ENR Mountain States magazine previously announced its 2014 Best Projects award winners at the end of August (see my previous editor’s blog on this website). Now, after tabulating final results and polling our judges, we are ready to announce the finalists for Best Overall Project of the Year in both the Intermountain and Colorado & the Plains areas.
The voting for Best Overall Project of the Year was close, as always, but a handful of projects emerged as front-runners. To be considered for this honor, a project had to be a winner (first place) in its individual category and receive a first-place vote from more than one judge and at least two second-place votes from others.
The winners of this award will be announced at the breakfast award ceremonies in Salt Lake City (Oct. 28) and Denver (Oct. 30). Here are the finalists in alphabetical order.
Colorado/Wyoming Area Best Overall Finalists
(in alphabetical order)
• Denver Union Station Transit Improvements, Denver
(Winner in the Airports and Transit category)
The DUS project transformed 42 acres of blighted former railyards into the centerpiece of a vibrant, bustling lower downtown Denver, anchoring and facilitating connections between the region’s transit systems. It includes a 22-bay underground bus concourse, street realignments and connecting public plazas. At $374.8 million, it is the largest recent multimodal project completed in the United States.
Entry submitted by: Kiewit
Lead Design Firms: AECOM & SOM
Pecos Street Bridge Over I-70 Bridge Replacement, Denver
(Winner in the Highways & Bridges category)
Since its completion, the $18.6-million Pecos Street Bridge Over I-70 Replacement Project has received national attention for its innovations. It was one of the first-ever CM/GC projects for the Colorado Dept. of Transportation and utilized accelerated bridge construction (ABC). In one 50-hour closure of I-70, crews demolished the existing Pecos Bridge and used self-propelled modular transports to move a 2,400-ton, fully built replacement bridge onto I-70 and into its final location. The project team cut eight months from the anticipated completion date.
Entry submitted by: Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
Contractor: Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
Lead Design Firm: Wilson & Co. Inc., Engineers & Architects
Owner/Developer: Colorado Dept. of Transportation
Powerhouse Energy Campus at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.
(Winner in the Green Project category)
The large independent energy labs at the Powerhouse Energy Campus are one of the nation’s top academic laboratories. The campus has positioned CSU as a world leader in developing large-scale solutions to global-energy dilemmas. The expansion and renovation project, which is located in Old Town Fort Collins, maintained the building’s historical legacy and focused on demonstrating how the lab can serve as the building’s own engine. It is among the lowest-cost LEED-Platinum buildings in the country.
Entry submitted by: The Neenan Co.
Contractor/Design-Builder: The Neenan Co.
Lead Design Firm: The Neenan Co.
Owner/Developer: Powerhouse Energy Campus