ECI Winter 2019 Newsletter

Between multiple successfully completed projects and even more new projects on the horizon, the ECI team has had an eventful year. Catch up on what we’ve up to and see what we have planned for the future in our winter 2019 newsletter!

 

Industry Insights: Collaboration and Communication

If you look outside your window as you drive to work or have caught a glimpse of the Denver skyline lately, you’ve most likely noticed that the construction industry is booming. While this has provided a multitude of opportunities for people to jumpstart careers and businesses, it has also brought about a few challenges that many companies are working through on a daily basis. One such challenge that seems to be front and center for most contractors is the overall shortage of resources – qualified craft workers, equipment shortages, material shortages, etc. As a general contractor, we see this challenge particularly in the subcontract market, which has a direct impact on our ability to produce reliable and accurate project schedules and budgets.

 

Over the years, we have found that one of the key ingredients to navigating these challenges is to develop and maintain solid relationships with our subcontractors and strategic partners. These relationships allow us to have open dialog with these teams to assess schedule and budget issues, not only as they develop but hopefully prior to us breaking ground. At the end of the day, it is all about effective communication among project team members. If you can establish this strong communication early on in the project, you can leverage these relationships when challenges present themselves over the course of the project – and you know they will because this is construction, after all.

 

Strong relationships are a two-way street: You have to be willing to listen if you want to be heard. It’s important to try to understand the challenges that any particular subcontractor is facing and work to help mitigate these issues. If you can do this, the subcontractor will oftentimes move mountains when needed.

 

ECI starts this process in the pre-construction phase. We sit down with key subcontractors and discuss the potential challenges that they see so that we can help them address these issues. Our team finds out what the subcontractor needs in order to have the best opportunity to be successful on the project, e.g., asking how they can provide the most efficient workflow, schedule, and area. Following this process typically sends you to the top of the subcontractor’s list for scheduling – and your project schedule and budget benefits directly as well.

 

One way that ECI accomplishes this is to monitor and cross-check schedules when we have the same subcontractor on multiple sites in an attempt to limit schedules stacking on top of each other. Unfortunately, this is sometimes unavoidable, but it is always helpful for everyone to know the plan well in advance so that we can devise a strategy on how to achieve the work, rather than figure it out once it is too late.

 

When it comes down to it, treat your subcontractors well and they will return the favor. There is a reason it is called a project team – every team member and subcontractor has a very important role in the success of a project. As a general contractor, our role is to figure out how to manage this potential and allow the team to work as efficiently as possible. If we can do this, the rest of the project takes care of itself.

 

Let the Adventure Begin: Poudre River Whitewater Park is Now Open

The idea of a local whitewater park had been a Fort Collins dream for years. Mixing the rushing rapids of mountain life with the adventurous spirit embodied by Coloradans young and old eventually propelled this vision into a reality. After much planning, designing and sheer hard work, the Poudre River Whitewater Park was officially born in October 2019. This is the very first whitewater park to open in northern Colorado, and ECI is proud to include it on our list of completed projects.

A One-of-a-Kind Venue

Construction for the park began in August 2018. It drew ample attention throughout the entire construction process – and for good reason. It includes numerous unique aspects that set it apart from other outdoor venues in the region. Along with boating features for kayaking and tubing, the park has an enormous pedestrian bridge, children’s play area, new paved trails and walkways, and it is adorned with 3,000 willow whips lining the river’s edge.

River Floodplain Improvements

The project purpose wasn’t just for recreation – our team significantly improved the river floodplain. The Poudre River 100-Year floodway was narrowed from 770 to 325 feet wide, and the conveyance of floodwater under the College Avenue Bridge increased from 12,271 to 13,900 cubic feet per second. Additionally, ECI designed, engineered and installed a coffer dam that met all state water requirements to fully divert the Poudre River, without allowing it to flood during construction activities.

Sustainability as a Chief Focus

As with all our projects, sustainability took a front seat during the entire project to preserve the natural habitat. More than 10,000 cubic yards of rock materials are included in the river, and 100 percent of river rock extracted from the Poudre River was repurposed within the park. Similarly, our design team strategically crafted three wooden benches that were repurposed from trees removed from the project site and were placed throughout the park. Our team delicately worked around the historical Coy diversion structure with links to the Poudre river’s storied agricultural past. Finally, as to not negatively impact river inhabitants, we worked with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and a fish biologist to incorporate a fish passage in the Poudre River for safe transport of fish.

A Team Effort

It is because of numerous dedicated entities that the Poudre River Whitewater Park came into fruition. A very special thanks to the following crews: The City of Fort Collins, Anderson Consulting Engineers, BHA Design Inc., S2o Design, and a strategic subcontractor team.

Visit the park, located at 201 E. Vine Drive in Fort Collins, year-round from 5 a.m.-11 p.m.!

 

 

IN THE NEWS WITH ECI!

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.

2ND ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT | 6.13.19

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 | jamie.davis@ecisite.net

WALK MS | Windsor, CO 2019


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

ECI Site Construction Spring South Platte Stewardship Day 2019

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

ECI SITE CONSTRUCTION BEGINS WORK AT NORTHWEST OPEN SPACE


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.

RESTORATION OF THE BIG THOMPSON RIVER AND RIST-GOSS DITCH BEGINS.

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

CELEBRATING THE GROUNDBREAKING TODAY, TIME TO START MOVING SOME DIRT!

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.

A cool juxtaposition, where prairie meets city—where wide open spaces connect to an unexpected urban vibe. Explore an unparalleled selection of homes from five quality builders—offering seven different products with multiple styles. Take in the epic spaces and views, from the majestic Rockies to the Platte River Valley. Connect directly to the new urban experience of City Lane, a local-to-global mix of tastes, sips, activities and escapes—all co-created by the community, for the community.

Like the visionary pioneers that settled here 150 years ago, Painted Prairie is the new frontier—welcoming a diverse mix of new urban settlers… Destined to become the new urban community, unlike anything else in Colorado.

Live life on the urban prairie… Fresh and unexpected.