Saunders Construction, Inc. - News http://www.saundersci.com en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Central by Imulus (http://imulus.com) frontdesk@saundersci.com ENR Mountain States: Women Helping to Reshape Construction as Their Numbers in the Industry Rise http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/WIC_Article_Edwards.html ]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/WIC_Article_Edwards.html Ryan Balakas, Vice President of Operations, Named One of ENR Mountain States’ 2017 Top Young Professionals http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/Balakas_Top20_40.html ]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/Balakas_Top20_40.html Heath Construction, a Saunders Company, Announce Changes to Leadership Team in Northern Colorado http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/Heath_Leadership_update.html
(Fort Collins, Colo.) January 23, 2017 – Fort Collins-based Heath Construction, LLC in collaboration with parent company, Saunders Construction, Inc., announced today the transition of key leadership roles that will ensure continued growth and market presence in northern Colorado. Dave Sandlin has been named president of Heath Construction and Randy DeMario, who has served as Heath’s president for 24 years, will move into to an advisory role and facilitate the transition while providing key strategic planning.

“It’s been an honor to lead such a great company over the past 24 years, and I am excited to start a new adventure and engage in other endeavors outside of the organization,” said DeMario. “As I move on to other interests within the community, I have the utmost confidence in Dave Sandlin and his ability to lead the company in continued growth and development.” 

Sandlin is responsible for overseeing northern Colorado operations and aims to empower all employees to perform at their highest level and form lasting relationships with customers. Having worked at Saunders for several years, he is integral to perpetuating the company culture that is based upon Care, Collaboration, Commitment and Community.  

“I see my new role at Heath Construction as an opportunity to support the growth of the company and enhance the environment of professionalism and collaboration,” said Sandlin. “I am excited to move back to northern Colorado and become a contributing member of the local business community. As a company, we are proud to continue the local legacy started by the Heath family over 40 years ago and intend to be a separate, local northern Colorado operation wherein our employees live, work, employ, spend and play in the NOCO neighborhood.” 

In addition, several new additions have been made to the growing Heath Construction team including Scott Mikulak, preconstruction manager, and Derek Breier, construction manager. Mikulak will manage the up-front efforts on all negotiated projects and help set up the projects for success. 

“The creation of my role means Heath Construction is making a concerted effort to grow our annual quantity of negotiated projects,” commented Mikulak. “I have been working as a preconstruction manager for the last 16 years and now have the opportunity to grow a Preconstruction Department in northern Colorado working alongside the Saunders team.” 

Breier oversees operations and ensures the proper resources are in place to make each project successful.  

“We have a strong core of operations staff at Heath and I am honored to be here in a position where I can both support them and help them reach their fullest potential,” said Breier. “Our operations team is always working to strengthen our core process and we will work to maintain an innovative atmosphere where our team can work together to constantly improve the way our organization functions.”

About Heath

Founded in 1977, Heath Construction is northern Colorado’s leading provider of construction management, general contracting and facilities maintenance services. We’re proud to say we’ve built and maintained many of the most exceptional retail, office, municipal, healthcare, high-tech and educational facilities in our community. Heath’s determination to deliver exceptional, cost-effective services on every project has led to long-standing relationships with local businesses in northern Colorado. In 2014, Saunders Construction acquired Heath Construction, creating a new construction solutions provider in the northern Colorado market – one that leverages Saunders’ experience and resources with Heath’s local relationships and resume. 


About Saunders 

Saunders serves the commercial building industry as a full-service general contractor, design-builder and construction manager. A leader in the Colorado construction industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders’ experience includes a wide range of project types. Saunders is one of the region’s largest general contractors and is the recipient of more than 100 industry awards for its construction excellence, employee achievements and community contributions.  In addition, Saunders is a member of the Citadel Group – an alliance of seven regional construction-related companies with operations in 19 cities. For additional information, please visit www.saundersci.com.

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Mon, 23 Jan 2017 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/Heath_Leadership_update.html
Colorado Real Estate Journal: Dairy Block Development Delivers Heart and Soul http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/CREJ_Dairy_Block_122016.html ]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/CREJ_Dairy_Block_122016.html Saunders Construction Names David Martino Vice President of Finance http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/Martino_Hire.html
David Martino

Denver, Colo. – November 29, 2016 – Saunders Construction, Inc., one of the top general contractors in Colorado, is proud to announce that David Martino has been named the company's new Vice President of Finance. In his new role, Martino will be responsible for overseeing the accounting and finance team while helping lead the company through a period of controlled growth. Martino, a Colorado Certified Public Accountant and member of AICPA, has 17 years of experience and has led the finance departments of several of Colorado’s high volume public companies.  

“It is with much excitement that we welcome David Martino to our leadership team at Saunders Construction,” said Greg Schmidt, President and CEO of Saunders. “We are confident that he will continue our strong tradition of developing leadership skills among our team of employees through empowerment and engagement, while educating through his extensive experience.” 

