Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Design-Build Merit Award Given to Little Ajax Affordable Housing in Aspen

Aspen, CO – The Design-Build Institute of America awarded the Little Ajax Affordable Housing project in Aspen, Colorado with a Merit Award for General Design-Build Under $10 million dollars.

The affordable housing project was built with a $3.9 million dollar subsidy from the City of Aspen. The project team included, Peter Gluck and Partners (Architect), GK Construction (Design-Builder), KL&A (Structural Engineers), Beaudin Ganze Consulting Engineers (MEP Engineers) Walsh Environmental (Environmental Engineers), CTL Thompson (Geotechnical) and Joe Wells (Land-Use).

Beaudin Ganze Consulting Engineers (BGCE), provided mechanical and electrical engineering and construction administration services for this 14-unit affordable housing development.

"We designed a highly efficient, low-cost building systems solution for this project,” said Dan Koelliker, Principal in BGCE’s Avon office. “This project is the model of a successful affordable housing development and we were excited to be part of it.”

BGCE is proud to be an industry leader in energy, LEED, commissioning, mechanical, electrical, lighting and technology engineering from offices in Sacramento and Truckee, California; Vail, Denver and Fort Collins, Colorado; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sustainable design for reduced operating and maintenance costs is fundamental to the firm’s practice. Since inception in 1991, BGCE has grown to over 50 staff members, of which 86% are LEED Accredited Professionals. For more information, please visit www.bgce.com.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Book Celebrates Area Craft Brewers, and their Dogs

Dogs, Beer and Colorado: New Gift Book Showcases All Three

BrewDogs is a photographic tribute to Colorado craft brewers and the dogs they love.
Colorado is well known for its geographic beauty---mountains, rock formations, alpine streams and wildflowers. Of almost equal stature is the staggering number of craft beer breweries dotted throughout the state. Over 100 microbreweries turn out enough beer to make Colorado one of the largest beer-producing states in the nation. As a result, the Great American Beer Festival makes its yearly home here. Regardless of the numbers, there’s one statistic that’s true almost across the board: where there is a craft brewer, there is usually a brew dog at his side. As a playful tribute to those brewers and their canine companions, The BrewDogs of Colorado was born, just in time for the gift-giving season.

The book, a high quality, 152-page hardbound edition with images of over 70 brew dogs and over 200 color photos of breweries throughout Colorado, was produced by a Colorado Springs family. “While the idea was not exactly born over a beer, the connection between beer and dogs is not too far ‘fetched’”, said co-authors Brian and Becky Bennett. “We realized that not only are most Colorado breweries dog-friendly, but a lot of beers are named after dogs.” As canine lovers themselves, the idea of a book to celebrate this relationship came to fruition, and turned into a summer long project involving the whole family, including daughters Lauren and Kristen. “With over 100 breweries in Colorado, it wasn’t hard to find an award winning craft beer, and a dog to go with it.”

John Hickenlooper, Mayor of Denver and a Colorado brewpub pioneer, contributed the foreword and a photo of his own brew dog. Slated to hit the bookstands on December 15, The BrewDogs of Colorado retails for $29.95 and is an ideal gift with appeal for both dog and beer lovers alike. It can also be ordered online at www.brewdogsbook.com. Place online orders by December 20 for delivery by Christmas. Several booksignings have been scheduled at breweries and bookstores; check the Brew Dogs website for dates and venues.

About WoofMedia, LLC:
WoofMedia, LLC, is a family-owned business. Brian and Becky Bennett are long-time residents and active members of the Colorado Springs community. Co-authors and daughters Kristen and Lauren Olson are also involved as managers and photographers. Brian is an active community volunteer in Colorado, serving on various non-profit boards and committees, including current service as Chairman of the Better Business Bureau Foundation. Stay tuned for future publications. www.woofmediallc.com.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Manhard Consulting Forms Partnership with Carroll & Lange

Press Release courtesy of Shannon Marketing Communications

Merger creates new firm with expanded presence in the mountain region

Denver and Winter Park, Colorado – Manhard Consulting (www.manhard.com), a civil engineering firm with offices nationwide, has entered into a regional partnership with Denver-based Carroll & Lange, Inc., a respected civil engineering firm with a long history in the Colorado market. The new firm will operate in Colorado as Carroll & Lange-Manhard (CLM) (www.clmanhard.com) beginning immediately.

“We continue to look for strategic relationships with exceptional firms around the country,” said Donald Manhard, Jr., P.E., president of Manhard Consulting. “Our partnership with Carroll & Lange expands our presence and expertise in one of the more dynamic land development markets in the country. Their experience and ‘make it happen’ approach to engineering and customer service are a perfect fit for the culture at Manhard Consulting.”

Founded in 1984, Carroll & Lange has built its reputation on responsible and environmentally conscious land development in communities across Colorado and throughout the intermountain region. With the merger, CLM and its clients gain access to in-house water resources management engineers, water and wastewater engineers, environmental scientists, construction managers, LEED-certified professionals, and the rest of the nationwide Manhard Consulting network.

“Adding Manhard’s national water resources management expertise to our existing portfolio is especially valuable to our clients in Front Range and mountain communities,” said Richard Weed, P.E., Area Manager of Colorado Operations for CLM. “And with Manhard’s environmental engineering and green-building resources, we feel we’re especially well-positioned to bring tremendous assets to projects of any size across the region.”

To learn more, please contact Mr. Richard Weed in Colorado at (303) 880-6591 or rweed@clmanhard.com, or call Manhard Consulting toll-free at 866-MANHARD (866-626-4273).

About Manhard Consulting
Manhard Consulting, Ltd. has been named one of the Top 500 Design Firms in the nation by Engineering News Record, a McGraw-Hill Construction publication and one of the largest trade publications in the engineering and construction industry. The Top 500 Design Firms listing is a comprehensive survey that ranks the 500 largest engineering, architectural and environmental consultants in the United States based on annual revenue. The firm provides civil-sanitary engineering, surveying, water resources management, water and wastewater engineering, environmental sciences, construction management, land planning, landscape architecture, supply chain logistics, and other services to over 6,000 clients from its offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, and Virginia. The firm’s corporate headquarters are in Vernon Hills, Illinois.