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Ralph Carr Colorado Judicial Center

Key to the project’s success was the use of BIM across the design and construction team, including key suppliers such as Coldspring. With BIM, digital 3D representations of a facility’s physical and functional characteristics are shared and managed among team members through the project’s life cycle.  

"The nearly universal adoption of BIM by members of the design and construction team helped make this project seamless," said Martin Eiss, senior associate with Fentress Architects of Denver and project designer for the Colorado Judicial Center. "There was a lot more collaboration early on in this project," said Eiss. "Coldspring was able to be on board from the beginning with BIM and coordinate essential details and planning in the early stages."With BIM, the team saved significant amounts of time. Coldspring showed its ability to be a member of the design team early in the design phase by modeling parts and pieces on the stone applications with the architectural team. BIM also allowed Coldspring to provide details in the shop drawings, which saved Fentress time in detailing shop drawings. In the field, general contractor Mortenson Construction of Minneapolis used BIM, which facilitated coordination and helped address potential conflicts before they arose. The Judicial Center opened two months ahead of schedule, thanks in large part to the team’s coordination and adoption of BIM. With BIM, the team saved significant amounts oime. Coldspring showed its ability to be a member of the design team early in the design phase by modeling parts and pieces on the stone applications with the architectural team. BIM also allowed Coldspring to provide details in the shop drawings, which saved Fentress time in detailing shop drawings. In the field, general contractor Mortenson Construction of Minneapolis used BIM, which facilitated coordination and helped address potential conflicts before they arose. The Judicial Center opened two months ahead of schedule, thanks in large part to the team’s coordination and adoption of BIM.

2013 Pinnacle Award Winner: Commercial Exterior

 

The Grand Corridor features a mural including images of the Coldspring Iridian quarry, where the building’s facade was quarried. Artist Amy Baur, from InPlainSight said "It just made sense to show the raw material that created the gorgeous facade to be shown in the corridor since it was such a conceptually great example of hard work and perseverance resulting in something valuable and honorable."

Photos courtesy of: Steve Maylone