Willow Creek Campus – Northern Water

Granby, Colo.

Award of Merit

Submitted by: Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Owner: Northern Water

Lead Design Firm: RB+B Architects

General Contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Civil Engineer: Farnsworth Group

Structural Engineer: JVA Inc.

MEP Engineer: Design Point Engineering LLC

Electrical Engineer: RJ Mcnutt & Associates

Subcontractors: 2H Mechanical LLC; AC Floors Inc.; Barton Materials LLC; Berich Masonry Mountain Division Inc.; BHA Design; Boulder Water Well Service and Supply Inc.; Central Electric LLC; Core Engineered Solutions Inc.; Design Point Engineering LLC; Diamond Excavating Inc.; Evans Consoles

Located at an elevation of 8,000 ft, Northern Water supplies water to more than 1 million people and 615,000 irrigated acres in Northeastern Colorado. To meet its growing needs, the utility redeveloped and expanded its campus in Berthoud and relocated its West Slope offices to a Willow Creek Campus.

This effort combines existing office and shop facilities previously housed at pump plant locations and centralized various departments into one 42,000-sq-ft building, with a publicly accessible conference center, employee office wing and vehicle maintenance shop. Work also included a new access road and a fire protection pond, all completed on time and within budget in September 2022. Precast insulated sandwich panels make up the bulk of the structure. Pandemic disruptions created long lead times on key materials. One example was oversized custom garage doors that took 30 weeks to procure. To maintain the schedule, the contractor built temporary plastic panels to place in the openings to protect the building and keep snow and cold out while interior concrete placements occurred inside. Maintaining the exact temperature for those placements was crucial.