Martino comes to Saunders Construction from MarkWest Energy Partners where he served as the Director of General Accounting for three years, and then as Vice President/Controller for three years. In this position, Martino ensured that quarterly and annual regulatory filings were completed in accordance with regulatory guidelines, ensured training and adherence to SOX controls and processes, led various system and process implementations, and managed and led a group of 40 employees including the Project and Fixed Asset Accounting group, which was responsible for over $1.5 billion in annual CIP and $12 billion in property, plant and equipment. 

Prior to this role, Martino served as the Director of Accounting for Vail Resorts, Inc. where he oversaw and managed the accounting for mountain operations and private clubs.  

“I am honored to join such a successful and highly respected company that is positioned to grow and make a difference in the community in which we live,” said Martino. “As a local company and one of the most respected commercial builders in the Rocky Mountain Region, I believe Saunders will play a significant role in ensuring that Denver continues be a great place to live and do business by providing high quality, aesthetically appealing places to live, work and play in the Denver metro area.” 

As Vice President of Finance, Martino will be responsible for overseeing the accounting and finance aspects of the business and providing leadership to help position the company for continued success long into the future. 

Headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, Saunders Construction has over 400 employees and is currently working on more than 30 projects, valued from $1 million to $150 million in construction costs, in Colorado as well as several other surrounding states. 

About Saunders

Saunders serves the commercial building industry as a full-service general contractor, design-builder and construction manager.  A leader in the Colorado construction industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders’ experience includes a wide range of project types. Saunders is one of the region’s largest general contractors and is the recipient of more than 100 industry awards for its construction excellence, employee achievements and community contributions.  In addition, Saunders is a member of the Citadel Group – an alliance of seven regional construction-related companies with operations in 19 cities. For additional information, please visit www.saundersci.com.

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/Martino_Hire.html
Saunders Construction Receives the Prestigious “BEST Award” from Association for Talent Development http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/ATD_Best_Award.html

Award Recognizes Organizational Commitment to Developing TalentATD BEST Winner Logo

(Centennial, Colo.) October 25, 2016 –  Saunders Construction, Inc., is proud to announce that it ranked 19th in the Association for Talent Development’s (ATD) 2016 BEST Awards program. Saunders was among 35 finalists from six countries, and one of only three in Colorado to receive a 2016 BEST Award. All winners are featured in a special section of the October 2016 issue of TD, ATD’s monthly magazine.

“Over the last decade, Saunders has changed the way that talent development interacts with and affects our business. We set a strong expectation that learning is part of our culture and an essential requirement of each employee’s role,” said Greg Schmidt, President & CEO. “Training is being approached in a spectrum of innovative ways and as a result, we have seen direct business impacts to our operational readiness, risk management, and process alignment. We look forward to continuing our enthusiasm for learning and giving our employees more opportunities for both professional and personal growth.”

Members of Saunders Human Resources Department received the BEST Award during a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. on October 5.  Prior to the ceremony, winning organizations were invited to share their best practices with other training and talent development practitioners at the Learn from the BEST conference.

The BEST Awards are the talent development industry’s most rigorous and coveted recognition. The BEST Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success through talent development.

“I am tremendously proud that Saunders’ ongoing emphasis on employee training and retention has resulted in this prestigious award,” said Megan Galloway, Training and Development Business Partner for Saunders Construction. “Saunders has worked tirelessly to cater our training program to the actual needs of employees and develops training skills that can be implemented every day on the job site.”

Saunders’ comprehensive training programs help identify and grow future leaders, guide professional and ethical decision-making, and foster skillsets. Recently, Saunders made steps to enhance its training program — starting with employing Galloway as the Training and Development Business Partner. Her role includes developing and implementing custom training programs, managing the training calendar, recommending personalized training plans and coordinating all training efforts on behalf of the organization.

Also new in 2015 was an English class for Spanish-speaking employees. Offered by demand, the eight-week course was designed to improve English translation for safer project sites, better communication and increased growth opportunities. Mandatory safety training courses are required for all employees and ongoing career development classes are available to employees poised for upward mobility to ensure preparedness in their next role. These efforts resulted in the doubling of training hours from 2014 to 2015 and an increase in overall training hours of 268 percent.

“Creating innovative, vibrant learning cultures and developing talent in ways that clearly contribute to strategic business goals, are hallmarks of ATD BEST winners,” says Tony Bingham, ATD President and CEO. “They get it. Leaders in these organizations value the impact that talent development achieves, because they know that having a knowledgeable and skilled workforce drives success.”

Saunders Construction competed against nearly 150 organizations from 13 countries. Every organization submitted quantitative and qualitative information to ATD about their talent development practices and programs. Applications were assessed in a blind review by members of the BEST Awards advisory committee, a select group of experts in the field.

