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 202! 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!

 

 

Let’s Finish Erie Community Park…The Final Phase Begins!

It’s been nearly eight years since ECI completed the first phase of Erie Community Park, and we’re back for round two! The first phase marked a pinnacle moment for ECI – and the Town of Erie – as it included the world’s first permanent outdoor Street League-certified skateboarding park. Since its opening in January 2013, the park has been used by residents and visitors alike as a place to gather and recreate. We are thrilled to announce that ECI has been selected as the general contractor to finish the last phase of this community gem.

 

Erie Community Park, located at 450 Powers Street, currently spans 41 acres and features ballfields, playground, shaded seating areas, and tennis courts. The new phase will expand on this area and include:

  • Custom shelter and restroom facility
  • Basketball courts
  • Asphalt bike pump track
  • Energy awareness-themed playground
  • Outdoor reading rooms
  • Earthwork and drainage improvements
  • Walking trails

 

ECI’s project team participated in a special groundbreaking ceremony in December 2020, along with several key players in the project: Town of Erie, Design Concepts, and Wember Inc. This project would not be possible without the generous grants from Great Outdoors Colorado, Department of Local Affairs, and the Regional Air Quality Council.

 

We look forward to sharing updates as the project progresses!

ECI Fall 2020 Newsletter

2020 will certainly go down in history for more than a few reasons, but ECI will be remembering it as our 40th anniversary year!

While we were hoping this milestone year would be full of celebrations and gatherings rather than masks and social distancing, we are incredibly fortunate to have completed several successful projects with more on the horizon. Thank you to our staff and strategic partners for the ongoing collaboration that keeps us moving forward.

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

New Track and Field for Fort Collins High School

It’s safe to say that schools are undergoing numerous changes this year. While most of them come with a host of new challenges, we’re thrilled to add a positive change to the mix! We recently finished a complete renovation of Fort Collins High School’s track and field and are excited to share the details.

 

The project ran from July-October 2020, and improvements consisted of a new synthetic football field, new track, and new long jump and pole vault runways. The updates replaced old, worn out elements to improve safety and usability for student athletes. The endeavor was unique in that the project team was able to reuse some of the existing drainage features, adding to the project’s sustainability.

 

We couldn’t have accomplished this project without our dedicated project team. Special thanks to Poudre School District, BHA Design, Academy Sports Turf, and a strategic team of subcontractors.

 

We look forward to students using these spaces for many years to come!

The Essential Need for Parks During a Pandemic

For 40 years, we have lived by the belief that our community deserves plenty of outdoor spaces to recreate and enjoy nature. With all the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, parks and green spaces have become even more vital for maintaining health and happiness during tough times. We recently came across a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, detailing the importance of open spaces in relation to physical and mental health, and we thought we’d share some of the highlights – as well our own thoughts on the subject!

 

Physical Activity Reduces COVID-19 Risk Factors

We all know that physical activity benefits your overall health, but studies show that outdoor activity and exposure to nature specifically correlate to reducing COVID-19 risk factors. Exercise is proven to lower the chances of developing cardiovascular disease, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes – all of which are linked to intensifying symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Mental Health Benefits of Experiencing Nature

Mental illness has been dubbed the unspoken collateral damage of the COVID-19 pandemic. The debilitating mental side effects of isolation and lack of human interaction can be very harmful for those who already struggle with mental health issues. Exercising and spending time in nature reduce stress and depression, as well as release endorphins that improve mental wellbeing.

 

Socially Distanced, Safe and Still Moving

Even as public places have started reopening, many don’t feel comfortable being enclosed in a gym. Fortunately, experts are saying that outdoor spaces are relatively safe during a pandemic when people stay more than six feet apart, wear face masks, and refrain from long conversations with others. With a beautiful Colorado fall on the horizon, parks and outdoor spaces are the perfect place to engage in physical activity.

 

Recommendations for Urban Areas in the Future

The CDC article notes that those who live in dense urban areas may be at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19 and have limited access to parks and open spaces. A couple ideas for resolving this issue include an “open streets” style initiative, in which city blocks are closed off for a day to encourage outdoor activity. Additionally, transforming unused natural spaces in urban areas into functioning recreational pockets have tremendous benefits, not only on residents’ wellbeing but on the environment as well. Learn more about this concept with our newest RiNO Promenade project.

 

Colorado Parks to Explore

Itching to get out of the house and spend some quality time at Colorado parks? Here are just a few pandemic-friendly outdoor spaces that ECI has created:

 

 

 

ECI Receives Top Honor in BizWest’s Mercury 100 Fastest Growing Company List

And the winner is… ECI!! We are so incredibly excited to announce that ECI has ranked in the number one spot for Flight I of BizWest’s Mercury 100 Fastest Growing Companies list for Northern Colorado. The Mercury 100 list is among the top honors a Northern Colorado business can receive, and we are very proud to top the 2019 list.

 

The list was announced in September 2020 and is determined by the annual revenue growth from 2017-2019. 100 companies are honored every year – 50 in Northern Colorado and 50 in Boulder Valley – and each region is divided into five “flights,” based on each company’s 2019 annual revenue. Our revenue placed us in Flight I, and due to our 108 percent growth from 2017-2019, we ranked number one in our flight.

 

This honor coincides with our 40th year in business, making it even more special. ECI was founded by Brian Peterson in 1980 as a one-man landscape contractor. Over the past four decades, ECI has grown to become the largest northern Colorado and Denver-area general contractor that specializes in the construction of landmark parks, sporting fields and other premier outdoor spaces that bring communities together and boost local economies.

 

Some of our most notable Northern Colorado projects include:

  • Loveland Sports Park Phases I and II: Loveland, 2006 and 2019
  • Spring Canyon Park: Fort Collins, 2007
  • MAX/Bus Rapid Transit: Fort Collins, 2014
  • Mehaffey Park: Loveland, 2015
  • Twin Silo Park: Fort Collins, 2017
  • Poudre River Whitewater Park: Fort Collins, 2019
  • Timnath Community Park Phase II: Timnath, 2020

 

Thank you to our stellar team of dedicated employees and collaborative industry partners for 40 years of partnership, growth, and beautifying Colorado.