Padalecki finds the thrill of making it all work exhilarating. “They say: Once you get jet fuel in your veins, you never get it out,” says Padalecki. Though she admits to a circuitous route to her present position, in aviation she finds a little bit of everything. She started her career as an economist working for the U.S. Department of Commerce in both Washington D.C. and San Francisco. She caught the fever for flight when she took a role at Denver International Airport (DEN) in 2013, and she’ll never let go. “Aviation is highly engaging, high-stakes work, yet there is a genuine lightheartedness about the people involved, which makes it fun. Airports are team sports; nothing happens alone.” As Colorado’s largest city on the western slope and the approximate mid-point between Denver and Salt Lake City, in many ways, Grand Junction finds itself something other than urban but no longer quite rural anymore. The juxtaposition is evident at the airport. “Grand Junction Regional Airport serves about 500,000 passengers a year while facilitating close to 200 flight operations a day,” says Padalecki. “We have a good mix of commercial aviation and general aviation and serve as the home to the region’s largest private employer, West Star Aviation, an aircraft maintenance and overhaul business that employs about 600 people. The airport also has a wildland firefighting base and a Twin Otter facility.” Team Spo in the air and on the ground, it takes a by Sean O’Keefe
WINTER 2023┃15 rt lot to make safe flight possible While DEN happens to be the third busiest airport in the United States, the volume of air traffic doesn’t trickle down. At a regional airport like GJT a broad range of users from all spheres of aviation is essential. “The airport is 93 years old, so it’s been a part of this community for a long, long time. We take pride in supporting traditional general aviation, perhaps small businesses or people who fly as a hobby,” says Padalecki. “We have one tenant who has been here for 65 years. He has had a flight school, an aviation business offering tiedowns, and taught three generations of his family to fly here. So, it’s neat to be a part of an airport with such a rich history.” The differences in a flight’s purpose and cargo obviously impact the size and weight capacity of the various aircraft flying in and out of GJT and which of the airport’s two runways pilots must use. Presently, the airport relies on 11/29, a 10,500-ft runway for commercial flights, and uses the smaller 4/22, which is 5,500-ft long, for general aviation purposes. In the long term, GJT is investing some $150 million in a new runway to replace the aging 11/29, but that process is expected to extend until 2030. For Padalecki and her team, the challenge remains always keeping the airport’s runways and facilities in the best possible working order. “Runway 4/22, the smaller of the two, is a crosswind runway used all of the time by our general aviation community,” continues Padalecki. “4/22 was suffering from substantial cracking in the pavement due to the weather, use, and time. The runway needed a complete mill and overlay. 4/22 is ineligible for Federal grants, and most of the airport’s cash is tied-up with the big runway project, which started in 2018 and has seven more years to go.” Federal funding provided by the FAA generally requires a 90/10 community match for capital improvement projects but only invests in runways that meet specific parameters related to commercial use. “4/22 wasn’t eligible for federal funding due to its size and location. The cost of rehabilitating it was $4.5 million. The airport’s net
16┃ Colorado Public Works Journal operating income is less than $2 million a year. We couldn’t spend three years’ income rehabilitating it,” shares Padalecki of the fiscal juggling act that would have been impossible to pull off alone. “This is where our partnership with the Colorado Division of Aeronautics comes into play. We could not have done it without them.” As the aviation branch of the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Aeronautics Division plays a distinct role in funding the state’s flightfocused infrastructure. Director David Ulane, A.A.E., FRAeS (see Industry Insights in this issue) has been at the helm for eight and a half years and takes pride in the role his dedicated team plays in assessing airport needs and allocating funding statewide. “Our division oversees a lot of moving pieces, with a very small team,” says Ulane of his directive to support Colorado’s multi-modal transportation system by advancing a safe, efficient, and effective statewide aviation system through collaboration, investment, and advocacy. “The changing conditions we face range from Colorado’s weather to the political figures in the communities surrounding each of the 66 public-use airports we invest in. We do not see them simply as airports, we see them as one piece of an entire system of airports. A lot of the priority is system related, rather than airport specific.” Ulane points out that the challenges facing runways, taxiways, and pavements in general in Colorado are extensive and expensive. At elevation, pavements weather much quicker, and in places where there is substantial snow, there is frequent snow removal, both of which combine to degrade surface conditions year-over-year. “Colorado is one of the few states that has a state-staffed pavement inspection program,” says Ulane of one of many distinguishing characteristics of Colorado’s aeronautical governance. “We have three regional planners who coordinate with airports in particular parts of the state. They know the personnel, the operational needs, the condition of the pavements on runways and taxiways, and the details that make each airport unique and vital within the overall system.”
