The first of two buildings to make up the new regional headquarters for one of the nation's leading construction and engineering firms will be completed by next year, officials say, with the second …
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The first of two buildings to make up the new regional headquarters for one of the nation's leading construction and engineering firms will be completed by next year, officials say, with the second one to break ground this June.
Kiewit Building Group, a construction and engineering firm promising to bring about 1,100 jobs to Lone Tree once the ribbon is cut on the first building, installed the final steel beam for the structure March 9. Those 1,100 employees, engineers mostly, will make an average of $100,000 per year. The Phase One building is expected to be finished by June 2021, said Chris Kelner, Kiewit's national director of preconstruction.
“The big thing about this project, it's kind of a symbol of America and who we are. We're builders. We're engineers. That's what we do here,” Kelner said.
At the topping-off ceremony March 9, city officials, business leaders and construction workers gathered at the site to celebrate the work completed so far on the campus, which will eventually reach about 400,000 square feet. The campus is on 12.6 acres of land between the Sky Ridge Station and I-25. Once fully completed — the second phase is on track to finish in 2022 — the regional headquarters will employ about 1,770 people, according to its site improvement plan.
The campus will include a food court-style area for various retail and food/beverage options.
“The need for services and expertise is driving our growth with no sign of slowing down. Here at RidgeGate, our company is poised to develop a high-quality workforce with a focus on our future,” Kelner said. “There is no disputing that construction and engineering industries are in an evolutionary state, and Kiewit is on the forefront of those challenges. Today's projects are larger and more complex and Kiewit has established a world-class team to meet these challenges.”
The new headquarters will be home to about 900 of the company's existing Colorado-based staff. Kiewit's Colorado employees are spread out across the state now. The new headquarters will help consolidate the staff in one location.
Kiewit has worked on various local projects like the I-25 expansion as part of Denver's Transportation Expansion Project in 2006.
Kiewit decided to move to Lone Tree last spring due to the city's location, proximity to higher education facilities and the area's strong economy, according to a March 9 news release. The company also cited the city's initiative to make Lone Tree a desirable place to live and work.
“It serves as a powerful reminder of what will be accomplished with the talented people that will occupy this space soon,” said Joe Wingerter, vice president of project development.
Mayor Jackie Millet welcomed the company on behalf of the city, reiterating that Kiewit has been a partner with the city throughout the process to build its campus in RidgeGate. Millet recognized representatives from Congressman Ken Buck's office, the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, Denver South Economic Development Partnership and Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, including its CEO, JJ Ament.
“You guys are kind of a big deal,” Millet said.
The east side of I-25 will be home to thousands of future Lone Tree residents. RidgeGate developers announced March 3 the first housing developments to go on the east side will begin soon. More than 2,500 housing units — 1,900 single-family homes — will be constructed, with the first residents to move in by 2022.
Millet said it was a dream of both Ament's and Lone Tree Economic Development Director Jeff Holwell's to bring Kiewit to Lone Tree, which is starting to come to fruition.
“When the City of Lone Tree incorporated 25 years ago, we had a vision of transit-oriented development in connection with traditional suburbia,” Millet said. “We are executing every day on that vision, and this is the crown jewel. I don't know if the early city leaders could have envisioned what is coming up out of the ground today. The aesthetics could not be more attractive, the functionality is unbelievable and the access to multiple modes of transportation really is the cherry on top of this sundae.”
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