This is the sixteenth year of the BEST Awards. More information about the 2016 ATD BEST Award winners may be found in the October 2016 issue of TD magazine.

About Saunders

Saunders serves the commercial building industry as a full-service general contractor, design-builder and construction manager.  A leader in the Colorado construction industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders’ experience includes a wide range of project types. Saunders is one of the region’s largest general contractors and is the recipient of more than 100 industry awards for its construction excellence, employee achievements and community contributions.  In addition, Saunders is a member of the Citadel Group – an alliance of seven regional construction-related companies with operations in 19 cities. For additional information, please visit www.saundersci.com.

About ATD
The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is the world’s largest professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees, improve performance, and help to achieve results for the organizations they serve. Originally established in 1943, the association was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).

ATD’s members come from more than 120 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD supports talent development professionals who gather locally in volunteer-led U.S. chapters and international member networks, and with international strategic partners. For more information, visit www.td.org.

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LEED Platinum Certification Awarded to the University of Colorado Boulder Recreation Facility, Built by Saunders http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/CU_Boulder_Rec_Platinum.html

CU-Boulder Recreation Center Ice Rink Completed Recreation Center is Among the Country’s Most Energy Efficient

October 11, 2016 – Saunders Construction, Colorado’s leading construction company, is proud to announce that LEED Platinum Certification was achieved for the design and construction of the University of Colorado Boulder Recreation Center in Boulder, Colo.  Saunders is the region’s leader in sustainable construction with 43 completed projects that have achieved LEED Certification – four of which achieved LEED Platinum, the highest level in certification program of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

“For this particular project, the University understood that in order to continue attracting students, as well as satisfy the needs of current students, this Rec Center had to be anything but average,” said Mike Pask, Construction Manager of Saunders Construction. “The result was the completion of one of the most energy efficient and cutting edge student recreation facilities in the country.”

The project entailed a renovation of the existing 215,000-square-foot Recreation Center and an addition of 93,000 square feet. The updated recreation center provides CU-Boulder students with expanded weight and cardio space; a new ice rink with stadium seating and overhead LED lighting; a new, three-story rock climbing gym with bouldering wall; an outdoor aquatics facility; a new indoor turf gym; four lighted rooftop tennis courts; a new entrance/lobby; and renovated indoor pools, gyms, and locker rooms.

The team, including Davis Partnership Architects, Cannon Design and The RMH Group, designed an innovative heat recovery loop, which allows excess heat from a multitude of sources to be moved around the building to where it is most needed (e.g., swimming pools, domestic hot water). Evaporative cooling, heat recovery, thermal displacement ventilation, radiant slab heating, and daylight harvesting are among the many other techniques enhancing the building’s energy profile. The design of the cooling system did not use chillers or cooling towers as direct/indirect evaporative cooling is the primary cooling source. Solar collector panels are used to heat the domestic water and provide backup heating water.

Saunders was responsible for ensuring that construction was completed in an efficient manner as to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, while bearing in mind project budget, schedule and scope. Among the top innovative features within the facility are:

  • Direct/indirect evaporating cooling system - Created with the help of RMH Group’s 3-D software, the system is used for both heating and cooling, and is textbook perfect for energy efficiency. The system is relatively simple; the excess heat generated by the ice arena’s cooling system is used to warm the water in the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as tap water and shower water. The building is also temperature controlled throughout distributing heat where it’s needed, and displacing it when it’s not. Students will find the rec center is constantly at a comfortable temperature, wasting little to no energy in the process.
  • Lighting and electrical - Saunders installed a new roof, 101 skylights, LED lighting, two large destratification fans in the indoor pool and six fans total to the gymnasium spaces — capable of producing 365,000 CFM and 74,100 CFM, respectively.

The updated Recreation Center is projected to have an energy use intensity of 35 kBTU/sf/yr, representing more than a 70 percent decrease in energy use on a per-square-foot basis compared to before the renovation. The facility is also projected to realize an energy cost savings of 43 percent (approximately $300,000 annually) when compared to a baseline standard building. This highly sustainable recreation center has received LEED Platinum certification, the highest certification available through the LEED rating system.

Saunders is one of this region’s leaders in sustainable construction. To keep abreast of current trends, standards and certifications, Saunders is a member of the USGBC. In addition, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility Program, http://www.saundersci.com/corporate-social-responsibility they pledge to implement long-term strategies towards employing a zero waste stream process, significantly reducing water use and carbon output, continuing and expanding efforts in philanthropy, and expanding the breadth of ethical business practices.

