As we wrap up the week and the month of May 2019, we are pleased to share our bi-annual newsletter. ECI has been fortunate to collaborate with some great partners on many exciting and diverse projects, expand our talented team, and participate in community volunteer events this spring. We want to thank everyone who is part of our success.
We are excited to continue our tradition of our 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament. We are pleased to join forces once again with Aims Community College where 100% of all of the proceeds from the tournament will be supporting our future resources! We have sponsorship opportunities still available as well as open spots for teams! Contact Jamie Davis if you have questions and would like to sign up | firstname.lastname@example.org
TEAM ECI walking for a cure. As a sponsor- our team of coworkers, family and friends spent the morning in Windsor at Boardwalk Park hoping to change the world for everyone affected by MS. Thank you to Selina Cook and Travis Coulter for taking the lead from ECI and motivating us to help spread the love. Also a huge thanks to everyone that made the event a success, from the walkers to people who financially donated. Without you, we wouldn’t have this incredible movement of passionate people who want to end MS. #ECISITE #MSWALK #togetherwearestronger
Thank you to everyone who came out to the our ECI South Platte Stewardship Day. Your hard work helps make our River and the City of Denver a better place. At ECI we are FAMILY focused, INTEGRATED within our communities, RESULTS driven and care deeply about our ENVIRONMENT – and what better way to show it by spending a day getting our parks ready for the summer! Thank you to The Greenway Foundation for all of your efforts to reclaim the South Platte River and its tributaries to a place of environmental and recreational pride.
“What a great day! A huge thank you to all the folks that made this possible and to all the volunteers. It is amazing what a community can accomplish when they come together for a common goal.” Ian Mestdagh, P.E. | Vice President of Operations, ECI Site Construction
Construction has started to renovate Northwest Open Space (NWOS), a 50-acre athletic complex located in the City of Northglenn, just south of 112th Avenue between Federal Boulevard and Huron Street. The athletic complex is made up of four baseball/softball fields and 19 turf athletic fields of various sizes, which are used for youth and adult sports, including soccer, lacrosse and football. The trails in NWOS are also used for cycling, running, walking and other outdoor recreation opportunities.
The NWOS renovation will include replacing the asphalt trails with concrete in the central portion of the site, the addition of a permanent restroom and concession building, shade structures, additional parking and improved landscaping and drainage.
Northwest Open Space was originally developed between the late 1970’s and mid 1980’s as an outdoor recreation space. Since that time, there have been minor renovations to the turf fields and baseball/softball fields, but this is the first major renovation to occur in this space. The improvements that will be made during this renovation will be very beneficial to NWOS, which is highly utilized by residents and sports leagues throughout the North Denver region.
The project was designed by a local landscape architect firm, DHM Design. “We’re excited to be part of this project for the City of Northglenn while working closely with DHM and the entire project team,” said Kevin Bringle, Project Manager for ECI Site Construction. Construction began in November and is anticipated to be complete in May 2019.
ECI Site Construction, one of the state’s leading general contractor focused on highly complex river work and parks and recreation, announced that construction has started. The Legacy River Resilience and Rist-Goss Ditch Improvement Project area is located in Larimer County, west of Loveland, between Rossum Drive and Wilson Avenue. The project is spearheaded by the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition, a non-profit organization based in Loveland whose mission is to protect and restore the ecological health of the Big Thompson Watershed for the use and enjoyment of our community today and for future generations. This project will address improving the river corridor considerably, improving recreation along the river, aquatic habitat and fishing, while making improvements that will help limit damage to the corridor during future floods.
The project will reconnect the floodplain to the river channel, encourage channel narrowing in over-widened portions, and improve bank protection and stability. In addition, the Rist-Goss ditch point of diversion will be removed and replaced with a more river and fish-friendly design that includes natural rocks and boulders to direct and deliver water to downstream water users.
The entire project team that is being led by ECI Site Construction includes FlyWater, Connell Resources and Western States Reclamation Inc.
Construction has begun and looking to complete this project by Summer 2019.
ABOUT BIG THOMPSON WATERSHED COALITION
The Big Thompson Watershed Coalition (BTWC) started as an informal grassroots organization in response to the flood of 2013. Since that time, we have been working to design, permit and construct river restoration projects to improve the long-term function of the Big Thompson River and its key tributaries. The BTWC Coalition has completed over ten large-scale river restoration projects throughout the watershed. The projects have produced a more resilient river system and surrounding watershed and enhanced recreation, fishing and aesthetic experiences along the river corridor. For more information, visit: www.bigthompson.co
Painted Prairie is a neo-traditional planned community that fits in well with the Aurora Places comprehensive plan but was on the drawing board long before the Aurora Places plan was ever conceived,” said Aurora Mayor Bob LeGare as city leaders joined developer Chris Fellows and representatives from Alberta Development Partners in celebrating the groundbreaking today, Sept. 21, for a 628-acre planned community just south of the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center. This new community will feature great design, a variety of housing and commercial uses including a vibrant town center, and a focus on quality and sustainability.
