Top 21 ECI Highlights of 2021

What a year! Between completing projects, employee team building and developing as a company, there certainly has been plenty to celebrate in 2021. As we close out the year and prepare for 2022, we’re recapping the top 21 highlights of 2021.

 

  1. Started and Completed Kenney’s Run Project

We started this project in May 2021 for Molson Coors and the City of Golden and had the opportunity to explore numerous innovative methods. Throughout this project, much of the Molson Coors property was removed from the 100-year flood plain, which positively impacted this flood plain along Ford Street. The project excavated and hauled away 35,000 cubic yards of dirt and includes 2,700 LF of concrete retaining walls.

 

  1. ECI’s Annual Golf Tournament Raised $24,000 for the Aims Foundation

    ECI Golf Tournament at Pelican Lakes in Windsor

We are immensely grateful for the sponsors and partners who participated in ECI’s Annual Golf Tournament in August. Thanks to the outpouring of support, the tournament raised $24,000 for the Aims Foundation. These funds will support Aims Community College’s Construction Trades Scholarship and help offset the costs of pursuing education in the construction field.

 

  1. Started Erie Community Park

ECI built Erie Community Park in 2013, and we came back for the final phase this year! The new phase will include basketball courts, an asphalt bike pump track, a sledding hill, restroom buildings, shade structures, and many more amenities.

 

  1. Participated in the MS Walk

Team ECI met up at Twin Silo Park in Fort Collins to continue our annual tradition of participating in the MS Walk to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This is a cause very near and dear to our hearts and it was a great opportunity to show our support.

 

  1. Completed Timnath Reservoir Shoreline Improvements Phase I

    Timnath Reservoir Shoreline Improvements

From January to March 2021, our team worked diligently to complete the first phase of Timnath Reservoir’s shoreline improvements. The project featured a 568-foot long retaining wall along the reservoir shoreline, which was then reinforced with riprap. It was the first large-scale modular retaining wall ECI had ever built with our own forces.

 

  1. Completed Timnath Reservoir Shoreline Improvements Phase II

After completing phase I, we jumped into the second phase of Timnath Reservoir in June. This phase included more shoreline stabilization, restrooms, a parking lot shelter, landscape and irrigation, split rail fencing and sidewalks. The project finished up in October 2021.

 

  1. ECI Ranked #2 in Flight I of BizWest’s Mercury 100 List

ECI was incredibly honored to rank #2 in Flight I of the BizWest Mercury 100 List of Fastest Growing Companies in Northern Colorado! Thanks to our clients, project partners, subcontractors, and – most of all – our stellar employees, we experienced 86 percent revenue growth in the last three years.

 

  1. Created a Company Video to Share Our Story

For more than 40 years, we have created the outdoor spaces that make Colorado feel like Colorado. From community parks to sporting fields, waterways to hiking trails, streetscapes to promenades, ECI tackles even the most challenging projects with strategy and innovation. Our new company video shares just what we’re all about. View the video here.

 

  1. Made Significant Progress on Arkins Promenade

Arkins Promenade is shaping up to be a truly iconic destination in the RiNo neighborhood of Denver. Situated along the South Platte River, the promenade will combine recreation, leisure, the natural environment, and the vibrancy of the neighborhood to create one all-encompassing linear park.

 

  1. Supported the Women’s Fund of Weld County’s Fundraiser Event

    Women’s Fund of Weld County Decadent Desserts Fundraiser

The ladies of ECI gathered in May to support the Women’s Fund of Weld County’s Decadent Desserts event. The Women’s Fund provides much-needed assistance for programs that fuel women’s educational success and self-sufficiency, and we were thrilled to be a part of this important cause.

 

  1. Completed East-West Regional Trail

We completed East-West Regional Trail in Douglas County in July 2021. The trail connects to the Incline Trail and is 4.7 miles in length, with the overall trail totaling 28 miles. ECI was responsible for building retaining walls, fencing, concrete connections, and a pedestrian bridge for the trail.

