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Thought Leaders: 2018 Colorado Transportation Symposium
Thought Leaders: 2018 Colorado Transportation Symposium
Join Us at the 15th Annual Spring Transportation Symposium Grand Hyatt, Denver, Colorado
Innovative/ Alternative Project Delivery
Mount Oxford- 3rd Floor | Friday, April 6, 2018 | 3:00-4:00
The City of Colorado Springs knew they faced a major challenge when the bids on its $7 million road reconstruction project came in one million dollars over their engineer’s estimate. They had proposed that the contractor assume the risk for utility issues when it was abundantly clear that the corridor was full of utilities and nobody knew exactly where they were. Underground electrical vaults were found to be full of water. The utilities under this road serve the city’s important electronics firms of the Garden of the Gods corridor. And the groundwater was so high that standard heavy equipment could not be used to reconstruct the sinking roadway.
So how did the City, the builder, and the designer manage to complete the 440-day project ten days early? The three worked in partnership from day one, with highly effective communications. Portions of the job were redesigned and a number of construction variances were approved. A specialty subcontractor with smaller, lighter-weight equipment was used. Innovative design and innovated construction techniques enabled the project team to survive the quagmire.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Infrastructure
  2. Utilities
  3. Partnerships
Dale Ekberg, PE has 29 years of experience in the management and design of major highway and local roadway projects, intersections, alignment/corridor studies, municipal infrastructure, drainage, survey and utilities. He has experience managing teams on large transportation and design-build projects as well as construction administration. His combined experience in design, construction, and design-build ideally suits him for the role of Project Manager. Dale is experienced in the management and design of major highway and local roadway projects, intersections, interchanges and roundabouts, alignment/ corridor studies, airfields-runways and taxiways, municipal infrastructure, downtown revitalization and redevelopment, drainage, and utilities as well as private and commercial site development and property acquisition. Dale also has experience managing teams on large design-build projects including P3’s (Public, Private Partnerships).
Marcus Kochis, PE has over 18 years of civil engineering experience, with expertise in planning, budgeting, cost analysis, design, and construction inspection. His diverse design expertise includes highway planning and design, roadway and culvert design, maintenance of traffic design, signing and striping design, traffic signal design, utility design, stormwater system and BMP design, site development, preliminary and construction document preparation, public involvement, and construction inspection. He had served as design lead for a range of corridor reconstructions and upgrade projects including, most recently, Centennial Boulevard reconstruction in Colorado Springs; MOT for I-15 the Point and SR-154 Bangerter Highway at Redwood Road Interchange in Utah; and previously, MOT and Signing & Striping for Pecos Street bridge over I-70 replacement.
Ted Tjerandsen has extensive experience in structural and roadway projects utilizing CDOT specifications. His experience includes work on approximately $250 million in CDOT/federal oversight and city/county CIP projects. He has been responsible for projects with budgets of $150,000 to $53 million including Local Agency to CDOT major interchange reconstruction projects. Ted is highly regarded for his extensive knowledge of various agency codes and regulations, and for his problem-solving skills on the job which have resulted in cost or time savings. Ted’s vast construction management and inspection experience makes him well suited to address any construction-related issues that may arise on the project. In his roles, Ted provides the leadership necessary to ensure the successful construction of any size project. He is also well experienced in public information providing on-camera project updates and print media schedules which could have impacts to all project stakeholders.