Engineering News-Record (ENR) recently named U.S. Engineering the 2013 Specialty Contractor of the Year in Colorado. In an article explaining why U.S. Engineering received the high honor, ENR cited the company’s impressive resume of complicated health care projects in Colorado and U.S. Engineering’s ability to use multi-trade prefabrication to deliver those projects.
“We approach projects with an IPD [integrated project delivery] attitude, a ‘draw-it-once’ approach,” said Dan Strait, vice president of project development in the Rocky Mountain Division. “We try to avoid the redraw step and cut down on using multiple software platforms that don’t always communicate with each other. We communicate with the engineers and then put the design directly into our software. But that requires developing very close relationships and trust with your engineers.”
ENR specifically highlighted two projects completed by U.S. Engineering in 2013: University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) New Inpatient Tower and Critical Care Wing Expansion in Aurora, Colo., and Exempla St. Joseph Heritage Hospital in Denver. According to ENR, the UCH project has won several awards, among them AGC of Colorado’s ACE Project of the Year honors.
Expert from the ENR article posted on December 26:
U.S. Engineering Co. has emerged as a regional and national leader in the efficient offsite prefabrication of mechanical components and in the multi-trade collaboration needed to assemble them. The Colorado offices of the mechanical contractor have recently tackled some of the state’s largest and most complex health care projects.
Other recently completed work in Colorado includes the new bioengineering building at Colorado State University, the NCAR Supercomputing Center in Cheyenne, the JILA Addition at CU Boulder and the Crestview Elementary School flood restoration in Boulder.