 

  1. Celebrated the Summer at TopGolf

    ECI TopGolf Event

After spending the summer working long and hard on numerous projects, we took some time to celebrate our successes at TopGolf in Thornton. It was a great way to unite as a team, not to mention brush up on our golf skills!

 

  1. Started and Completed Severance Community Park Phase II

We completed phase I of Severance Community Park in July 2020, and ECI was selected to construct phase II of the park in 2021. This phase included a new community park, two new baseball fields, and a new plaza area.

 

  1. Refreshed Our Company Core Values

After much deliberation, we felt it was time to give our core values a refresh to make sure they perfectly aligned with what we stand for as a company. We’re proud to announce that our four core values are accountable, adaptable, loyal and resilient.

 

  1. Broke Ground on the Veterans Memorial Project

    Veterans Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony

One of our most impactful moments of the year was the groundbreaking ceremony for the Veterans Memorial in Adams County. This iconic project is being built at Riverdale Regional Park and will feature numerous unique elements, most fascinating of which being a life-sized replica of the USS Colorado battleship, which will extend into the park’s lake. Learn more about the project here.

 

  1. Inspired Future Construction Leaders at Aims Career Day

We had the great opportunity to participate in the NOCO Construction Sector Partnership Construction Day at Aims Community College in November. We spent the day interacting with high school students as they learned about different facets of the construction industry.

 

  1. Completed McWhinney Car Pads

ECI worked with McWhinney Real Estate Services and SMP5 Investments LLC to install three new car display pads at I-25 Motorplex. The project included cast-in-place concrete, retaining wall elements, foundation backfill materials, and draining elements.

 

  1. Supported Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity 

We were honored to join Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity for a very special ground blessing ceremony at Harmony Cottages. Building community is what we’re all about, and we are always grateful for the opportunity to support likeminded causes.

 

  1. Started Cherry Hills Country Club Project

We are excited to be working with Cherry Hills Country Club to make improvements to Little Dry Creek. The project will include irrigation, drain pipe relocation, grading and soil preparation, and sod installation.

 

  1. Completed Mentor-Protégé Program

ECI has had the pleasure of being a part of the City and County of Denver’s Mentor Protégé Program, in which our president, Ted Johnson, has served as a mentor for Ascend Landscaping. We enjoyed sharing our thoughts on business leadership and interacting with the other mentors and proteges!

 

  1. Started Englewood Parks Renovation

ECI is working with the City of Englewood to renovate Baker Park, Cushing Park, and Centennial Park. Improvements will include restroom structures, shade structures, and new playground features.

 

Thank you to all our employees, partners, and subcontractors who have made 2021 a great year! We look forward to even more excellent collaboration in 2022.

 

 

Veterans Memorial at Riverdale Regional Park Honors Our Nation’s Heroes

While all community parks provide unparalleled value to the communities they serve, it is rare to find one that holds as much heartfelt meaning as the Veterans Memorial, located at Riverdale Regional Park in Adams County.

 

ECI broke ground on the Veterans Memorial in September 2021, and we are honored to lead such a prestigious project. The memorial is part of the plans that Adams County has in place for the advancement of Riverdale Regional Park, located at 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton. The purpose of this project is to provide a space that not only honors living military members – both active and retired – but also recognizes our nation’s heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.

 

The Veterans Memorial will progress throughout 2022 with the hope of opening to the public later that year. When completed, it will feature numerous unique elements, most fascinating of which being a life-sized replica of the USS Colorado battleship, which will extend into the park’s lake.

 

The County’s hope is that the memorial will also be used as a place where families can keep our country’s history alive. By having a space dedicated to veterans’ service to our nation, multiple generations can gather to tell their own stories of serving in the military and reflecting on the wars and battles that have given us the liberties we enjoy today.

 

Explore this one-of-a-kind project by viewing detailed renderings on Adams County’s website.

