ENR Mountain States is nearly complete with the research on the largest new projects started in our five-state region last year. We have been seeking projects that broke ground (meaning that real construction got under way on them, not just turning dirt with the ceremonial shovels) between January 1 and December 31, 2014.
The projects are located in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho or Montana, and represent any type of construction, from pipelines, heavy-highway and infrastructure work to new building projects and renovations. The final list will appear in ranked order by dollar volume in the April issue of the magazine and here on our website.
So far, the 2014 list of top starts is an impressive mix of energy and infrastructure jobs, health care, commercial, educational facilities, hotels and mixed-use residential.
If you have a big project that broke ground last year and think it should be part of our list, please e-mail me the details (project name, location, dollar amount, date started, owner and scheduled completion) at mark.shaw@construction.com or call me at 303-526-0620. I may still be able to add it to the list up until the end of March.
Here, in random order (not ranked), are many of the biggest new projects that got under way in 2014, with their locations. There may be more to come, as we hear from you, our readers, so stay tuned.
• 245 Columbine Hotel, Denver (Mortenson Construction)
• LongsView Apartments, Westminster, Colo. (Milender White)
• Salt Lake Intl. Airport Expansion, Salt Lake City (HD Construction JV)
• I-80 Reconstruction, Silver Creek to Wanship, Summit County, Idaho
• CU Athletics Complex, Boulder (Mortenson)
• Weber State University Tracy Hall Science Center, Ogden, Utah (Okland Construction)
• CSU Aggie Village, Fort Collins, Colo. (PCL)
• New Community Hospital, Grand Junction, Colo. (Shaw Construction)
• General Support Aviation Battalion Maintenance Hangar, Fort Carson, Colo. (Swinerton Builders)
• Hyatt Hotel & Conference Center, Aurora, Colo. (Turner Construction)
• U.S. 6 Bridges Design-Build, Denver (Edward Kraemer)
• STRATA-Vail, Vail, Colo. (PCL)
• Interstate 84, Meridian Road Interchange, Meridian, Idaho
• Eastbound I-70 Peak Period Shoulder Lane, Clear Creek County, Colo. (Mountain Corridor Constructors)
• Village Center Station III, CoBank Center, Greenwood Village, Colo. (Adolfson & Peterson)
• 100 Saint Paul, Denver (GE Johnson Construction)
• Laramie High School, Laramie, Wyo. (Haselden Construction)
• University of Colorado Boulder Sustainable Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), Boulder (JE Dunn)    
• Natrona County High School Historic Renovations, Casper, Wyo. (Adolfson & Peterson)
• I-15 Improvements, South Davis County, Utah
• Westbound Twin Tunnels (Veterans Memorial Tunnels) Widening, Idaho Springs, Colo. (Kraemer/Obayashi JV)
• New Lehi High School, Lehi, Utah (Hogan & Associates)
• The Primary Children’s & Families’ Cancer Research Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute (Huntsman Cancer Institute Phase 4), Salt Lake City (Jacobsen Construction)
• Bangerter Highway/Redwood Road Interchange, Salt Lake County, Utah
• Avago Technologies B4 West Annex Clean Room Phase 1Tenant Finish, Fort Collins, Colo. (JE Dunn)    
• I-80 Reconstruction, Silver Creek to Wanship, Summit County, Utah
• I-25 Widening – Lincoln Avenue to County Line Road, Lone Tree/Douglas County, Colo. (Interstate Highway Construction)
• PearlWest, Boulder (JE Dunn)
• RTD North Metro Rail Line, Denver

Stay tuned as we hear from readers and do further research to expand this list.