WINTER 2024┃17 Ulane introduces Todd Green as the Program Manager assigned to GJT. Green has been with the Aeronautics Division for 11 years after spending four years at Centennial Airport in Arapahoe County. “I am proud to be one of only nine people out of 3,500 CDOT employees that doesn’t do surface transportation in Colorado,” says Green. “One of the things that we looked at in Grand Junction was that 4/22 is a crosswind runway, which is important for the general aviation community. When we evaluate this from a regional crosswind perspective, we can see the importance of investing in 4/22 and GJT as critical to our overall investment in the western slope.” In 2023, through the Colorado Aeronautical Board, GJT received a $4 million grant to rehabilitate 4/22. The state’s support covered 90 percent of the rehabilitation costs, representing the largest grant ever approved by the Board in its 33-year history. “Honestly, flight is a little bit of a magic trick,” finishes Padalecki in summarizing the big picture. “It really takes a lot of dedicated people to pull it off. The value of aviation is that it keeps places from becoming islands, where you are on your own.” Shout OUT: Funding: Colorado Aeronautical Board / Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority Engineering and Construction Administration: Garver / JDT RPR Services Geotechnical and Materials Testing: Yeh and Associates / GeoStrata General Contractor: United Companies Airfield Electrical: Pro Electrical Contractors Surveying: River City Consultants
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WINTER 2024┃19 Central 70 Grand Conceptor Award Project Name: Central 70 Location: Denver, Colo. Consulting Engineer: RS&H (Denver, Colo.) Client/Owner: Colorado Department of Transportation Category: Transportation Photo Credit: John Ordelheide/350 Media, Inc. ACEC AWARDS S P O T L I G H T Colorado Engineering Council’s Top Awards Spotlight Outstanding Engineering Achievements Congratulations to the 2024 Award-winning Projects! ACEC AWARDS The American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado (ACEC Colorado) Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) program annually recognizes Colorado consulting engineering firms for projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement and value. Each year’s EEA winners are honored during a luncheon in early November. Additional details are online at www.acec-co.org, and videos about each project can be viewed on ACEC Colorado’s YouTube Channel at https://bit.ly/acec-co-eea23videos
20┃ Colorado Public Works Journal ACEC AWARDS S P O T L I G H T NW Iowa RNG Site Design* I-25 South Gap (Monument To Castle Rock) Excellence Awards Location: Castle Rock, Colo. Consulting Engineer: RockSol Consulting Group, Inc. (Thornton, Colo.) Client/Owner: Colorado Department of Transportation Category: Transportation Photo Credit: RockSol Consulting Group, Inc Excellence Awards Location: Doon, Iowa Consulting Engineer: Merrick & Company (Greenwood Village, Colo.) Client/Owner: Gevo, Inc. Category: Energy Photo Credit: Merrick & Company *2024 Outstanding Graphics Award
WINTER 2024┃21 ACEC AWARDS S P O T L I G H T I-25 South Gap (Monument To Castle Rock) NW Iowa RNG Site Design*
22┃ Colorado Public Works Journal ACEC AWARDS S P O T L I G H T Pueblo Community Health East Side Clinic Excellence Awards Location: Pueblo, Colo. Consulting Engineer: Farnsworth Group, Inc. (Greenwood Village, Colo.) Client/Owner: RTA Architects Category: Energy Photo Credit: Farnsworth Group, Inc. UCHealth Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion 3 Excellence Awards Location: Aurora, Colo. Consulting Engineer: Martin/Martin, Inc. (Lakewood, Colo.) Client/Owner: Page (fka EYP) Category: Structural Systems Photo Credit: Martin/Martin, Inc.