 

ECI participated in the Veterans Memorial Groundbreaking in September 2021. Left to right: Ted Johnson, Travis Coulter, Selina Cook, Ian Mestdagh, Scott Hill, Anna Hoehn

Building Outdoor Spaces. Energizing Communities. [VIDEO]

For more than 40 years, ECI Site Construction Management has been the acknowledged leader in the construction of outdoor and recreational venues throughout Colorado. While we have a vast project scope – parks, waterways, plazas, streetscapes, trails, etc. – each of our projects has the common goal of connecting people with their communities.

View our video below to learn more about how ECI builds community pride:

 

ECI’S 3rd Annual Golf Tournament Raises $22,000 for the Aims Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament was a huge success! Not only did we have the chance to catch up with many of our friends who we haven’t seen in more than a year, but the event raised $22,000 for the Aims Foundation’s construction trades scholarship program. The Aims Foundation is the charitable arm of Aims Community College, and all funds raised will help offset expenses for the next generation of construction leaders. The tournament brought in nearly double what was raised in years’ past, and we couldn’t have done it without the generosity of our partners and sponsors.

 

“I am humbled by the tremendous support that made this year’s tournament a huge success,” said Ted Johnson, president of ECI. “ECI’s business is built upon partnerships among our people, our community, and our industry. It is important now more than ever to invest in the future workforce development in Northern Colorado, and Aims Community College is one avenue that provides tangible skills that are so vital to the construction industry.”

 

The tournament took place on Friday, Aug. 20 at Pelican Lakes Resort & Golf in Windsor and rallied the support of 25 sponsors that contributed immensely to the total amount raised. These funds will go towards numerous aspects of construction students’ education, including books, attendance costs, tuition, fees, etc. During times of economic uncertainty, assisting future careers in the construction industry is more important than ever.

 

“The Aims Foundation sincerely appreciates the collaborative partnership with ECI and the construction trades industry,” said Kelly Jackson, Executive Director of the Aims Foundation. “Funds from the annual ECI golf tournament directly support scholarships for Aims construction trades students. Thank you to all who supported this event and were key to making an investment in the future of Aims students, our community and our workforce.”

 

Thank you to all the generous sponsors for their contributions:

Gold Sponsors: Albert Frei & Sons, Aqua Terra Environmental, Arvada Rent-Alls, Coloscapes Concrete, Flood & Peterson, Fusion Fabrication, HWY34 RV

Silver Sponsors: The Architerra Group, Colorado Hardscapes, Epic Service Center, FirstBank, Front Range Energy, Ground Solutions/Bedrock Slingers, Hellman & Associates, IMA Financial Group, Neuworks Mechanical, Ninyo & Moore, Terra Constructors, Weifield Group Contracting, Wipfli

Bronze Sponsors: Colorado Contractors Association, Davidson-Gebhardt Chevrolet, Hayden Outdoor Real Estate, Musco Sports Lighting, NoCo Custom Apparel

 

Check out photos from the day below!

 

 

ECI Summer 2021 Newsletter is Here!

After a year of social distancing, mask wearing, and staying at home, it sure feels good to return to normalcy and continue moving forward.

The ECI crew has been staying busy with several innovative projects, such as Jeffco Public Schools Phase II and Timnath Reservoir Shoreline Improvements, with many more on the horizon. Thank you to our staff and strategic partners for the ongoing collaboration that fuels each project.

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our annual golf tournament on Friday, August 20 at Pelican Lakes Golf Club in Windsor. The tournament will benefit the Aims Foundation Construction Trades Scholarship, which helps offset expenses for the next generation of construction leaders.

Catch up on ECI’s most recent happenings in our newsletter below.

 

Save the Date: ECI’s Annual Golf Tournament is August 20!

After a year of Zoom calls and too much time indoors, it’s time to hit the green, catch up with friends, and support the future of the construction industry!

 

We are pleased to announce that the ECI Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, Aug. 20 at Pelican Lakes Golf Club in Windsor. Shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m., followed by a day of good company and friendly competition.

