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RTD’s N Line Now Open Connecting North Metro Denver to Downtown

The long-awaited RTD N line—the first electrified commuter rail line that RTD will operate—is now officially open for passenger service. The new commuter rail line significantly improves mobility from the city’s northern suburbs to downtown Denver. Global architecture, engineering, and design firm, Stantec, provided project management, track design, structural design, …

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City of Brighton Approves Water Treatment Plant Upgrades

Environmental engineering and construction firm Brown and Caldwell has been approved by the City of Brighton to design improvements and expansions to the city’s drinking water treatment plants (WTPs). Serving more than 41,000 citizens over a 27-square-mile area, the city owns and operates two WTPs; the Reverse Osmosis (RO) WTP …

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CVL Consultants of Colorado Acquired by Westwood Professional Services

Minneapolis-based Westwood, a leading multi-disciplined surveying and engineering firm, has acquired Englewood-based engineering and surveying firm CVL Consultants of Colorado (CVL). CVL was founded in 2000 and provides civil engineering and surveying solutions for public and private sector clients in the Front Range. Led by CEO Karl Knapp, P.E., CVL is …

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Denver-Based Construction Tech Firm Launches New Cloud-Based Estimating Tool

Denver-based construction estimating firm, Eos Group, announced today the launch of their newest cloud-based technology solution called Cortex 365. This project history and estimating tool brings what has been a very sophisticated system, exclusively accessible to large enterprise-scale construction groups, now to the small and mid-sized business marketplace for the first time. …

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New Study Finds Colorado Energy Policy Discourages All-Electric Buildings Despite Lower Upfront Costs

A report commissioned by Community Energy, Inc. and prepared by Group 14 Engineering, finds that the upfront cost to build new residential buildings with all-electric space and water heating is roughly 25 percent less expensive than comparable equipment powered by natural gas. Similar, but smaller percentage savings arise for new all-electric commercial buildings. …

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BREAKING: Phase II of Boulder Commons to Implement Unique Wastewater Energy System to Meet Net-Zero Energy Target

SHARC International Systems Inc. announced today that it will implement its innovative wastewater energy system at 3200 Bluff Street, the second phase of Morgan Creek Ventures (MCV) larger mixed-use Boulder Commons development. The SHARC Energy system, called PIRANHA™, will help the two-building, 98,000-square-foot development achieve its Net-Zero-Energy (“NZE”) and Net Zero Carbon goals by …

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ACEC Colorado Installs 2020-21 Elected Board of Directors

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado (ACEC Colorado) installed its newly elected 2020-21 Board of Directors at the organization’s Annual Meeting on April 24. Karlene Thomas, PE (Pinyon Environmental – Colorado Springs, Colo.) will serve as president and accepted the gavel virtually from Past President Brad Doyle, PE …

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Understanding Sustainable Design: Different Practices Return Different Results

By Clif Dayton, PE, R&R Engineers-Surveyors, Inc. Though sustainable design practices have been around for centuries, in the last twenty-five years, sustainable design practices have been more prevalent in building codes. The 21st century phrase, & “sustainable design” is best defined by what it does: It reduces the negative impacts on the environment, while …

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Willdan Selected for $21M in Colorado School Contracts

Willdan Group, Inc., a nationwide provider of professional technical and consulting services to utilities, government agencies, and private industry, will provide design-build services for — Trinidad District No. 1 and Granada School District Re-2 — two Colorado public school projects. The two schools will have respective budgets of $15.5 million …

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Life Cycle Assessment & Reducing Embodied Carbon in Construction

by Phin Stubbs, LEED AP: BD+C WELL AP – Sustainable Design Consultant, Group14 Engineering. In the last 20 years, the sustainable design industry has made great strides in building operations and energy efficiency. A combination of voluntary programs like the LEED green building rating system, combined with advanced code requirements specifically tailored …

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