ENR Mountain States 2013 Top 20 Under 40
Growing skills as landscape architect and small business owner
Three Sixty Design
Courtney McRickard is helping to lead the way for women-owned design firms and continues to grow both as a landscape architect and business owner, posting record growth year after year. She also participates in a Denver government committee that sets city contracting goals for women-owned and minority firms.
"The reality of constricting budgets forces us to maximize our ideas, processes and people to keep projects efficient yet interesting and progressive," she says. Her company is currently working on landscaping for the two largest transit stops along the West Rail Line being built for Denver's Regional Transportation District.
McRickard is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Society of Landscape Architects, serving as the Colorado chapter vice president of public relations for the past nine years. She is also offering her expertise as a board member of Garden Design magazine and on the Central Platte Valley Arts Commission.
Engineer's metal-panel patents now contribute to firm's bottom line
38, ACM Panel Division Manager
Douglass Colony Group
By 2007, Jeb Morgenegg already had patented seven different panel systems at two different companies before starting Douglass Colony Group's first-ever composite metal panel division. He laid out a new fabrication facility, refined design and fabrication processes and now oversees numerous departments. In just five years, he has created a division that accounts for 15% to 18% of revenue in a multimillion-dollar business.
Morgenegg also has spearheaded construction on some of the largest projects in the region, including Denver's new crime laboratory and courthouse and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Cheyenne, Wyo. Many of his projects have earned industry honors from groups such as the Associated General Contractors of Colorado and the Associated Builders and Contractors Rocky Mountain Chapter.
Megaproject experience serves him well on Denver rail station job
38, Project Executive
Kiewit Building Group
Before coming to Denver, Darron Rolle honed his skill as an estimator on several megaprojects across the U.S., including the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in San Francisco, the Federal Triangle Building in Washington, D.C., and the Marine Parkway Bridge and Triborough Bridge in New York City. He now has a key role on the city's Union Station redevelopment, one of the largest transportation projects in the U.S.
Rolle's involvement earned employer Kiewit Corp. kudos by demonstrating leadership in outreach to small and disadvantaged companies through mentorships, business development assistance and contracting.
Rolle's insights and expertise on construction delivery methods and contract types have been recognized by the University of Colorado Real Estate Council and the Associated General Contractors of Colorado. In addition to boosting his education in the past two decades, Rolle participated in the Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program in 2010. He also volunteers monthly to serve breakfast to homeless people at a city rescue mission.
"Young professionals like myself are still gathering valuable experience in this new-normal world of more complex and more political projects," Rolle says. "We need to make time to get together with our contacts and clients socially to keep the relationships so critical to construction alive."