ENR Mountain States has chosen its annual Owners of the Year, two entities whose leadership and projects have transformed their respective regional landscapes and improved the lives of residents. In the Colorado, our choice for Owner of the Year is the Colorado Dept. of Transportation, and on the Intermountain side, we have selected the Salt Lake City Dept. of Airports. The winners were chosen by a comprehensive vote of all ENR regional editors.

From 2013 through the present, CDOT has undertaken some of the most ambitious construction programs in the agency’s history, with more than $500 million in new and ongoing projects across the state. Those include the agency’s first plunge into public-private partnerships with the U.S. 36 corridor expansion and a bigger push for design-build work, such as the $98-million U.S. 6 Bridges project. The agency is exploring a P3 for I-70 East through Denver, anticipated to be a $1-billion-plus highway widening and improvement project, and its first use of continuous-flow interchanges and diverging-diamond configurations.
Other new CDOT projects in 2014 include:
• Eastbound I-70 Peak Period Shoulder Lane, $72 million
• Westbound Twin Tunnels Widening, $55 million
• I-25 Widening, Douglas County, $35 million

Salt Lake City Dept. of Airports
Salt Lake City International Airport is underway with the largest project in its history and the first major airport upgrade in more than a decade (since the 2002 SLC Winter Olympics). The $1.8B SLC Airport expansion includes a terminal redevelopment program, 75 new airport gates, a improved light rail station,  a five-level parking garage, upgraded rental car facilities and a new central utilities plant. It got underway in 2014 and is currently the largest project (by far) in the Mountain States region. The new terminal and parking structure will be located just west and south of the current facilities and will eventually utilize three of the existing concourses.
It involves an elaborate design-build team made up of both regional and national players that include HD Construction, a joint venture of Salt Lake-based Big-D Construction and Atlanta’s Holder Construction.
Lead design firm HOK is engaging consultants from several local architectural firms—MHTN, GSBS, FFKR and Architectural Nexus. Civil engineering for new roads, utilities and structures is being led by a partnership of URS and J.U.B. overseeing a team comprised of CH2M Hill, Horrocks Engineers, RB&G, and CDM Smith. Consulting for structural engineering will be done locally by Reaveley Engineers + Associates and Dunn Associates Inc., with mechanical and electrical engineering by Colvin Engineering and Van Boerum & Frank Associates Inc.
Congratulations to both CDOT and the Salt Lake City Dept. of Airports.
Also, coming soon: our annual list of the biggest project starts from last year across the region.