 

As in years past, the tournament will benefit the Aims Foundation’s Construction Trades Scholarship. This charitable arm of Aims Community College helps offset expenses for the next generation of construction leaders. Funds raised from the tournament will go toward books, fees, attendance costs, tuition, etc. Many students have grappled with the effects and financial strains of COVID-19 over the last year, making these scholarships crucial at this time.

 

Cost to participate is $150 per person, or $600 for a foursome, which covers breakfast, lunch and registration fees. Sponsorship opportunities with numerous benefits are also available.

 

To register, please contact Lauren Weiderspon at lauren.weiderspon@ecisite.net before July 15, 2021. We’re looking forward to having a full tournament!

 

 

 

 

 

5 Ways to Support the Environment on Earth Day

For a company that values the environment as much as we do, you can bet that Earth Day is a big deal at ECI! For more than 40 years, we have been devoted to beautifying Colorado communities by improving waterways and creating the spaces that allow people to fully enjoy the outdoors. This Earth Day, we encourage you to celebrate by showing the environment a little love. Here are a few simple activities to get you started:

 

Clean Up a Local Park or Waterway

Grab a trash bag, rubber gloves and some hand sanitizer! One of the best ways you can care for the environment on Earth Day is to keep your local natural spaces trash-free. Find your favorite hiking trail, community park, or riverway and enjoy some quality outdoors time, while pitching debris. You’ll feel like a million bucks after filling a bag or two!

 

Start a Vegetable Garden at Home

Promote sustainable agriculture right in your own backyard…literally! Planting and eating your own herbs and vegetables is a great way to be environmentally friendly. There’s no better time to take the leap than on Earth Day.

 

Go for a Bike Ride

Show your love for the earth by reducing your carbon emissions for the day (or weekend!). Swap your gas-guzzling vehicle for a bike to get to work this week. Fortunately, Colorado’s bike-friendly culture and numerous bike trails makes this an easy feat.

 

Plant a Tree

Planting a tree is truly one of the best ways to promote an environmentally friendly lifestyle. They improve soil and water conservation, increase wildlife habitat, help moderate local climate, among several other benefits. Plus, what a great legacy to leave for future generations!

 

Consider Supporting an Environmental Nonprofit

We’ve partnered with The Greenway Foundation for quite a few years and are so proud of the work they do to revitalize rivers and promote water stewardship. The Denver waterway scene wouldn’t be the same without them, and we are grateful for the important educational opportunities they provide. If you’re looking for a worthy environmental nonprofit to support, check them out!

 

Wishing you a very happy Earth Day, and here’s to being good stewards to our Colorado environment!

 

 

 

Showing Some Love for the South Platte River: Our Top 6 South Platte River Projects

The South Platte River has been an iconic landmark of Denver long before ECI was founded in 1980. Throughout history, it has been used as a water source, gathering place and recreational venue. We have been fortunate to work on several projects along the South Platte River over the past decade, and in the spirit of the month of February, we’re showing some love for some of our favorite projects in the area.

 

South Platte River Trail, Completed in 2015

For this project, we partnered with Adams County to create a recreational trail connection along the east side of the South Platte River in Brighton, running from 108th Avenue to 120th Avenue. This remote location required site prep and demolition to clear trees and undergrowth prior to installing the concrete bike path, while maintaining erosion and sediment control. A 120-foot prefabricated bridge was installed over the river, along with a 64-foot bridge to cross the Bull Seep Canal.

 

Pasquinel’s Landing Park, Completed in 2016

The renovation of Pasquinel’s Landing Park was part of the City and County of Denver’s plan to improve the ecological health and accessibility to the South Platte River corridor, while providing flood control and bank stabilization. A secondary channel was created to allow access to slow moving water, and a low water crossing provided a path to a new rock jetty for fishing. Additionally, a new ADA accessible trail and other crusher fine trails with boulder seat walls wind around the turf picnic lawn and river overlook. Many of the existing, mature trees were protected during construction, while new landscaping and irrigation was installed, along with native grass areas.

