Swanson Rink Celebrates 70 Years of Engineering and Establishes a $25,000 Endowed Scholarship at the CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science

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Bucking the trend toward mega-firm consolidation, the firm’s leadership looks forward to its 71st year designing innovative mechanical and electrical infrastructure.

"We’re excited by our continued growth and the opportunity to invest in the next generation of engineering excellence." Gary Orazio, PE, president, Swanson Rink

Swanson Rink today announced it has made a $25,000 donation to the University of Colorado as part of its commemoration of 70 years in the engineering business. This contribution will support scholarship funding for students pursuing degrees in the university’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. Founded in Denver in 1949 by Al Swanson and Fred Rink, Swanson Rink provides mechanical and electrical design and commissioning services for data centers, airports and corporate developments.

“We’re proud of our history and legacy, and we wanted to celebrate this success by reinvesting in the engineering talent pipeline,” said Gary Orazio, P.E., president of Swanson Rink. “Engineers have a tremendous impact on our communities, and we’re looking forward to helping support advancements in the thinking and skills needed for the next 70 years,” he added. The endowment will help fund scholarships for CU Boulder students pursuing their degree in engineering sciences.

Swanson Rink is a recognized market leader in data center engineering, designing the power and cooling to ensure seamless data center operations supporting the global digital infrastructure. The firm has worked for some of the largest hyperscale data center clients in the U.S, having designed more than 200 megawatts of data center projects during the last three years.

The firm has also created a niche market providing design for some of the world’s largest and most iconic airports. Swanson Rink has provided baggage handling design at more than 60 airports around the world, including recent projects at Las Vegas and Los Angeles International Airports. The firm also has a major contract with the Transportation Security Administration, providing security checkpoint design for nearly every airport within the United States.

Swanson Rink has provided engineering for many notable projects in Denver, including Davita’s Corporate Headquarters, Xcel Energy’s Regional Headquarters at 1800 Larimer, and the 16th and Chestnut office tower as well as The Denver Pavilions and Cherry Creek Mall.

Swanson Rink remains a boutique engineering firm in an era of mega design firm mergers and acquisitions. The firm’s focus on mechanical and electrical engineering is supported by experts in fire protection/life safety, telecom and security, as well as baggage handling systems design.

“We wouldn’t be as successful as we are without the dedication of our employees, the trust placed in us by our clients, and all of the collaborative efforts of the many partners we’ve worked with during the past 70 years,” said Orazio. “We’re excited by our continued growth and the opportunity to invest in the next generation of engineering excellence,” he added.

About Swanson Rink: Swanson Rink is headquartered in Denver with a satellite office in Phoenix, providing engineering for mission critical data centers, aviation and corporate clients around the world. For more information, please visit https://swansonrink.com/.

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