WINTER 2024┃23 Pueblo Community Health East Side Clinic ACEC AWARDS S P O T L I G H T Project Name: UCHealth Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion 3
24┃ Colorado Public Works Journal ACEC AWARDS S P O T L I G H T Honor Awards Location: Lyons, Colo. Consulting Engineer: RS&H (Denver, Colo.) Client/Owner: Colorado Department of Transportation Category: Transportation Photo Credit: RS&H Honor Awards Location: Denver, Colo. Consulting Engineers: Muller Engineering Company (Lakewood, Colo.) Client/Owner: Mile High Flood District Category: Water Resources Photo Credit: Mile High Flood District Cherry Creek Corridor Improvement Project (Quebec To Iliff) CO 7 (Lower) Permanent Repair (CO 72 To Lyons)
WINTER 2024┃25 ACEC AWARDS S P O T L I G H T CO 7 (Lower) Permanent Repair (CO 72 To Lyons) Cherry Creek Corridor Improvement Project (Quebec To Iliff)
26┃ Colorado Public Works Journal ACEC AWARDS S P O T L I G H T Localized Climate Mapping & Equity Initiative Honor Awards Location: Boulder, Colo. Consulting Engineer: Stanley Consultants (Centennial, Colo.) Client/Owner: Boulder County Category: Studies, Research & Consulting Engineering Photo Credit: Stanley Consultants Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport Redevelopment Honor Awards Location: Gunnison, Colo. Consulting Engineer: ME Engineers (Golden, Colo.) Client/Owner: Gensler Category: Building Technology Systems Photo Credit: ME Engineers
WINTER 2024┃27 ACEC AWARDS S P O T L I G H T Localized Climate Mapping & Equity Initiative Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport Redevelopment
28┃ Colorado Public Works Journal ACEC AWARDS S P O T L I G H T Paul M. Rady, Computer Science & Engineering Building Honor Awards Location: Gunnison, Colo. Consulting Engineer: Farnsworth Group, Inc. (Greenwood Village, Colo.) Client/Owner: Western Colorado University Category: Energy Photo Credit: Farnsworth Group, Inc. NREL CGI-2 Honor Awards Location: Golden (Jefferson County), Colo. Consulting Engineer: The RMH Group, Inc. (Lakewood, Colo.) Client/Owner: National Renewable Energy Laboratory Category: Energy Photo Credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
WINTER 2024┃29 ACEC AWARDS S P O T L I G H T Paul M. Rady, Computer Science & Engineering Building NREL CGI-2
30┃ Colorado Public Works Journal ACEC AWARDS S P O T L I G H T SPUR HYDRO Building Honor Awards Location: Denver, Colo. Consulting Engineers: Martin/Martin, Inc. (Lakewood, Colo.) Client/Owner: Hord Coplan Macht Category: Waste & Storm Water Photo Credit: Matthew Staver Photography Q’anápsu Dispensary Honor Awards Location: Ridgefield, Wash. Consulting Engineer: JVA, Incorporated (Boulder, Colo.) Client/Owner: ROXBOX Category: Structural Systems Photo Credit: ROXBOX
WINTER 2024┃31 ACEC AWARDS S P O T L I G H T SPUR HYDRO Building Q’anápsu Dispensary
32┃ Colorado Public Works Journal ACEC AWARDS S P O T L I G H T Merit Awards Location: Colorado Springs, Colo. Consulting Engineers: Felsburg Holt & Ullevig (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Client/Owner: City of Colorado Springs Category: Transportation Photo Credit: Felsburg Holt & Ullevig 30th Street Corridor Merit Awards Location: Lone Tree, Colo. Consulting Engineer: Wilson & Company (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Client/Owner: Douglas County Category: Transportation Photo Credit: Wilson & Company C-470 Trail Over Yosemite Pedestrian Bridge Merit Awards Location: Aurora, Colo. Consulting Engineer: Stolfus & Associates, Inc. (Greenwood Village, Colo.) Client/Owner: City of Aurora Category: Transportation Photo Credit: Stolfus & Associates, Inc. City of Aurora Neighborhood Traffic Calming
WINTER 2024┃33 ACEC AWARDS S P O T L I G H T Merit Awards Location: Fort Collins, Colo. Consulting Engineer: Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. (Greenwood Village, Colo.) Client/Owner: Colorado State University Category: Studies, Research & Consulting Engineering Photo Credit: Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. CSU Women’s Softball & Soccer Complex Merit Awards Location: Broomfield, Colo. Consulting Engineer: Muller Engineering Company (Lakewood, Colo.) Client/Owner: City & County of Broomfield Category: Transportation Photo Credit: City & County of Broomfield Dillon Road/West 144th Avenue Multimodal Corridor Merit Awards Location: Fountain, Colo. Consulting Engineer: HR Green, Inc. (Greenwood Village, Colo.) Client/Owner: El Paso County Category: Transportation Photo Credit: El Paso County Fountain Mesa Roundabout
