In this issue of Mountain States Construction, we highlight 20 individuals under the age of 40 who represent the best of the best in their construction and design careers and what they have given back to the industry and their communities.

Peers, co-workers and managers nominated more than 60 people from the Colorado and Wyoming construction and design industries. A panel of seven judges then selected the Top 20 based on criteria that included: achievement of or progress toward industry certifications, including professional licensure or LEED AP; community service; industry involvement; and contribution to creating or building landmark regional projects. The 2010 winners are presented in the following pages in alphabetical order, not as a ranked list.

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If you have any questions on the nomination process or want to be included in next year’s competition, contact Editor Melissa Leslie at or 303-584-6724.


Buck Beltzer

Buck Beltzer

“The design community must continue its efforts to avoid commoditization of design services and insist that clients use quality-based selection. Price-based selection has become even more attractive to clients in today’s environment of limited funding, and engineers and architects must use technology and innovations to deliver services with added value.”

Holland & Hart LLP, Denver

Time in Current Position: 3 years
Time in Industry: 5 years as an engineer, 10 years in construction law
Education: B.A. in civil engineering, Auburn University, 1999; Juris Doctorate, University of Denver, College of Law, 2006
Hometown: Denver
LEED Accredited: No
Important Projects: While practicing as an engineer and before attending law school, Beltzer focused on large-scale, design-build highway projects such as the Interstate 25 and University Boulevard Interchange and light rail as part of T-REX.
Community Service: Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, Volunteers of America’s Meals on Wheels and Baby Haven
Professional Affiliations, Memberships: American Council of Engineering Cos.; Professional Engineer, Colorado; licensed to practice law in Colorado and Nevada


Brandon Berumen

Brandon Berumen

“Although getting through the next 18 months in construction will be difficult, our industry is facing some tremendous shortfalls of skilled labor for trades work and competent administrative personnel to help manage our projects. Some current forecasts indicate that our industry might be facing an 18% to 22% shortfall of labor unless we find a way to attract more people into it. This is a major problem and challenge for us all.”

LEI Cos. Inc., Denver

Time in Current Position: 7 years
Time in Industry: 13 years
Education: B.S. in construction management, B.A. in business administration, University of Denver, 2000
Hometown: Wheat Ridge
LEED Accredited: No, but completed LEED-training courses and plans to take the certification test
Important Projects: Colorado Convention Center expansion, The Denver Newspaper Agency, Denver Justice Center
Community Service: Colorado Construction Career Days, Boy Scouts of America, Hispanic Contractors of Colorado’s fundraiser for Pinnacol Foundation
Professional Affiliations, Memberships: Construction Industry Training Council; Independent Electrical Contractors, 2009 board president; Hispanic Contractors of Colorado


Sarah Broughton

Sarah Broughton

“We are currently working on three projects in downtown Aspen that are going through a public-approval process. I think one of the biggest changes that will occur in the future is a need for the industry to embrace a community-management role. The public has grown more critical of the construction process because of cost and life impacts, and helping them feel like they are important and being listened to will become a specialty position within our companies — because we need the public and the neighborhoods we work in to be as happy as they can be.”

Rowland + Broughton Architecture and Urban Design, Aspen

Time in Current Position: 6 years
Time in Industry: 14 years
Education: B.S. in environmental design in architecture, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1996
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
LEED Accredited: No, but has completed LEED-training courses and plans to take the accreditation test
Important Projects: Ajax Tavern, Aspen; Crandall Building, Aspen; Wheeler Opera House, Aspen; Burlingame Pre-Fab, Aspen; Bidwell Building, Aspen
Community Service: City of Aspen Historic Preservation Commission; City Commissioner, vice chairman; Aspen Young Professionals Association, board member; Aspen Art Museum Young Contemporaries member; Girls to Women, volunteer
Professional Affiliations, Memberships: AIA, Urban Land Institute, Architectural League of New York