Denver’s Mortenson Construction has received a national award from the Design Build Institute of America for the company’s work on the Fort Carson Warriors in Transition Barracks in Colorado Springs. The award was formally presented to Mortenson at the 2012 Design-Build Conference & Expo in New Orleans on November 8.
The 96,400-sq-ft Warrior Transition barracks at Fort Carson is where wounded and ill soldiers receive high-quality rehab care. The new facility incorporates special features to treat burns, behavioral health disorders and traumatic brain injuries. It also helps amputees and visually or hearing-impaired soldiers.
While the project’s requeset for proposal stipulated that it achieve a LEED-Silver rating, the design-build team delivered a LEED-Gold project with solar hot water, a ground-source, geothermal-based HVAC system, heat-recovery units and a 300-kW photovoltaic array.
Other key features of the project include:
• a common space with extensive daylighting and an inviting fireplace
• outdoor recreation amenities such as picnic shelters and grills
• teleconferencing rooms for connecting with family and friends
• oversized elevators for wheelchair access.
The Mortenson team included: Transystems (architect of record), SE-Solutions (structural engineer), DLR Group (consulting architect), Cator Ruma (electrical engineer), The RMH Group (mechanical engineer), Encore Electric (electrical contractor), Heating and Plumbing Engineers (mechanical contractor), Design Collaborative (landscape design), and The Rader Network (ATFP).
“It’s a great honor to be recognized by the DBIA,” said Maja Rosenquist of Mortenson Construction. “We’re very proud of what we achieved with our team but more importantly, what we achieved on behalf of Fort Carson and its soldiers.”