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Jun. 5, 2013

Mortenson Construction and HDR Architecture Selected to Design and Build New Energy-Efficient Housing at Fort Carson

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor

Mortenson Construction and HDR Architecture have been selected by the US Army Corps of Engineers for a $94.4 million contract to design and build the 13th Combat Aviation Brigade Barracks at Fort Carson, Colo. The plan calls for the construction of a 370,156-square-foot complex that will feature three apartment buildings. Each pair of four-story buildings will be linked by a one-story glass pavilion.

The construction will also include a loft-like glass lobby, which will offer visual connection between the landscaped entrance plaza and the sports and activity courtyard in the back. The design aims to maximize building energy efficiency by preparing to adapt to net zero energy use. The Mortenson Construction and HDR Architecture design-build team is committed to achieve LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The development will feature numerous sustainable design elements such as a consolidated energy plant for the whole complex; solar walls in the façade of the building to harvest solar energy; solar hot water panels to offer 30 percent of domestic hot water consumption; solar PV arrays to offset 24.8 percent of annual energy consumption; and a highly efficient MEP system, as well as energy-efficient radiant floors for all units.

“We’re excited to help satisfy both the Corps’ short-term and long-term goals. The energy efficiency initiatives on this project will continue to provide long-term operating cost savings,” said Maja Rosenquist, vice president and general manager of Mortenson’s Denver office.

The military residential community will be home to nearly 1,000 soldiers, and other features will include courtyard areas with basketball courts, picnic tables and grills. Other major design-build team partners include RMH Group, SE Solutions, Nolte Vertical 5, Leo A Daly, Design Collaborative, Rimrock, Rader Network and HPE. Construction is scheduled to start in August and is expected to be completed in January 2015.

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