CTL|Thompson Project Among Best in the Nation
DENVER, CO CTL|Thompson, a full-service geotechnical, structural, environmental and materials engineering firm, received international recognition this week for its engineering solutions on behalf of the Regency Athletic Complex at Metropolitan State University of Denver, earning a National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).
Firm executives received the prestigious distinction at the Engineering Excellence Awards in Washington, D.C. The Award recognizes projects from around the nation that demonstrate exceptional achievement in engineering. CTL was recognized last year by ACEC's Colorado chapter, earning the 2016 Grand Conceptor Award, given by a judging panel only when a project represents an engineering feat that is transformative and sets a new standard for the industry in Colorado. ACEC-Colorado described the Complex as "an all-star in the eyes of the engineering community."
"We are humbled to be recognized for this collaborative project, which required confidence by all involved and benefits so many people going forward," said CTL Vice President Marc Cleveland. "The award builds awareness for a new solution that opens up brownfields around the country for new development."
CTL overcame substantial economic and environmental challenges to help its client transform a former industrial complex into a $23.6-million sports complex with tennis courts, running paths and athletic fields for baseball, softball and soccer teams.
Instead of the common solution - excavating and removing contaminated soils and replacing them with imported fill materials - CTL's geotechnical and environmental engineers recommended deep dynamic compaction, a ground-improvement technique almost unheard of in the Denver, Colorado, market. The cost-effective solution made it economically feasible for the university to transform its vision for this urban campus into a reality.
CTL Environmental Division Manager Matt Wardlow describes the process in great detail on ACEC-Colorado's YouTube channel.
CTL's project team included Matt Wardlow, Marc Cleveland, Benny Lujan, Dave Glater, and Trevor Truett, working in partnership with Metropolitan State University, Auraria Higher Education Center, Davis Partnership Architects, Martin/Martin Inc., Saunders Construction Inc., and Hayward Baker Inc., which performed the deep dynamic compaction.