 

Grant Frontier Park, Completed in 2016

The location of Grant Frontier Park was one of the first places gold was discovered in the South Platte River near Denver. The centerpiece of the park, a 200-year-old cottonwood tree, was protected and is now surrounded by seat boulders, a plaza and picnic area. River access was restored by constructing a secondary channel and concrete jetty, separating the main park from a new island. A new playground, shade structures, walking trails and retaining walls provide additional areas of play, and a new parking lot allows for more public access.

 

Confluence Park, Completed in 2017

One of our most iconic projects, Confluence Park has been dubbed “The Heart of Denver” and posed unique challenges for our team. The ADA access area of Shoemaker Plaza at Confluence Park required extensive renovations to improve safety and usability. The process started with securing and de-watering the area with sheet piling and demolition of the plaza. During the shore work, buried coal tar was discovered, requiring the client to pause construction for one year to address water treatment and filtering. Once the new plan was finalized, ECI prioritized the safe removal of the contaminated soils. The project continued with updating the ramps and the plaza, providing safe river access, and adding new landscaping and lighting.

 

Platte Farm Open Space, Completed in 2020

Platte Farm Open Space is just a stone’s throw away from the South Platte River and is one of our most recently completed projects in the area. In collaboration with the City and County of Denver and Mile High Flood District, we created a detention pond to help with stormwater and flooding in the adjacent neighborhood. The park also included an open space with trails, landscaping and irrigation, access roads to the neighborhood, and new on-street parking. We used multiple different shoring systems throughout the course of this project, and we built the project’s log features, which include log steppers and a 220 LF Log Border.

 

Arkins Promenade, In Progress

The Arkins Promenade combines recreation and the natural environment to create a linear park along the South Platte River. Once completed later this year, promenade visitors will be able to enjoy an elevated walkway with seating areas, outdoor classrooms, and viewing platforms 16 feet above the river bank. The project will also enhance natural vegetation. Stormwater will be treated using landscape-based water quality areas, which will connect vegetated swales with chase drains and shallow conveyances. Existing outfalls that served Arkins Court as a street will be reused for the stormwater from the park and adjacent roads.

 

Here’s to many more years of improving and enjoying the South Platte River!

20 Things That Happened in 2020 (Besides a Pandemic)

A pandemic, an election, a few hundred jaw-dropping moments in between… that’s how most of us will remember 2020. While this chaotic year has brought about an endless supply of head-hurting news headlines, we like to look on the sunny side whenever possible. As we close up the year and look forward to 2021, let’s take a moment to highlight the top 20 ECI happenings of 2020:

 

  1. We Celebrated Our 40 Year Anniversary!

While our plans for a grand party were sadly dashed, we are still immensely proud to mark this noteworthy milestone. Learn about 40-year history and how we evolved into Colorado’s leading outdoor spaces general contractor here.

 

  1. Completed Site Work Along Cherry Creek in Denver

This project took place in two phases and concluded in early 2020. ECI built four ungrouted boulder drop structures, self-performed all earthwork, and managed 10 times the normal winter flow, due to Cherry Creek Reservoir release all winter. Read more>

 

  1. Started and Finished ECCV Expansion and Sitework

The purpose of this project was to enhance and upgrade the stormwater system at the ECCV headquarters, as well as create a new maintenance building, parking, site utilities, MSE walls, concrete flatwork, and additional landscape and irrigation. We began working on this project in January and wrapped it up in October.

 

  1. Participated in College Career Fairs

Interacting with emerging talent in the construction field has always been one of our favorite things to do. We were fortunate to participate in a few career fairs in January and February before the insanity hit. Thank you to Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, and University of Colorado for having us!

 

  1. Started and Finished Platte Farm Open Space

In collaboration with the City and County of Denver and Mile High Flood District, ECI created a detention pond to help with stormwater and flooding in the adjacent neighborhood. The park also included an open space with trails, landscaping and irrigation, access roads to the neighborhood, and new on-street parking. Learn more>

 

  1. Selina Stepped into COO Position

Hats off to Selina Cook! After 17 years of shaping ECI into the company it is today, Selina transitioned from Vice President of Finance and Administration to Chief Operating Officer. Learn more about her career journey.

