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ENR Mountain States 2013 Best Projects Winners

Please join us in congratulating a few of our customers for being highlighted or winning “Best Projects in the Mountain States Award!”

  • NREL Controllable Grid Interface, Jefferson County, Colorado
  • Energy Systems Integration Facility, Golden, Colorado
  • Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Crestone Charter School, Crestone, Colorado
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center, Denver, Colorado

ENR Mountain States 2013 Best Projects Winners By: Mark Shaw

ENR Mountain States is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Best Projects competition in the region, which includes Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

A panel of eight judges from all areas of the industry—architects, GCs and engineers—selected winners in each of categories. The judges also selected a number of merit winners and awarded ties in some categories where they thought the projects were of similar quality.

This is the 13th year producing these awards, which are detailed below. In addition to the awards listed, ENR will present safety awards to several deserving projects, and one project in each area (Intermountain and Colorado/Plain States) will win top honors as the Best Overall, along with some judges’ special recognitions. The safety winners will be announced soon, but the special judges awards will not be named until the morning of the awards banquets.

The awards are split into two areas (Intermountain and Colorado), to correspond with their respective awards events, and arranged by category below. Scroll down to see both lists. Projects will be covered in more detail in the October issue of ENR Mountain States and honored at two breakfast awards events: Salt Lake City on Oct. 29 and Denver on Oct. 30.

If you have questions, please e-mail (Mark Shaw, Editor-in-Chief, ENR Mountain States) at mark.shaw@mhfi.com.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Intermountain Winners
(Utah, Idaho and Montana)


Winner: Utah Transit Authority Airport TRAX Extension, Salt Lake City


Winner: Boise LDS Temple Renovation, Boise
Merit: Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum, Vernal, Utah


Winner: FCF Rebuild, Salt Lake City
Merit: High Mesa Wind Farm, Twin Falls, Idaho

Government/Public Building

Winner: Salt Lake City Public Safety Building, Salt Lake City

Health Care

Winner: HCA MountainStar Lone Peak Hospital, Draper, Utah
Merit (tie): Utah State Veterans Nursing Homes, Payson and Ivins, Utah
Merit (tie): Salt Lake Clinic, Salt Lake City

Higher Education/Research

Winner: Tooele Applied Technology College, Toole, Utah
Merit (tie): University of Utah L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Research Institute, Salt Lake City
Merit (tie): University of Utah Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, Salt Lake City


Winner (tie): U.S. 95 Sand Creek Byway, Sandpoint, Idaho
Winner (tie): Mountain View Corridor, Salt Lake County
Winner (tie): I-15 Corridor Expansion (I-15 CORE), Utah County
Merit (tie): SR-14 Landslide Emergency Repair, CM/GC Services,
Cedar Canyon, Utah
Merit (tie): Carbon and Duchesne Counties Nine Mile Canyon Road Reconstruction, Utah

Interiors/Tenant Improvement

Winner: MRM // McCann, Salt Lake City
Merit: Clearlink Call Center, Winner Floor, Orem, Utah

K-12 Education

Winner: Granger High School, West Valley City, Utah


Winner: Swire Coca-Cola USA Distribution Center, Draper, Utah


Winner: Adobe Corporate Campus, Lehi, Utah
Merit (tie): Deseret Book, Rexburg, Idaho
Merit (tie): eBay Global Customer Service Center, Draper, Utah


Winner: Ogden High School Restoration, Ogden, Utah
Merit (tie): Wheeler Office Renovation, Salt Lake City
Merit (tie): Tribune Building Renovation, Salt Lake City


Winner: The Village at South Campus, Provo, Utah
Merit (tie): Weber State University Residential Life Complex, Ogden, Utah
Merit (tie): Westminster on the Draw Student Housing, Salt Lake City

Small Project (Under $10 million)

Winner: 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Boise
Merit: Uintah County Library, Vernal, Utah

Specialty Contracting

Winner: Rocket Express Car Wash, Midvale, Utah
Merit: Adobe Omniture Phase 1 LEED, Lehi, Utah


Winner: Provo Recreation Center, Provo, Utah
Merit: Megaplex Theatres at Valley Fair Mall, West Valley, Utah


Winner (tie): Orange Street Sewer Trunk Line Rehabilitation, Salt Lake City
Winner (tie): Jordan Basin Water Reclamation Facility, Riverton, Utah
Merit (tie): Streamside Tailings Operable Unit – Silver Bow Creek
Subarea 3 Remedial Action, Butte, Mont.
Merit (tie): Jack Waite Mine Superfund Site Remediation, Bunker Hill, Idaho
Colorado/Wyoming/Kansas Winners


Winner: Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center, Mesa Verde, Colo.


Winner: NREL Controllable Grid Interface, Jefferson County, Colo.

Government/Public Building

Winner: Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, Denver
Merit: Energy Systems Integration Facility, Golden, Colo.

Green Project

Winner: Windsor Readiness Center, Windsor, Colo.
Merit (tie): Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center, Cheyenne
Merit (tie): Galileo’s Pavilion, Overland Park, Kan.