34┃ Colorado Public Works Journal ACEC AWARDS S P O T L I G H T Merit Awards Location: Northglenn, Colo. Consulting Engineer: Providence Infrastructure Consultants, Inc. (Littleton, Colo.) Client/Owner: City of Northglenn Category: Waste & Storm Water Photo Credit: City of Northglenn Northglenn Lift Station A & Force Main Merit Awards Location: Arapahoe County, Colo. Consulting Engineer: Stanley Consultants (Centennial, Colo.) Client/Owner: High Plains Partners Category: Transportation Photo Credit: Stanley Consultants High Plains Trail Merit Awards Location: Commerce City, Colo. Consulting Engineer: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. (Greenwood Village, Colo.) Client/Owner: Delwest Category: Special Projects Photo Credit: Delwest Mile High Greyhound Park Redevelopment S P O T L I G H T
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38┃ Colorado Public Works Journal In aviation, experience is everything, and at the Colorado Springs Airport (COS), the plan is to elevate. Director of Aviation Greg Phillips, who has been at the helm since January 2017, appreciates that the causes of change can be many. However, the willingness to confront challenges head-on remains a critical constant in aviation infrastructure. The trick is to stay ahead of the curve. “The City of Colorado Springs has seen a surge of growth in recent years. The airport is the area’s largest economic engine and a gateway to the city,” Phillips explains the importance of a good first impression. “We don’t ever want to limit growth.” Phillips points to April 2018 as the genesis of this story. That was when workers using propane torches caught the secondstory roof of the terminal on fire by accident. Though there were no injuries, and the airport was down for less than a day, the damage was significant. “The fire was an opportunity to turn a negative into a positive,” continues Phillips. “As a result, we updated the entire public side of the terminal. We took the walls down to the studs and rebuilt everything to a new construction standard that is very welcoming. Now, it’s time to take on the concourse. It’s almost 29 years old.” The concourse at COS opened in 1995 as a 12-gate facility. Enplanements peaked at 2.4 million annually in 1996. However, those figures are seen as an anomaly attributed to the shortterm presence of Western Pacific Airlines at COS but do reveal the airport’s potential long-term. In 2023, COS hosted roughly 1.2 million enplanements, suggesting that the concourse only operates at half capacity as initially built. Phillips and the COS team aim to close that gap over time but appreciate the need to modernize what they have as they go. ElevateCOS will be a $38 million, eight-phase modernization program that will improve everything in the concourse, from the building systems to the finishes and fixtures. Electrochromic windows will automatically adjust to exterior light conditions, and LED lighting throughout makes energy efficiency standard. “The biggest change is moving to common use passenger processing systems,” says Phillips of the need to facilitate plug-and-play operational movements among multiple carriers concurrently. “This will allow, for example, American Airlines to use Gate 8 in the morning, Southwest at mid-day, and back to American in the evening. By eliminating proprietary gates, we greatly increase the overall utility of each of our gates. This means more flexibility in the moment and more opportunity for growth without burden down the line.” Other aspects of the concourse modernization include expanding the TSA queuing area and adding a fifth lane to the TSA checkpoint to move passengers through security more efficiently. Adding an oversized bag system will better ElevateCOS concourse improvements are underway in By Sean O’Keefe
WINTER 2024┃39 accommodate the ski/bike/golf club crowd Colorado can’t help but attract. Longer-term, Phillips envisions a much improved in-line baggage system. The intent is to ensure COS stays competitive nationally while distinguishing itself regionally. “Another area we are focused on is accessibility,” says Phillips. Within the concourse, improvements focused explicitly on accessibility will include a hearing loop system in all the hold rooms and getting rid of carpet in the passenger movement areas to improve the ability of wheelchairs to move around, among other changes. “Colorado Springs is uniquely positioned to serve a large population of people with physical disabilities due to being a military community and because of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center and the new Museum. We are looking at what is being done in other airports, hotels, and hightraffic public spaces to see what else we can do for the wheeled of the world.” Though Phillips has had his hands on rehabilitating COS for most of his seven years so far, he’s aware of the challenges ahead. In meeting those challenges, he has assembled a team of design and construction professionals under COS Design & Construction Manager Deanna Stoddard that he can rely on to provide the best counsel and the best conclusion for his community. “We want to work in partnership with people with the same end goal as us, which is to serve the community of Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs
