Pinkard Construction Wins Excellence in Construction Award

Pinkard Construction’s Vida at Sloan’s Lake affordable senior apartments has won the first place Excellence in Construction award from Associated Builders and Contractors, Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Designed by Parikh Stevens Architects, the 200,000-square-foot project is a new, ground-up mixed-use senior/disabled housing development on West Colfax Avenue and cost $42.9 million. The project includes 176 units for low-income seniors and disabled residents. Pinkard also completed tenant interiors for a neighborhood health clinic, a dialysis center, and an adult activity center at street level for additional clients.

Competing in the Institutional $25 – $100 million category, Vida at Sloan’s Lake was a first-of-its-kind development for owner Denver Housing Authority. While the project came with numerous challenges, both known and unforeseen, Pinkard and the entire owner/architect team collaborated to bring-in the project ahead of schedule and under budget.

According to Tony Burke, president, Pinkard utilized industry-leading technology and close attention to resource allocation to mitigate these issues and complete the project on time. The project faced several unforeseen conditions that included soil/dewatering issues and permitting and utilities coordination. “We really looked at sequencing, tower crane availability, and material deliveries to ensure the schedule and budget were met,” said Burke. “Our team mandated the use of a scheduling/sequencing app for every foreman with every subcontractor on the jobsite. Special training was held to educate these team members on the app’s purpose and use of the software.”

“As our creative partners from pre-development through construction, Pinkard displayed remarkable ingenuity and innovation to overcome challenges not typically seen with a new ground-up mixed-use project,” said Chris Spelke, development program manager for Denver Housing Authority. “They had the foresight and directive to solve conflicts before they became larger issues, really managing the entire team to make effective decisions to make this project an overwhelming success!”

The project is part of a large initiative representing a progressive philosophy and approach by DHA to merge resources from the for-profit sectors and leverage health-service partnerships to deliver a highly dense affordable project with wrap-around community-serving commercial amenities at the ground floor.

This project is a part of the overall revitalization of West Colfax and the redevelopment plan for the St. Anthony’s Medical Campus. It was funded through four-percent and nine-percent federal low-income housing tax credits awarded from Colorado Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) and funded by Wells Fargo, along with New Markets Tax Credits from Corporation for Supportive Housing, and Tax Increment from the Denver Urban Renewal Authority.

With this award, Vida at Sloan’s Lake is now eligible to compete for the prestigious National Excellence in Construction Eagle Award and is also in the running for ABCRMC’s Project of the Year. The Project of the Year announcement will be made at a virtual awards ceremony hosted by ABCRMC in November.

Photos courtesy of Pinkard

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