The team at Mark Young Construction, Inc. took home two awards Thursday, October 29th from the ENR Best Projects Mountain States awards breakfast. The newly constructed Denver Fire Station #18 took Best Project in the Small Project Category (Under $10 Million) and the recent renovations of the Spot Booth and Beer Garden at Red Rocks Amphitheater earned the award of Merit in the Cultural/Worship category. Each project posed unique challenges to the project teams that were overcome through a great amount of teamwork and creativity.
OZ Architecture met the needs of the City and County of Denver by designing a building that could perform multiple functions, serving as both a station and training facility, with the latest fire technology, an efficient design, community space, and LEED Gold certification. The 14,000 SF project consisted of 3-bays, 8-bedrooms, a workout room, a commercial kitchen, and a common area for the staff and a community room for the public. A 120’ communication tower was added to improve communication between this station and other first responders during a crisis.
Mark Young Construction, Inc. was able to adjust construction of the geothermal installation, planned on the site near an old landfill, in order to continue other construction activities while planning and permitting for the geothermal work was sorted out by the team. Despite the unforeseen conditions MYC accomplished the project nearly a month ahead of time and within budget.
Red Rocks Amphitheater has gone through many additions and renovations since opening in 1941. Pahl Architecture and MYC completed the most recent renovations to the park. The two old spot light booths were demolish and new ones were constructed on the same foot prints, two new beer gardens were added, along with a platform at the visitors plaza to provide separate ADA seating and an additional stairway to the trading post. A lower level storage area was remodeled to accommodate ADA restrooms.
This project was successful due to Pahl Architectures’ dynamic floor plans that were visually appealing and MYC’s ability to preserve the integrity of theater through matching the original 1936 stonework style by working on the stone by hand. After the project was completed many visitors could not tell the difference between the new structures and the old, arguing that they had always been there. This is the highest compliment anyone could pay the design and construction team on such a historic site.
MYC would like to congratulate both project teams! Job well done!