About Saunders  

Saunders serves the commercial building industry as a full-service general contractor, design-builder and construction manager.  A leader in the Colorado construction industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders’ experience includes a wide range of project types. Saunders is one of the region’s largest general contractors and is the recipient of more than 100 industry awards for its construction excellence, employee achievements and community contributions.  In addition, Saunders is a member of the Citadel Group – an alliance of seven regional construction-related companies with operations in 19 cities. For additional information, please visit www.saundersci.com

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/CU_Boulder_Rec_Platinum.html
Saunders Construction Breaks Ground on the University of Colorado Denver Wellness Center at the Auraria Campus http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/CU-Denver_Wellness_Groundbreaking.html

New Facility Scheduled to Open in Early 2018 

CU-Denver Wellness Auraria

(Centennial, Colo.) – September 20, 2016 – Saunders Construction, Inc., a leading general contractor in Colorado, announced today the ground breaking of The Wellness Center at The University of Colorado Denver on Thursday, September 22nd at 11:30am at the Redwood Parking lot off Speer Blvd. and Auraria Parkway.  

The event will mark the start of construction on the new, 92,000-square-foot student-funded facility to be built on the Auraria Campus which is scheduled for completion in early 2018. The state-of-the-art building is intended to fill the daily leisure needs of each student on the campus with a high focus on inclusiveness and holistic wellness. The new facility will include student lounges, space for group study, gaming, rooms for reflection, seminar rooms, a small student health clinic and a student kitchen.  

All interested media, CU Denver students, staff and faculty are invited to the site on Thursday, September 22nd between 10am and 2pm to view renderings of the project, enjoy free healthy food options, music, fitness activities, a climbing wall, giveaways and more. Remarks and a formal groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 11:30am in the Redwood Parking Lot.  

The architect for the highly anticipated project is Anderson Mason Dale Architects in partnership with SmithGroup JJR who will be seeking LEED certification for their innovative design. The Wellness Center will work in tandem with the Student Commons Building to create a courtyard that activates the student experience along 12th Street. Activity spaces include fitness spaces for free weights, selectorized equipment, cardio and group exercise studios. A two court gymnasium will facilitate intramurals for a variety of sports and activities and will support special events with retractable bleacher seating. A six lane lap pool will provide a variety of aquatic programming and a third gymnasium will allow for greater flexibility and a home for CU Denver Club Sports. Outdoor programming includes a home for outdoor pursuits where students can rent outdoor equipment and take guided trips, a bike repair shop and a climbing wall.  

About Saunders  

Saunders serves the commercial building industry as a full-service general contractor, design-builder and construction manager.  A leader in the Colorado construction industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders’ experience includes a wide range of project types. Saunders is one of the region’s largest general contractors and is the recipient of more than 100 industry awards for its construction excellence, employee achievements and community contributions.  In addition, Saunders is a member of the Citadel Group – an alliance of seven regional construction-related companies with operations in 19 cities. For additional information, please visit www.saundersci.com

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Tue, 20 Sep 2016 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/CU-Denver_Wellness_Groundbreaking.html
Saunders Construction Breaks Ground on High School No. 3 in School District 27J http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/saunders-construction-breaks-ground-on-high-school-no--3-in-school-district-27j.html

New $89.5 Million Facility to Be Flagship Project of 2015 Bond Passage And Largest High School in State’s History

School District 27J High School No. 3 Rendering

(Thornton, Colo.) – July 21, 2016Saunders Construction, Inc., a leading general contractor in Colorado, in conjunction with DLR Group an integrated design firm, owner's representative firm, Inline Management, and School District 27J, announced today the official ground breaking of High School No. 3 in Thornton, Colorado, the flagship project of a $248 million bond proposal that passed in November 2015 that will allow the school district to build four new schools. The new $89.5 million build-out of the yet-to-be-named High School No. 3 will make it the largest high school in School District 27J and among the top K-12 facilities in Colorado.

To mark this milestone, a groundbreaking event will take place at the new school’s construction site located at 13380 Yosemite St., Thornton, Colo., 80602 on Thursday, July 21st at 9:30 am. Several community leaders will be joining the celebration, including Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams, School District 27J Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Fiedler and 27J Board of Education President Patrick Day. The new school is scheduled for completion in Fall 2018.

“The start of construction on High School No. 3 marks a long-awaited and historic day for School District 27J,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Fiedler. “This new school will not only provide a state-of-the-art learning facility for high school students in the rapidly-growing western area of our district but it will also ease over-crowding at our existing high schools and allow students to return to traditional daily schedules. We’re grateful for the support of the 27J community to make this day finally happen.”

DLR Group was commissioned by 27J officials to design the new high school and Saunders Construction will construct the facility. The community, students and staff challenged the team to create a 21st Century high school that features modern technology, flexibility to adapt to future educational models and inspire students in an engaging environment.

“We utilized a canyon concept, allowing the central spine of the building to act as a main street for student circulation and socialization,” said Greg Cromer, AIA of DLR Group. “As a focal point of the school, this main street connects the north public entrance with the south student entrance and invite visitors and community members into the facility. Windows and transparency make this space come to life as the central hub of activity within the school.”