Health Care

Winner (tie): Rangely District Hospital Replacement Hospital, Rangely Colo.
Winner (tie): University of Colorado Hospital —
New Inpatient Tower and Critical Care Wing Expansion, Aurora, Colo.
Merit (tie): Children’s Hospital East Tower Addition, Aurora, Colo.
Merit (tie): Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, Castle Rock, Colo.


Winner: I-70 & Central Park Boulevard Interchange, Denver

Interiors/Tenant Improvement

Winner: Turner Construction Offices, Denver

K-12 Education

Winner (tie): Manhattan High School West Campus & Bishop Stadium,
Manhattan, Kan.
Winner (tie): Garden City High School, Garden City, Kan.
Merit: Crestone Charter School, Crestone, Colo.


Winner: Trimble Rockies Campus, Westminster, Colo.
Merit: Suncor Energy USA Denver Regional Headquarters, Commerce City, Colo.


Winner: Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse,
Grand Junction, Colo.
Merit (tie): Colorado State University Parmelee Hall Revitalization, Fort Collins, Colo.
Merit (tie): Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colo.


Winner: Metropolitan State University of Denver Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center, Denver

Small Project (Under $10 million)

Winner: Drive at TAXI, Denver
Merit: Elk Camp Restaurant, Snowmass, Colo.


Winner (tie): Horsethief Canyon Native Fish Facility, Fruita, Colo.
Winner (tie): Southern Delivery System South Pipeline 2, Pueblo County, Colo.

Delta Controls – ORCAview Tip – Auto-Logoff

The Auto-logoff period is the amount of time that ORCAview will sit idle before automatically logging off of the network. You can disable this feature by setting the period to 0 on the “Login” tab of your System User Access (SUA) Object.

Orca 2

  • To get there, go to the “Tools” menu, select “Setup”, and then “Current User…”
  • Click on the “Login” tab, and you’ll see something like the picture on the right.
  • The Auto-logoff period can be changed at the bottom.

Delta Controls – ORCAview Tip – Filter Box

The filter box at the top of the Navigator window can be used to quickly narrow down the list of displayed points to exactly what you’re looking for.

For example, typing bi ai>50 in the filter box will display all Binary Inputs and any Analog Inputs which have a value greater than 50.  Whatever filter you type here will remain in place as you move between controllers.  To clear the filter, highlight it, then press “delete” and “enter” on your keyboard.

How Facility Managers Can Integrate Systems In Existing Buildings

How Facility Managers Can Integrate Systems In Existing Buildings: By Jim Sinopoli

When it comes to the idea of integrating systems in existing buildings, facility managers may find themselves torn. On the one hand, there are solid, bottom-line reasons to integrate systems in existing buildings. On the other, there is a range of problems that don’t exist in new construction, from legacy systems to missing information. But those problems don’t mean that facility managers should forget about integration in existing buildings. Good planning can go a long way to getting around those challenges.

It’s important to keep in mind that systems integration can deliver tangible benefits in existing buildings. For example, by functionally linking two systems, facility managers can obtain system capabilities that neither system could do by itself. The best example of this process is the integration that takes place with the fire alarm system. The fire alarm triggers the HVAC system to control smoke and ventilation, the access control system to provide egress for occupant evacuation, the elevator system to either bring the cabs to the bottom floor or, depending on the height of the building, provide elevators for evacuation in a high-rise. Without the automated systems’ integration, each of these components would have to be separately and manually adjusted. The integration provides functionality that no one system can, does so automatically, and the facility and its occupants benefit. The theory is, essentially, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Another reason to integrate systems is to combine the system data. The facility manager isn’t limited to simply looking at data from one building system; rather, a database with multiple systems is created so holistic data can be analyzed and correlated, and useful building metrics can be developed that will lead to enhanced operations. This type of unified database is generally used in a truly integrated building management system. Bringing all the facility data into a unified database architecture and putting into practice standard methodologies and processes to manage the data has multiple benefits. Building data are more widely available, sharable, and accessible. There’s also improvements in archiving, preservation, and retention of data, as well as improved integrity of the data. From a cost basis, a single database considerably reduces the cost and support for synchronizing separate databases. It provides a common platform for data mining, data exchange, and enterprise data access.

Today’s systems integration includes all of the control systems in a building, but also encompasses facility management systems and business systems, and eventually will extend to utility grids.

Integration in Existing Buildings

For new construction systems, integration is addressed in MasterFormat Division 25, created in 2004, with the resulting product being construction documents for integrated automation similar to specifications and drawings from other design disciplines.

While new construction may have higher visibility, the fact is that there are many more existing buildings than new construction projects, and there is no reason why existing properties can’t benefit from systems integration. The financial impact of improving the performance of an existing building and adding appropriate technology amenities can be compelling. The investment in an existing building is returned in reduced operating and energy costs, lower cost for tenant improvements, higher rents, higher asset valuation, and a positive impact on capital planning.

Existing buildings come with baggage, however. They already have building systems installed. It’s likely that older buildings may have automation systems using proprietary or legacy network protocols which will need to be migrated to open protocols. Typically this means the use of gateways or some middleware to translate protocols.

There are other challenges. Sometimes the documentation on the building systems — such as the original as-built drawings — may be unavailable. Cable pathways, if needed, may be difficult to find. And there may be organizational issues involved with coordinating facility management and IT.