Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc. (Sturgeon Electric) received two first place ACE Awards at the 2015 Annual Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Colorado Industry Gala held in Denver, CO on November 13, 2015. The first place award for Meeting the Challenge of a Difficult Job – Specialty Contractor category was based on the successful completion of Saint Anthony Hospital North Health Campus and Sturgeon Electric’s ability to meet the demands of a firm construction schedule while persevering through the unanticipated devastation caused by severe flooding during a crucial phase of the project. Sturgeon Electric was also awarded the first place ACE Award for the Best Building Project – Specialty Contractor (Over $10 Million) category for the Hotel and Transit Center at Denver International Airport (DIA) – which comprised three portions: the Westin-DIA hotel, Public Transit Center, and Public Plaza. Sturgeon Electric achieved the enormous scale of the Hotel and Transit Center at DIA while implementing an innovative management approach and efficient project execution.
Planning and coordination were critical to Sturgeon Electric’s completion of the 350,000SF design-build hospital for the Saint Anthony North Health Campus. Utilizing a just-in-time delivery concept for massive conduit assemblies proved to generate unprecedented time savings compared to traditional methods of lay-in trench assembly. In September 2013, a historic flood swept through Colorado and devastated the region, resulting in nearly $2 billion of damage. As the storm, referred to as the “thousand-year-flood,” faded, the full extent of the damage to the Saint Anthony North Health Campus was revealed. Water runoff compromised 17,000 square feet of the concrete slab, causing underground installations to be excavated and reinstalled. Sturgeon Electric and project partners came together with the determination to reconcile and optimize the project schedule in order to provide the community a new hospital, on time. A motivated team and strong corporate safety culture ensured that a compressed schedule would not compromise safety. There were zero lost-time injuries throughout the project’s entire duration which comprised over 160,000 manhours. While nearly every modern project is challenging, a whole new dynamic is added when a natural disaster enters the picture. Sturgeon Electric was fortunate to deliver such a challenging yet rewarding project.
With the completion of the $544 million Hotel and Transit Center at Denver International Airport has evolved from a travel hub to a travel destination. The three large integrated infrastructure projects that comprise the Hotel and Transit Center at DIA – the new, 519-room Westin-DIA hotel, Public Transit Center, and 82,000SF Public Plaza represent the next step in enhancing the airport’s competitive position as a world-leading airport, and further position DIA for continued growth. Sturgeon Electric contributed to the success of this enormous project by providing solutions that addressed challenges associated with severely congested construction access and limited resources for qualified labor. Sturgeon Electric delegated $17 million of its $44 million electrical contract to over a dozen M/WBE businesses, and elevated the safety culture with many of its M/WBE partners by implementing an 8-hour program called Supervisor Training and Accident Reduction Techniques (START). The Value Engineering (VE) and innovative management approach which Sturgeon Electric brought to the Hotel and Transit Center at DIA provided great savings and reduced waste for the Owner. Heavy use of Building Information Management (BIM) on the project translated to more efficient installations that allowed the system to be installed in a fraction of the standard time. The addition of the Hotel and Transit Center at DIA will be awe-inspiring for the many visitors who will travel through DIA in years to come, and Sturgeon Electric’s impressive installations will light their way.
The annual Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Colorado award ceremony and Gala is Colorado’s largest commercial building construction event of the year, bringing over 650 key leaders, contractors, architects and owners together for a night of networking, recognition and celebration. Sturgeon faced impressive competition by three other candidates in the Meeting the Challenge of a Difficult Job – General Contractor category and was one of seven specialty contractors competing for the award in the Best Building Project – Specialty Contractor (Over $10 Million) category.
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