Saunders began construction on the project in mid-June and the process will result in a state-of-the-art 253,000-square-foot facility on 60 acres that can accommodate 1,800 students. It will embrace a Small Learning Community (SLC) model organized around four small learning communities that will give students a personalized learning experience, while maintaining a small school feel. To accommodate steady student enrollment growth, School District 27J has planned High School No. 3 to be built in the northeast quadrant of the District to allow for future growth and the completion of a future middle school.

“High School No. 3 is a product of rigorous design work drawing on best practices from high performing schools around the country that embrace small learning environments and cutting-edge technology,” said Vice President Tom Alford of Saunders Construction,  “This facility will combine innovation with functionality ensuring an environment that will motivate learning and enable success. ”

The Administration and Media Center are located at the main entrance, with the second story Media Center capturing incredible views to the northwest and Colorado’s Front Range. The activity portion of the building supports the larger, more active, functions such as the Auditorium, Gymnasium, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. A large student commons, which promotes social interaction between students and staff, can also be used as pre-function space for after-hours events in the Auditorium and Gymnasium.

About School District 27J

School District 27J educates more than 16,500 students from Brighton, Commerce City, Thornton, and a portion of the city of Aurora and encompasses parts of Adams, Broomfield and Weld counties. Our mission is to equip our students with the tools and knowledge to succeed now and in the future – www.sd27j.org 

About DLR Group

Founded as an architecture and engineering firm, DLR Group celebrates 50 years in 2016. DLR Group serves clients through integrated delivery of planning, architecture, engineering, interiors, and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse. Core areas of design expertise include Civic, Courts, Detention, Energy Services, Higher Education, Healthcare, Hospitality, K-12 Education, Retail, Sports, and Workplace. Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and our planet. DLR Group fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge, and is an initial signatory to the China Accord and the AIA 2030 Commitment. Visit dlrgroup.com and follow us at Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Saunders

Saunders serves the commercial building industry as a full-service general contractor, design-builder and construction manager.  A leader in the Colorado construction industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders’ experience includes a wide range of project types. Saunders is one of the region’s largest general contractors and is the recipient of more than 100 industry awards for its construction excellence, employee achievements and community contributions.  In addition, Saunders is a member of the Citadel Group – an alliance of seven regional construction-related companies with operations in 19 cities. For additional information, please visit www.saundersci.com.

About Inline Management

Inline Management is Colorado’s premiere Owner’s Representative firm specializing in school construction and capital improvement projects. We are committed to deliver quality projects on time and within budget - http://inlinemanagement.com/

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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/saunders-construction-breaks-ground-on-high-school-no--3-in-school-district-27j.html
Saunders Construction Celebrates Topping Out of Denver's Dairy Block http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/DairyBlock_TopOut.html

(Centennial, Colo.) – May 11, 2016Saunders Construction, Inc., a leading general contractor in Colorado, is thrilled to announce the topping out of Denver’s Dairy Block project, a high profile mixed-use development in LoDo that will feature office, retail and a luxury boutique hotel. This construction milestone means vertical construction is complete.

For Saunders this is a really exciting project that is going to be a tremendous addition to lower downtown,” said Tom Alford, Vice President of Operations for Saunders Construction. “The project is coming together fantastically well…even with a wet spring and the various challenges of working in LoDo next to Coors Field, we are on schedule, the quality of work is great, and we are showcasing Saunders’ hallmark of speed to market.”

Due to open spring 2017, the Dairy Block will bring together a mixed-use office, retail and hospitality development along Wazee Street between 18th and 19th Streets, on the historic Denver Windsor Dairy Block in LoDo. The project broke ground on May 11, 2015 and will feature 260,000 square feet of office space, a hotel and a mix of restaurant, retail and lobby spaces on the ground floor. Located mid-block along Blake Street and just one block from Denver Union Station, this new development is conveniently located at the epicenter of the Denver transportation corridor. Its immediate access to mass transit, including the Downtown Denver Circulator external link, close proximity to major highways, walking distance to sports venues, restaurants and entertainment, provides an ideal location where residents, guests, and tenants can maximize productivity and experience a balanced lifestyle in Lower Downtown.

Designed and built with a commitment to sustainability, the project is anticipated to become LEED Gold certified by the USGBC. A live camera of the progress can be found here.

Saunders was named general contractor of the Dairy Block by developer McWhinney in spring of 2013.

About Saunders

Saunders serves the commercial building industry as a full-service general contractor, design-builder and construction manager.  A leader in the Colorado construction industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders’ experience includes a wide range of project types. Saunders is one of the region’s largest general contractors and is the recipient of more than 100 industry awards for its construction excellence, employee achievements and community contributions.  In addition, Saunders is a member of the Citadel Group – an alliance of seven regional construction-related companies with operations in 19 cities. For additional information, please visit www.saundersci.com.

