ECI Fall 2022 Newsletter is Here!

We can’t believe 2022 is already coming to a close. Our team has had quite the year closing out numerous innovative projects – including Arkins Promenade in Denver and Kenney’s Run Greenway in Golden – and setting to work on several new ones.

In addition to continuing to create the outdoor spaces that make Colorado feel like Colorado, we have invested in our community through charitable endeavors, such as ECI’s 4th Annual Golf Tournament that raised $28,000 for the Aims Foundation Construction Trades Scholarship.

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

ECI 4th Annual Golf Tournament Raises $28,000 for Aims Foundation

We are excited to announce that our 4th Annual Golf Tournament held on Sept. 30, 2022 raised more than $28,000 for the Aims Community College Foundation’s ECI Construction Trades Scholarship. The foundation is the charitable arm of Aims Community College, and all funds raised will help offset expenses for the next generation of construction leaders.

“Thank you to the many sponsors that came out to support the construction industry and our future workforce. Because of their generosity, the sold-out tournament raised 25 percent more than last year,” said Ted Johnson, president of ECI. “ECI is built on partnerships among our people, community and industry, and we are grateful for avenues like Aims Community College that provides tangible skills that are so vital to the development of the construction industry.”

The tournament was hosted at Pelican Lakes Resort & Golf in Windsor and rallied the support of 21 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. ECI has been supporting the Aims Foundation for several years and solely funds their construction trades scholarship. It is our pleasure to contribute to the success of students who will soon take on the role of leaders in our industry.

“The Aims Foundation strives to create meaningful corporate partnerships for education to employment pathways, and ECI has been at the forefront for creating an avenue of support for students in the construction trades programs,” said Kelly Jackson, Executive Director of the Aims Foundation. “Support from the annual golf tournament ensures student success and development of a valuable workforce. We thank ECI for setting the example for industry partners and for investing in the future.”

 

Thank you to all the generous sponsors for their contributions:

Beverage Sponsor:
Wipfli

Lunch Sponsor:
Flood and Peterson

Breakfast Sponsors:
Arvada Rent-Alls
Hellman & Associates

Gold Sponsors:
Aims Community College Foundation
Bobcat of the Rockies
Colorado Hardscapes
Coloscapes Concrete
Front Range Energy
Ground Solutions/Bedrock Slingers
Lithko Contracting
Peak Kia North
Powell Restoration
Weifield Group

Media Sponsor:
Colorado Construction & Design Magazine

Closest to the Pin Sponsors:
NoCo Custom Apparel
Sears Real Estate
Well Works

Longest Drive Sponsors
Pilot Thomas Logistics
Shirazi Benefits
UNI Design

Enjoy some photos from the day! Photography courtesy of Colorado Construction and Design Magazine.

What’s New at ECI? Summer 2022 Updates

It’s been a busy summer for team ECI! We have finished numerous long-awaited projects and kept the ball rolling with several new projects across northern Colorado and the Denver region. Read up on what’s new below, and click each project header for more info and project photos!

 

Recently Completed Projects:

Arkins Promenade

The Arkins Promenade combines recreation and the natural environment in a linear park along the South Platte River. Promenade visitors can enjoy an elevated walkway with seating areas, outdoor classrooms, and viewing platforms 16 feet above the river bank.
Owner: City and County of Denver
Architect: Wenk Associates

Downtown Westminster

ECI’s work on this project started with the construction of the Downtown Plaza, which consisted of a splash feature, restroom building, and pavilion area. Our scope continued with putting the final touches on five city blocks.
Owner: City of Westminster
Architect: Wenk Associates

Kenney’s Run Greenway

This project removed much of the Molson Coors property from the 100-year flood plain, which positively impacted this flood plain along Ford Street. The project created a wider sidewalk on the east side of Ford Street, and the channel bottom featured naturalistic landscaping.
Owner: Molson Coors and City of Golden
Engineer: ICON Engineering

Erie Community Park Final Phase

ECI completed Erie Community Skate Park in 2013, and we were contracted to finish the final phase eight years later. This last stretch includes basketball courts, a sledding hill, restroom buildings, shade structures, and many more amenities.
Owner: Town of Erie
Architect: Design Concepts

Cherry Hills Country Club

ECI rerouted Little Dry Creek through holes 13-17 of Cherry Hills Country Club. We removed thousands of feet of grouted boulders from the banks of the creek, banked the slopes back to create a more natural stream, added rock to the bed and banks of the creek to help with flow, and removed and replaced two brick cart bridges.
Owner: Cherry Hills Country Club
Engineer: Muller Engineering Company

 

Projects in the Works:

Veterans Memorial

The Veterans Memorial will provide a space that honors our nation’s heroes and feature numerous unique elements, most fascinating of which being a replica of the USS Colorado battleship, which will extend into the park’s lake.
Owner: Adams County
Architect/Engineer: Otak, Inc. and DHM Design

Coal Creek Park

This park redevelopment for the Town of Erie will include the following elements: Splash pad/ice rink, restroom/shelter, utilities, shade shelters, storage building, lighting, landscape and irrigation.
Owner: Town of Erie
Architect: Wenk Associates

Cheyenne-Arapaho Park

This 4.6-acre park will include a community garden, off-leash dog area, natural play area with extended cottonwood creek bed, and multiple picnic and shade areas. The park will benefit residents by supporting quality of life and providing additional opportunities for recreation and nature experiences close to home.
Owner: Arapahoe County
Architect: Stream Landscape Architecture

Englewood Parks Renovations

ECI is renovating Cushing Park, Centennial Park, and Baker Park in Englewood. The finished parks will include numerous new features, including a new skate park, restroom buildings, picnic shelters, playgrounds and site furnishings.
Owner: City of Englewood
Engineer: Goodbee & Associates

Circle Point Park

This project consists of the redevelopment of an existing park in the Circle Point Business Park to a true amenity. There will be outdoor workspaces, meeting spaces, walking trails, grass field, social areas with one even including a putting green.
Owner: NBC Metropolitan District
Architect/Engineer: Wenk Associates and JVA Engineering

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

ECI is creating an ecological park off the plaza of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science through City Park. The project features several unique elements to mimic natural areas in Colorado, including multiple different types of boulders, a box canyon, and several natural play areas.
Owner: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, City and County of Denver
Architect/Engineer: DIG Studio, Muller Engineering

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!