The 2014 ENR Mountain States Specialty Contractor of the Year for 2014 is Colorado’s Douglass Colony Group.
Douglass Colony, founded in 1947, is a full-service commercial and industrial roofing contractor with more than 400 employees at its four offices: Commerce City, Colorado Springs, Glenwood Springs and Greeley. The firm reported $55.6 million in revenue for 2013, ranking it well within the top 20 specialty firms in the region.
The specialty firm’s core services include commercial roofing installations and repairs, metal roofing, waterproofing and sustainability. That includes removal and disposal of existing roofing and complete installation of new roof systems and flashings.
Douglass Colony’s other services range from analysis, planning and budgeting to complete contracting and installation. It also does roof inspections, preventative maintenance, leak investigations and tenant finish work. For each roof inspection, Douglass Colony provides reports that identify deficiencies and defects, photos, budget estimates for repairs and budget estimates for capital expenditures.  
The firm’s Commerce City location also features a 70,000-sq-ft, in-house fabrication facility for metal products that include sheet metal, composite metal wall panels, sunscreens and light-gauge steel trusses.
Douglass Colony has added a commercial solar division that self-performs installations on all types of photovoltaics, including roof- and ground-mounted systems, solar carports and solar awnings. The firm’s commercial solar installations include remote web monitoring.

Chief among the firm’s notable recent projects was the completion this fall of historic restorations to the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. Douglass Colony worked with general contractor GH Phipps Cos. over the past three years to restore the top of the 120-year-old building while keeping its historic elements intact. The main project goal was to repair and restore damage to the exterior of the circular tower above the roof and regild the gold dome.
The dome consists of real gold plate, first added in 1908, commemorating the Colorado Gold Rush. The project repaired deteriorated portions of the cast-iron dome enclosure, replaced the copper above the cast iron, gilded the new copper dome with gold, and restored the windows and interior balcony area. Ornamental pieces were removed, labeled and tagged. The elements were then restored, refabricated to historical standards and installed in their original locations. Detail work was either redone and brought up to new standards or replaced.
Douglass Colony is also working on the new VA Medical Center at the Fitzsimons site in Aurora and recently completed work on other key projects, including the Northern Colorado Springs Readiness Center and Craig Hospital.
Other notable projects Douglass Colony has completed in the past few years include the Children’s Hospital East Tower Addition in Aurora, the Denver Police Crime Laboratory, Castle Rock Adventist Hospital and Davita World Headquarters in the Central Platte Valley.
A full profile of the company will appear in the December issue of ENR Mountain States magazine.