40┃ Colorado Public Works Journal minimizing distractions will require intense logistics planning. Of course, we know there could be unforeseen conditions and situations the team will have to deal with on the fly. That’s where the CM/GC process is paying off.” Putting this together began with an RFP for design services in 2018. A full six years later, the early stages of the project are underway. Physical construction started in September 2023 and is scheduled to stretch to May 2026. Phillips asserts that aviation infrastructure isn’t easy to operate or inexpensive to maintain and improve. “There are always competing priorities and limited funding in aviation. Our strategic goal is to keep our costs low so that we aren’t adding to the price of airfare,” says Phillips. ElevateCOS will be financially supported through various sources, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Airport Improvement Grant, FAA Airport Terminal Program funding, and FAA Passenger Facility Charge funding. “The project will not draw from taxpayer funds. We will cash-flow this project phase-by-phase so there are no cost increases to passengers.” “In the end, it’s about serving our community. That is what drives everything we do,” finishes Phillips. “Everything we do is to Elevate the customer experience at COS.”C COS Phases of Work Phase 1: Gates 2 and 4 / The Premier Lounge / South Bathroom Upgrades Phase 2: Gates 6, 8, and 10 / North Bathroom Upgrades Phase 3: Gates 9, 11, and 12 Phase 4: Gates 5, 7 / Hudson Group Retail Space / SSP America Food Court Phase 5: Gates 1 and 3 Phase 6: Raise Soffits and New Ceilings Phase 7: Concourse Entry and Exit Ramp Phase 8: Terrazzo Flooring in Concourse We are proud to partner with HB&A Architecture and Planning and Nunn Construction through a CM/GC process. This a first for COS compared to how the City of Colorado Springs worked in the past.” To this point, COS has operated under the Design-BidBuild rubric whereby the designer is hired and develops Construction Documents to 100 percent completion for award to qualified contractors by low-bid. In a Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) contract, the owner hires a contractor to work with the design team during preconstruction. Frequently, this results in a twostage contract for the General Contractor, who takes on preconstruction responsibilities on fee in pursuit of the building project’s Guaranteed Maximum Price or GMP. This pivotal moment becomes the owner’s buy-in point for the project’s not-to-exceed construction costs of the second contract. “The big challenge here is fairly obvious,” says Phillips of the work ahead. “We are doing important, complicated construction in the middle of an operating airport. Doing this safely and
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WINTER 2024┃43 INDUSTRY INSIGHTS feature by Sean O’Keefe A lifelong love of aviation set the stage for a rewarding career for the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Director of the Aeronautics Division, Dave Ulane, A.A.E, FRAeS. Ulane grew up in Littleton and matriculated to Metro State University of Denver, where he earned a B.S. in Aviation Management while learning the ropes of airport operations at Centennial Airport. After more than 20 years on the airport management side at scenic beauties like Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, WY, St. George Municipal Airport in St. George, UT, and Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO, in 2015, Ulane took Colorado’s top role in flight as the Director of CDOT’s Aeronautics Division. “The Aeronautics Division is the aviation branch of the state’s multimodal transportation system,” begins Ulane in explaining how his team fits within the broader scope of infrastructure in Colorado. “Our Division is composed of the only nine people out of 3,200 CDOT employees that don’t do surface transportation. They all love aviation as much as I do.” Asked to explain how it all works, as Ulane puts it, at least where aviation is concerned, in Colorado things are straightforward. “We engage with 66 public use airports in Colorado. We collect a fuel tax from all aviation fuel sold and disburse two-thirds of that revenue directly back to the airport where the fuel was sold. We use the other third to fund our grant program and various statewide initiatives, which is our discretionary allocation.” says Ulane of the Division’s economic role. “Fundamentally, what differentiates the Division of Aeronautics from the rest of CDOT is that our reporting structure is not through CDOT. We are governed