The ENR regional editors have selected two companies for 2013 Contractor of the Year honors within the Mountain States region: Okland Construction Co., Salt Lake City, for the Intermountain area; and Mortenson Construction Co. in Denver for Colorado and Wyoming.
Okland manages projects in Utah, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Northern Nevada and surrounding areas. The contractor has a bonding capacity of $1.1 billion and is ranked #1 across the region in 2012 revenues. Okland specializes in large-scale public and private projects, including offices, convention centers, corporate campuses, higher-ed facilities and health care.
The firm’s notable current projects include the 250,000-sq-ft, LEED-Gold Adobe Campus in Lehi, Utah, the 36-acre, multi-building eBay Customer Service Center in Draper, Utah, and the net-zero-energy Salt Lake City Public Safety Building, which will house the city’s police, fire and emergency operation departments, replacing the 50-year-old public safety headquarters nearby.
Okland is also the contractor for the Nuskin Innovation Center in Provo, Utah, and that city’s Utah Valley Convention Center, in addition to several university, health care and municipal facilities around the region. No other regional contractor in the past year has worked on such a diverse portfolio of large, complex projects.
Mortenson is a well-known regional and national contractor that specializes in health care, military and institutional projects, higher-ed facilities and large public and private projects such as arenas and stadiums. The firm has won numerous accolades for its innovative use of BIM, IPD and sophisticated management software on its projects. It has also completed some large municipal and higher-ed projects recently, including Denver’s Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, a 695,767 gross-sq-ft courthouse and office tower that is home to Colorado’s state judicial and legal agencies; the Metro State University Denver Hotel Learning Center, a public-private partnership that provided the university with a home for its hospitality services program; and the Alamosa Solar Generating Project, which is expected to produce enough clean, renewable energy per year to power more than 6,500 homes.
Mortenson’s ongoing projects include Exempla Saint Joseph Replacement Hospital in Denver, a $389-million, fast-track project that is using extensive prefabrication and a fully integrated project delivery approach. The Byron G. Rogers Federal Office Building will provide a home to nine federal agencies and is targeting a significant reduction of the building’s energy use, with an annual energy savings of 55%-65% over previous use.
One of the contractor’s largest current projects is the Denver International Airport South Terminal Redevelopment Program. Mortenson is leading a tri-venture team comprised of Mortenson, Hunt and Saunders to deliver a 370,000-sq-ft Westin Hotel, which will be integrated into the existing airport terminal and connect with the airport’s future light rail station. The $365-million project includes more than 500 guest rooms, banquet, meeting and ballrooms, administration and retail/restaurant space, a fitness center, spa and pool as well as other public area. And, Mortenson is continuing to build the infrastructure for the $600-million Stapleton Redevelopment project, which is transforming Denver’s 5,400-acre former airport into a vibrant mixed-use community.
New projects include the Charles Schwab Corporate Campus, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Parking Structure and Athletic Field, Woodward Inc.’s Corporate Campus and new CAB Barracks at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs.
Complete profiles of both Okland and Mortenson will appear in the August issue of ENR Mountain States, and they will be honored at the region’s two Best Projects events in late October. Congratulations to both firms for being selected as 2013 Contractors of the Year.