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The $2.5 million project, which began construction in December 2017 and was done in collaboration with Greeley’s Culture, Parks and Recreation, and Public Works departments, was done to not only give Woodbriar a badly needed facelift but also to address infrastructure issues in the Rolling Hills neighborhood. Residents living near Woodbriar Park typically can gauge the severity of a storm by how much flooding there is in their basements.
Hopefully neighborhood flooding will be all but eliminated in the future thanks to Woodbriar’s new 1.6 million gallon stormwater detention area, said Sarah Boyd, Greeley park planner, during Saturday’s celebration. The detention area also doubles as a soccer or football field when it’s not raining.
“When you’re talking about stormwater issues, it’s possible this could have been a pretty boring project,” said Greeley City Councilman and Rolling Hills neighborhood resident Jon Smail. “I’m proud of the collaboration between the stormwater and parks departments. It’s clear this is going to be the gem of this neighborhood.”
As important as stormwater detention is to the Rolling Hills neighborhood, what makes Woodbriar a gem among Greeley’s parks is its innovative play areas. In renovating the park, city employees were forced to down about 20 trees. Though they planted 50 new ones, the old trees were incorporated into the new playground features.
Children used real logs to build dams in the interactive sandbox and cooled off in the water that jetted from an old fashioned-style water pump. They climbed stumps and logs to get to the top of the slides, climbing walls and to play on the swings.
“This is the first installation of a nature playground in Greeley,” Boyd said. “It’s one-of-a-kind and totally unique to this site. You won’t find another one like it anywhere else in the U.S.”
In addition to educating neighborhood residents about the park’s new features, which also include looped walking trails, a sand volleyball court, a new shelter facility, restoration of Cottonwood Creek and the incorporation of water-saving native plants and grasses, park attendees also were treated to the dedication of a new art plaza. The plaza, created by Tempe, Ariz., artist Laurie Lundquist, celebrates Greeley’s history as a responsible water manager in the arid west.
Ed Rogers, chairman of the Greeley Art Commission, said the plaza is the first example of environmental art in the city.
“Usually for us, we take a piece of art, place it on a pedestal and display it somewhere in the city,” Rogers said. “This one is actually woven into the fabric of the park.
“We’ll continue to use this process in the future. It just makes sense to use the environment as your canvas.”
ECI SITE CONSTRUCTION SELECTED TO BUILD DOWNTOWN WESTMINSTER PLAZA.
Loveland, July 13, 2017.
ECI Site Construction, one of the state’s leading general contractors focused on highly complex river work and parks and recreation, announced that is has been selected by the city of Westminster, to build the Central Plaza and Phase 1 Streetscape. This development is to provide a multifaceted public space network, offer a variety of opportunities, functionality and uses emphasized by connections, and extensions into a newly established ‘downtown’ urban environment.
Although primarily landscaped with decorative pavers and concrete to accommodate full use of the plaza year-round, ample tree and shade cover as well as planted areas will create a diversity of environments. Key features of the Central Plaza include a seating knoll with seating walls, a custom granite gravity fountain that encourages year-round activity, and a custom stage that provides for informal seating and play when not in use. Informal seating is scattered throughout the site, providing opportunities for individual use, gatherings, and organized events. The Central Plaza construction will be the first public gathering space in Westminster’s new downtown development.
ECI’s CM/GC method was determined to be the best for the city because of the complexity of this project and ECI’s ability to maximize the available project budget while collaborating with the project team. This provides the opportunity to coordinate schedules with developers and integrate constructability with creative value engineering ideas and means / methods reviews and also allows construction to start sooner than a standard design/bid/build.
“ We’re thrilled to be a part of this project that will create a shared vision for the future,” said Kevin Bringle, Project Manager for ECI Site Construction.
Construction is expected to start late July and is looking to be completed in late summer 2018.
The project is being designed by WENK and Associates.
ABOUT ECI SITE CONSTRUCTION
ECI Site Construction is a forward-thinking local general contractor and construction manager specializing in building a sense of community in cities across the state of Colorado. Whether we use our CM/GC or DESIGN-BUILD approach, we pride our self in delivering projects that blend downtown redevelopment, park and sports venues and natural area restoration. We create urban environments that stimulate a renewed sense of belonging. Founded in 1980, ECI has grown to a million-dollar organization with offices in Northern Colorado and Denver Metro, making it one of the largest park contractors in the state of Colorado.
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