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Wed, 11 May 2016 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/DairyBlock_TopOut.html
Broomfield Enterprise: New Broomfield Health and Human Services facility eases crowding http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/broomfield-enterprise--new-broomfield-health-and-human-services-facility-eases-crowding.html ]]> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/broomfield-enterprise--new-broomfield-health-and-human-services-facility-eases-crowding.html BusinessDen.com: Maserati dealership motors into Highlands Ranch http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/businessden-com--maserati-dealership-motors-into-highlands-ranch.html ]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/businessden-com--maserati-dealership-motors-into-highlands-ranch.html Colorado Real Estate Journal: A Prescription for Modernizing Existing Facilities http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/CREJ_Rx_Healthcare_Construction.html ]]> Wed, 02 Mar 2016 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/CREJ_Rx_Healthcare_Construction.html Saunders to Build New Headquarters—Developed by New Real Estate Development Services Extension http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/newheadquarters.html

Centennial, Colorado – February 2, 2016 – Saunders Construction, Inc., one of the top three general contractors in Colorado, is kicking off 2016 with a bang – or rather, building its own $9.5 million office headquarters along I-25 and Dry Creek in south metro Denver. The site will house Saunders’ new headquarters and is scheduled to break ground this spring with an expected completion date of early 2017. 

Saunders Development, a newly formed extension of Saunders, is the developer for the company’s new headquarters. Saunders Development purchased the 6-acre site in the Inverness Business Park for $1.66 million. With Saunders taking up about half the site for its new digs — a roughly 40,000 square feet building — it will have plenty of capacity to add a second build-to-suit office available for lease to one company or a handful of businesses.

“Saunders is taking the lead in bringing a new kind of partnership philosophy to the competitive development and construction industries with the creation of Saunders Development,” said Greg Schmidt, President and CEO of Saunders.  “The ability to underwrite and procure development opportunities means that Saunders can now provide a level of service to its long standing and new clients that goes beyond construction services — a model for future growth.”

Trae Rigby, who was brought on in summer 2015 to serve as the company’s Vice President of Development, has launched Saunders’ new line of services by overseeing the development of the company’s new headquarters and custom-build out of the remaining space.

Saunders will be incorporating this new business model of tailored-to-fit opportunities in the Rocky Mountain Region. By offering development services, in addition to construction management, Saunders is now able to come along side partners earlier in the process to bring greater efficiencies and expertise on more complex projects.

“We had a need to diversify our business portfolio to balance out our construction work with long-term development projects that provide greater stability,” said Rigby. “It is our hope to grow Saunders’ real estate holdings to create a more balanced business approach.”

About Saunders Construction

Saunders serves the commercial building industry as a full-service general contractor, design-builder and construction manager.  A leader in the Colorado construction industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders’ experience includes a wide range of project types. Saunders is one of the region’s largest general contractors and is the recipient of more than 100 industry awards for its construction excellence, employee achievements and community contributions.  In addition, Saunders is a member of the Citadel Group – an alliance of seven regional construction-related companies with operations in 19 cities. For additional information, please visit www.saundersci.com.

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Saunders Construction, Inc., Announces Operations and Project Development Promotions http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/saunderspromotions.html

Centennial, Colo., October 28, 2015 – Saunders Construction, Inc., recently announced the promotions of Tom Alford and Ryan Balakas to vice president(s) of operations, and Jason Kleinhelter to director of project development. Alford, Balakas and Kleinhelter have been with the company for seven, nine and 11 years, respectively. 

Alford and Balakas’ responsibilities include the oversight and management of the organization’s project operations, providing strategic direction and continuous improvement within the planning and execution of their work program. Within project operations, Balakas focuses on renovation, tenant improvement and in-hospital projects, while Alford leads all other commercial building services. Both succeed Taryn Edwards, who was tasked earlier this year with leading Saunders’ entrance into the private-public partnership (P3) sector as senior vice president. 

Kleinhelter serves as Saunders’ director of project development. He is responsible for leading the company’s procurement and marketing functions, where he works with the executive leadership team, project teams, trade partners and clients to create new business and market segment opportunities. Prior to Kleinhelter’s promotion, he held the position of business development manager. 

“Saunders’ work program has grown over the past year, presenting an opportunity for us to continually improve our core functions while also advancing several of our strategic initiatives,” said Greg Schmidt, president & CEO of Saunders Construction. 

The company’s corporate framework remains largely unchanged, however, the new internal reporting structure does enhance the connection between senior management and project teams, promoting integration and communication regarding such things as initiatives, new business strategies, and client and employee feedback.  

About Saunders Construction, Inc.

Saunders Construction, Inc. serves the commercial building industry providing comprehensive construction and development services with a focus on guiding clients through the process of turning an idea into reality.

