Mortenson Construction and Fentress Architects Win National AIA TAP BIM Award for the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center

Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center by Fentress Architects

Denver, Colorado (March 19, 2013) – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has honored Mortenson Construction and Fentress Architects with its national Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Building Information Model (BIM) Award, the highest award for a project team that has integrated building information technology into their project. The AIA TAP BIM Award competition has been an annual event since 2005, and showcases award-winning case studies from the profession that harness Building Information Technology and processes that further design, construction, and project excellence. Winners will be acknowledged during the AIA National Convention in Denver on June 19th.

The team’s award submittal highlighted documented metrics, which resulted in a 4.5%, or approximately $9 million savings on overall project costs. These savings were reinvested back into the project in customer-deferred enhancements. The 695,767 square-foot  Ralph  L.  Carr  Colorado  Judicial  Center includes a 12-story office tower, two Court of Appeals courtrooms, a courtroom for the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Supreme Court Library, and an educational civics learning center that features interactive exhibits which showcase the role of the American justice system.

The design and construction team credit the Integrated Project Delivery approach and the collaborative team efforts of the architect, construction manager, developer, owner, and State as keys to their success. By using three-dimensional virtual design and construction methods that included a building information model, the team was able to ensure that any conflicts were resolved before field installation.

The project team of Mortenson Construction, Fentress Architects, and Trammell Crow Company, including their sub consultants and trade partners, delivered the project two months ahead of schedule in December 2012, allowing early move-in for several of the state judicial and legal agencies.

Construction is nearing final completion as additional state agencies continue to move in. The project will be formally dedicated in a public ceremony scheduled for May 2nd.

About Mortenson Construction

Serving Colorado for more than 30 years, Mortenson Construction is a U.S.-based, family-owned construction company. Founded in 1954, and recognized as one of the nation's top builders, Mortenson provides a complete range of services, including planning, program management, preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, design-build, and turn-key development. Mortenson has offices in Denver, Minneapolis, Seattle, Milwaukee, Chicago, Phoenix and Portland with international operations in Canada and China.

About Fentress Architects

Fentress Architects is a global design firm that passionately pursues the creation of sustainable and iconic architecture. Together with its clients, Fentress creates inspired design to improve the human environment. Founded by Curtis Fentress in 1980, the firm has designed US $27 billion of architectural projects worldwide, visited by more than 350 million people each year. Fentress is a dynamic learning organization, driven to grow its ability to design, innovate, and exceed client expectations. The firm has been honored with more than 425 distinctions for design excellence and innovation. In 2010, Curtis Fentress was recognized by the American Institute of Architects with the most prestigious award for public architecture, the Thomas Jefferson Award. Fentress has studios in Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; San Jose, California; Washington, D.C.; London, U.K.; and Shanghai, China.

About Trammell Crow

Trammell Crow Company “TCC”, founded in 1948, is one of the nation’s oldest and most prolific developers and investors in commercial real estate. The company has developed or acquired over 525 million square feet of buildings with a value exceeding $55 billion. In Denver, Trammell Crow Company has had a presence since 1958. In the past decade, TCC’s Denver Office has successfully developed and acquired nearly $2 billion in projects across all product types. The Denver Office recently completed History Colorado and DaVita’s World Headquarters building. Trammell Crow Company also oversees the Denver Union Station Transportation project.