Mortenson Construction and Fentress Architects Win National Architecture Award for Virtual Design & Construction Efforts on the Colorado Judicial Center

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Mortenson Construction and Fentress Architects Win National Architecture Award for Virtual Design & Construction Efforts on the Colorado Judicial Center. The Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center earned the team recognition for their virtual design and construction modeling efforts, which contributed to $9 million in project cost savings.

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 19.

The team’s award submittal highlighted documented metrics, which resulted in a 4.5 percent, or approximately $9 million savings, on this $200 million project. These savings were reinvested back into the project in customer-defined enhancements. The 695,767 gross-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 success of a BIM based process is heavily dependent on the commitment to collaboration by all team members. This team showed not only what is possible, but what should be expected from all future projects," said Bill Mosher, senior managing director at Trammell Crow Company.

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 2.

About Mortenson Construction
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 Company
Trammell Crow Company “TCC”, founded in 1948, is one of the nation’s leading developers and investors in commercial real estate. The Company has developed or acquired nearly 2,600 buildings valued at nearly $60 billion and over 540 million square feet. As of December 31, 2012, Trammell Crow Company had over $4.2 billion of projects in process and $2.1 billion in its pipeline.

Trammell Crow Company’s teams are dedicated to building value for its clients with professionals in 15 major cities throughout the United States. The company serves users of and investors in, office, industrial, retail, healthcare, multi-family residential and mixed use projects. For those who occupy real estate, TCC can execute the development or acquisition of facilities tailored to meet its clients’ needs. For investor clients, the company offers large strategic joint ventures, opportunity funds, and other targeted investment options.

Trammell Crow Company is an independently operated subsidiary of CBRE Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, and the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2012 revenue). For more information visit


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