A leader in the industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders’ experience includes a wide range of project types. Saunders is one of the region’s largest general contractors and is the recipient of more than 100 industry awards for its construction excellence, employee achievements and community contributions.  In addition, Saunders is a member of the Citadel Group – an alliance of seven regional construction-related companies with operations in 19 cities. For additional information, please visit www.saundersci.com.

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Wed, 28 Oct 2015 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/saunderspromotions.html
Saunders Construction, Inc., Named a Top 100 Green Contractor by Engineering News-Record http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/topgreen2015.html

Centennial, Colo., October 26, 2015 -- Saunders Construction, Inc., has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading contractors in sustainable building, making its second consecutive appearance on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top 100 Green Contractors. Saunders’ ranking showcases the company’s commitment to its local community through environmentally conscientious construction methods. Accompanied by general contractors with offices and projects located throughout the U.S., Saunders made the list based solely on its projects in the State of Colorado.

As one of only three Colorado-based general contractors to make the list, Saunders moved up eight spots from last year, coming in at No. 51. The Top 100 generated $48.71 billion in contracting revenue in 2014 from projects registered with and/or actively seeking certification from sustainable design and construction-based third-party ratings groups, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

“Sustainable business practices, as a whole, continue to be one of our company’s critical priorities,” said Greg Schmidt, president and CEO of Saunders. “To be honored as one of the nation’s Top 100 Green Contractors means we’re moving in the right direction in terms of internal investment and external operations — minimizing our impact on the environments in which we work in the process.”

Saunders’ firm-wide commitment to construction sustainability is evident from its nearly 65 LEED accredited employees and 45 LEED certified projects. Saunders’ projects, including One City Block Residences and the University of Colorado Denver Academic Building 1, contributed to the ranking.

For the past five years, Saunders has released a Corporate Social Responsibility Report — one of very few general contractors to do so. The annual report documents company initiatives such as waste diversion programs, carbon footprint metering, employee-driven philanthropic events, expanded internal training opportunities and much more.

About Saunders Construction, Inc.

Saunders Construction, Inc. serves the commercial building industry as a full-service general contractor and construction manager.  A leader in the Colorado construction industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders’ experience includes a wide range of project types. Saunders is one of the region’s largest general contractors and is the recipient of more than 100 industry awards for its construction excellence, employee achievements and community contributions.  In addition, Saunders is a member of the Citadel Group – an alliance of nine regional construction-related companies with operations in 19 cities. For additional information, please visit www.saundersci.com.

 

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Mon, 26 Oct 2015 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/topgreen2015.html
Historic Centennial Hall Reopens at Johnson & Wales University, Receives Historic Denver Award http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/historic-centennial-hall-reopens-at-johnson---wales-university--receives-historic-denver-award.html

DENVER— After more than 30 years of being shuttered and $17 million in renovations, Centennial Hall – which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places – will be the new hub and heart of Johnson & Wales University’s Denver Campus.

Centennial Hall, originally named Treat Hall, was built in 1886 for the Colorado Women’s College. In 2000, JWU purchased the campus in the Park Hill neighborhood, but the building remained shuttered. The structure was renamed Centennial Hall in 2014 as an homage to Colorado, the Centennial State, and Johnson & Wales University’s centennial year.

The newly renovated Centennial Hall features classrooms, a café, faculty and administrative offices, and a great hall that will be used for events and a learning laboratory for students. Many of the original finishes of Centennial Hall including the grand staircase and doors have been preserved and/or repurposed to allow the building’s grandeur to shine and flourish.

Along with the overhaul of the historic building, JWU has also invested more than $15 million to renovate Founders Hall – built in 1929 – into a modern residence hall. Saunders Construction oversaw the Founders Hall and Centennial Hall projects, while JWU worked with Hord Coplan Macht (formally SLATERPAULL Architects) for the buildings’ unique design features.

"Centennial Hall has come full circle from being an 'old main' building from 1886 to being a 'new main' student hub today and for future JWU students," said Craig Welsh, the project’s lead architect with Hord Coplan Macht.

“Saunders Construction is so proud to be of service to the Johnson & Wales’ campus projects over the years and we certainly congratulate the JWU team of leaders for their extraordinary growth and pursuit of excellence,” said Dick Saunders, founder and chairman emeritus at Saunders Construction.

To mark the momentous occasion, the university will host JWU-Palooza, a festival featuring games, food and a wildcat statue dedication with university chancellor John Bowen and Denver Campus president Robin Krakowsky September 9, 2015 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place from 1-1:30 p.m.

The general public is also invited to see the magnificent spaces of Centennial Hall at Johnson & Wales University’s Centennial Soirée October 6, 2015 at 6 p.m., featuring culinary stations, drinks and tours of the building. Tickets and sponsorships are available at http://bit.ly/jwusoiree

“This is truly an exciting time at Johnson & Wales University and these projects demonstrate our commitment to our students, Denver and Colorado,” said president Krakowsky.

