The American Council of Engineering Cos. of Colorado has produced a 30-minute television program titled “Colorado Engineers 2010,” which features statewide projects completed within the past year that were designed by ACEC/CO-member firms. 

Produced in cooperation with the Colorado chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, the program highlights engineering innovations, sustainable design practices and the impact of these projects on the community.

It is the third documentary-style program produced by ACEC/CO to promote the value of engineering and raise public awareness of the role consulting engineers play in community infrastructure and well-being.

“We continue to search for ways to communicate to the public the role of engineers and what they are doing every day to either maintain or enhance quality of life,” said Rob Refvem, ACEC/CO president and program host. “Even in a tough economy and challenging fiscal environment, engineers must continue to provide critical services that are imperative to maintaining progressive business and commerce.

“This program demonstrates that Colorado continues to move forward with projects and provides a user-friendly description of the engineering behind some of Colorado’s most visible infrastructure projects such as the recently completed C-470 at Alameda Parkway interchange, adjacent to the historic Rooney Ranch boundaries, which exemplifies sustainable engineering practices.  We hope that the public finds the show fascinating and provides a better understanding of what we do on behalf of our citizens,” Refvem added.

On the program, Deb Kleinman, executive director of USGBC Colorado Chapter, provides insights into the sustainability design practices employed by the engineers. The USGBC continues its outreach to the design and construction industry, and the program supports its efforts to employ sustainable practices.

The television program was an outcome of ACEC/CO’s annual signature awards. Projects highlighted in “Colorado Engineers 2010” were recipients of ACEC/CO 2010 Engineering Excellence and Honor Awards. 

“ACEC/CO has wanted to expand the visibility of these innovative projects each year. By creating a television program that documents the engineering behind infrastructure projects such as roadways, historic renovations and new energy processes, we can help to better educate the public about efforts taking place to create these sustainable places and modes of transportation,” said Refvem.

The program is currently airing on Comcast Entertainment Television. For program schedules, go to The show will also be airing around the state in February on municipal access channels in celebration of Engineers Week.