 

  1. Started and Finished 39th Avenue Greenway

ECI’s scope for this project included the amenity plazas with large paver areas, nature play components, and associated boulder work. The final greenway featured nature playgrounds, paver plazas, a community garden, and site furnishings.

 

  1. ECI Donated $7,000 to Aims Foundation

While we unfortunately could not host our annual golf tournament to benefit the Aims Foundation, we partnered with Flood and Peterson, FirstBank, and The Greenway Foundation to raise $7,000 for construction trades students. Read more>

 

  1. Completed Painted Prairie

ECI built the main neighborhood park and five pocket parks at the Painted Prairie housing development near DIA, spanning a total of 22 acres. They include numerous fascinating amenities, such as custom play structures, sport fields, community gardens, sand beaches, shade structures, etc. Read more>

 

  1. Started and Finished Fort Collins High School Track and Field

ECI was contracted to do a complete overhaul of Fort Collins High School’s track and field, which consisted of a new synthetic football field, new track, and new long jump and pole vault runways. Read more>

 

  1. ECI Received the Top Honor in BizWest’s Mercury 100 List

We are truly humbled that ECI ranked in the number one spot for Flight I of BizWest’s Mercury 100 Fastest Growing Companies list for Northern Colorado. 100 companies are honored every year, and we achieved the top rank due to our 108 percent annual revenue growth from 2017-2019. Read more>

 

  1. Started and Finished Jeffco Public Schools Phase II

After successfully completing the first round of turf and field improvements for nine schools in Jeffco in 2019, ECI was contracted to conduct the second round of improvements. This phase featured six schools, and renovations included replacing grass sports fields with synthetic turf and the installation of post-tension tennis and track facilities to improve safety and durability.

 

  1. Celebrated Groundbreaking of Arkins Promenade in RiNO

The RiNO Promenade will combine recreation, leisure, the natural environment, and the vibrancy of the neighborhood to create one all-encompassing linear park along the South Platte River. We look forward to completing this project in 2021! Read more>

 

  1. Travis Made BizWest’s 40 Under Forty List

Congrats to our Vice President of Pre-Construction, Travis Coulter! Travis was one of the 40 young professionals to be honored by BizWest for his professional achievements over the years. We celebrated this accomplishment with a virtual event.

 

  1. Started and Finished Timnath Community Park

ECI was selected as the general contractor for phase two of Timnath Community Park. The 12-acre second phase features a more natural style of playground, a large open play field, additional parking, a large pedestrian bridge, a new dog park and a custom restroom building.

 

  1. Started and Finished Severance Community Park

Just down the road from Timnath Community Park, we built a new community park for the Town of Severance. Aspects of the park included new turn lanes into the park, 26 acres of earthwork, a large sod field for town events, and new parking. It also featured baseball and softball fields, a sledding hill, and other landscape and site features. Read more>

 

  1. Participated in Mentor Protégé Program

ECI has had the pleasure of being a part of the City and County of Denver’s Mentor Protégé Program, in which our president, Ted Johnson, has served as a mentor for Ascend Landscaping. We enjoyed sharing our thoughts on business leadership and interacting with the other mentors and proteges!

 

  1. Broke Ground on Erie Community Park Final Phase

We completed the first phase of Erie Community Park eight years ago, and we’re looking forward to working on the final phase in 2021! We broke ground in December, and the new phase will include basketball courts, an asphalt bike pump track, and many more amenities.

 

  1. Started Working on East West Trail

We are immensely excited to be working on East West Trail in 2021. This new trail will connect to The Incline trails in Douglas County.

 

  1. Getting to Say Bye to 2020

While there certainly have been plenty of highlights of this dismal year, we are just as relieved as you are to see 2020 come to a close.

 

Cheers to 2021!