In addition to the new spaces for JWU students, Historic Denver announced that Centennial Hall will receive the 2015 Community Preservation Award in October, which is presented to projects exemplifying high-quality restoration, the careful consideration of the city’s historic fabric and a commitment to the community.

Historic Denver executive director Annie Levinsky said she was excited to see the functionality of the new space so well-integrated with many of the historic aspects of the building.

“The amount of thought and care that went into this project is incredible, and honors the dynamic between old and new so that Centennial Hall will vibrantly thrive for another century,” said Levinsky. 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Holli Keyser, Director of Communications & Media Relations
Phone: 303-256-9462
Cell: 720-250-7772
holli.keyser@jwu.edu

JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 16,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, R.I.; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, N.C. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, education, nutrition, hospitality and technology. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 119 countries pursuing careers worldwide. www.jwu.edu/denver


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Wed, 09 Sep 2015 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/historic-centennial-hall-reopens-at-johnson---wales-university--receives-historic-denver-award.html
Construction Activity Notice: Colorado Boulevard Closed on Saturday, August 29th http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/9CO_Implosion.html

Major activity on August 29, 2015

3:00am – 12:00pm

On Saturday, August 29, 2015 the former Biomedical Research Building located at the southeast corner of Colorado Boulevard and 9th Avenue will be demolished by a controlled implosion.  Safety and minimizing impacts to the community are our number one concern.  Roadway and sidewalk closures have been established to keep the area clear and safe during the implosion process.  Roadway closures will be in effect from 3:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday for Colorado Boulevard between 13th Avenue and 7th Avenue.

Detailed information about the roadway closures and the demolition activity can be reviewed in this presentation given to the community on August 17, 2015.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/9CO_Implosion.html
Saunders Construction, Inc., and Heath Construction Celebrate One Year of Partnership Success http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/saunders-construction--inc---and-heath-construction-celebrate-one-year-of-partnership-success.html

July marks the one-year anniversary of the formation of Health, LLC, a partnership formed between Saunders Construction, Inc., headquartered in Centennial, Colo., and Heath Construction, based out of Fort Collins, Colo. The partnership has seen substantial growth for both firms — not only in market sector opportunities, but also in client and employee satisfaction. 

“Our approach with this partnership was to support the needs of the Northern Colorado market, as well as our current and future clients,” said Greg Schmidt, president and CEO of Saunders Construction. “In every way, this partnership has exceeded our expectations. The invaluable brand Heath has created in the Northern Colorado region, paired with Saunders’ horsepower, has allowed us to leverage shared resources to increase services and performance across the board.”

While the companies remain separate, Heath has integrated with Saunders’ software systems and adopted Saunders’ award-winning safety program — fostering quicker growth and streamlining core business functions. These calculated steps have played a role in doubling Heath’s work program in the past year and allowing the company to expand their workforce to effectively serve their owner’s needs. 

“We are able to bring a level of service to our owners that would not have been possible without the partnership with Saunders,” said Randy DeMario, president of Heath Construction. “The market in Northern Colorado is booming and Heath has been able to grow along with it, thanks in part to the increased efficiency, broader knowledge and established relationships of this partnership.”

Employees from Saunders and Heath have seen firsthand the benefits an alliance such as this can bring to the industry, as well as to their careers. From collaborating on project pursuits to developing shared initiatives, employees from both firms — supported by a common culture — are able to achieve individual growth.

“We’re excited to be able to continue to build this platform and expand and leverage our combined expertise to provide our community with the absolute best services,” said Schmidt. “This is only the beginning.”c

About Saunders Construction, Inc.

Saunders Construction, Inc. serves the commercial building industry as a full-service general contractor, design-builder and construction manager.  A leader in the Colorado construction industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders’ experience includes a wide range of project types. Saunders is one of the region’s largest general contractors and is the recipient of more than 100 industry awards for its construction excellence, employee achievements and community contributions. In addition, Saunders is a member of the Citadel Group – an alliance of seven regional construction-related companies with operations in 19 cities. For additional information, please visit www.saundersci.com.

About Heath Construction

Heath Construction, founded in 1977, is one of Northern Colorado's premier construction companies. Over the years, Heath has significantly contributed to the economic vitality of Fort Collins and the region, with its experienced staff completing virtually every project imaginable – from local restaurants and retail tenant improvements to manufacturing facilities, federal facilities, schools and university facilities, parks and streetscapes, assisted-living facilities and churches. Learn more about the company at www.heathconstruction.com or call 970-221-4195.

 

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 http://www.saundersci.com/news-articles/saunders-construction--inc---and-heath-construction-celebrate-one-year-of-partnership-success.html
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