by the Colorado Aeronautical Board, a seven-member board appointed by the Governor. These two elements, independent funding, and oversight, combine to allow us to do some very innovative things.” From years of personal experience, Ulane points out that the airport directors managing the publicly owned and operated airports in Colorado are all dedicated professionals, often facing considerable fiscal constraint. The Division’s vision is to be a leading state aviation organization by enhancing the efficiency, economic benefit, and sustainability of Colorado’s aviation system through funding, innovation, education, and support of current and emerging technologies. “The individual airport’s capital improvement needs are largely funded through FAA grants. We work hand in glove to layer our money with the FAA money in a completely transparent, three-way partnership,” shares Ulane. “FAA grants typically require a 10 percent local match, so we fund half of the local 10 percent match, up to $250,000 a year.” Through funding necessary improvements and runway rehabilitations statewide is the vital function, Ulane sees relationship building as the essential work of the Division. “We have three aviation planners and a program manager on our team. Each of them works with about 25 airports in their respective regions,” he continues. “The regional planners get to know each airport and its specific challenges. When airports request funding, we’re judicious. There is no formal presentation process or contending for resources among airports- funds are typically focused ‘runway in’ on the highest priority pavement maintenance projects. The Board’s funding focus is typically on smaller airports. In Creede, for instance, the runway rehabilitation effort in 2022 wasn’t eligible for federal funding. The Board recognized the importance of being able to get firefighting aircraft and emergency services to Mineral County in rural southwest Colorado, so that was prioritized.” Though the airports are the Division of Aeronautics’ primary points of contact in the state transportation system, Ulane takes special pride in serving aviation’s most affected users – the pilots. Leveraging Colorado’s unique reporting structure and the Division’s funding independence, Ulane and his team have embarked on a pivotal approach to flight safety across Colorado the public should know more about. “One cool success the Division can share is the recent implementation of aviation weather cameras across the state,” says Ulane of a flight-focused approach to aviation safety. “Today, CDOT owns and operates 43 aviation weather cameras statewide that give pilots and flight planners a real-time view of weather conditions. We put 13 of the 43 cameras at the top of key mountain peaks like Berthoud Pass and Wolf Creek Pass. The other 30 are at airports.” Ulane shares that the aviation weather camera program is a safety measure that has been in use in Alaska for some time due to that state’s volume of small aircraft traffic, erratic weather, and remote mountainous terrain. “Colorado became the first state other than Alaska to implement such a system. Since the Division has the Board’s confidence, in 2020, when the FAA agreed to support the weather camera program, we put $773,000 of state money toward making the idea a reality in just 14 months. The FAA hosts all the cameras. Anyone can easily log on to see the weather in real-time and see what it looks like on a clear day for comparison. In terms of flight safety, this is a game changer for pilots flying over the Rocky Mountains.” Link: FAA WeatherCams Asked about what maybe next, Ulane believes that aviation, and all forms of infrastructure, should keep looking toward the horizon. “The Division just kicked off the first-ever state partnership with the National Renewable Energy Lab to conduct a study looking at airport energy strategies from a statewide perspective,” says Ulane. He recognizes that things are changing. “There are now companies producing electric airplanes that seat only nine; therefore, passengers don’t have to go through TSA security. That means a flight with one pilot, no fuel, and little required of passengers ahead of time. This will open possibilities for public air travel that don’t exist today. Imagine a 20-minute flight from the eastern plains to Centennial airport without waiting on either end.” While micronizing air travel to uber-sized units sounds advantageous to passengers, Ulane reminds us that change must be anticipated and managed effectively. “We are funded by fuel taxes, so how will we be funded in the future when airplanes are electric,” asks Ulane. “The Division of Aeronautics leans into challenges. It’s in our nature.” David Ulane, A.A.E., FRAeS Director, Aeronautics Division at Colorado Department of Transportation