Lone Tree's newest corporate citizens plan to open the doors to the first of its two buildings next summer, officials say.
Kiewit Corp., a multibillion-dollar engineering and construction firm based in Omaha, Nebraska, is building a 12.6-acre campus west of I-25 near the Sky Ridge Light Rail Station. Kiewit officials say the campus will be a regional headquarters for its Colorado employees, who are currently operating in offices throughout the state.
The campus will be a much-needed space for Kiewit employees in different fields to interact and collaborate, Project Executive Michael Brumley said.
“We're excited to have this central hub in Colorado for all of our Colorado needs and employees. There are 900 Kiewit Colorado-based staff, and they're kind of scattered throughout different offices,” Brumley said. Brumley currently works out of the company's Englewood office. “This will put everybody under one roof.”
Kiewit officials gave media tours of the near-complete first building Oct. 29. The company plans to open the doors to the five-story, 252,000-square-foot building in July, project manager Eric Roumph said. The first building will be home to 1,100 employees. The second building, at four stories and 142,000 square feet, broke ground in May and is also under construction. Officials plan for it to open in spring 2022. About 600 employees will work there.
“We know that being here is going to have a positive impact on the community and also on our community—the company,” Brumley said. “We're proud to be part of Lone Tree and excited to part of Lone Tree.”
Brumley said the decision to build Kiewit's Colorado headquarters in Lone Tree was “natural,” given the city's proximity to Denver and access to light rail.
“There aren't many sites with direct access to light rail,” Brumley said. “That was a real key element for us, both in the short term, with the employees we have, and long term, with workforce development. It's really an amenity that allows for the diversity of travel.”
Kiewit will be the last major addition to Lone Tree's RidgeGate West neighborhood, which stretches from the Lone Tree Arts Center to I-25 and includes the Charles Schwab and Sky Ridge Medical Center campuses — the city's two largest private employers. When complete, Kiewit's Lone Tree campus will be home to 1,700 employees, most of whom already work in various offices throughout the state. The space will also be used to accommodate the company's future growth throughout the region.
The first 1,000 staff members of the Lone Tree Kiewit campus will move into their new offices over a four-week period next summer, a Kiewit spokesperson said in September.
Brumley said the company is “always hiring” workers and engineers of all disciplines. The Lone Tree Kiewit campus will primarily focus on infrastructure projects, doing mostly civil, mechanical and structural engineering.
Collaboration among engineers planning a project is crucial, Roumph said, and roughly 40% of the Lone Tree Kiewit campus' offices will be open-concept designs.
“No one person can design a bridge or a road or a building. If there's a structural engineer, an electrical engineer, a mechanical engineer, an architect that has to bring it all together — those people have their own little systems, but if they work in a vacuum, nothing will come together like it needs to,” Roumph said. “All that coordination, and getting that onto paper so it can be built correctly, is huge, and it's a pretty monumental effort.”
The campus will also include a café and an additional coffee shop open to the public.
The Kiewit project broke ground in March, before the pandemic forced widespread closures. Construction projects are considered essential, so Kiewit did not skip a beat. The project's more than 200 employees have adjusted to the pandemic, wearing masks on-site, monitoring symptoms and limiting large gatherings.
Kiewit, founded in 1884, is a $10 billion company with subsidiaries in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The corporation employs about 23,000 people in North America. Kiewit has construction and engineering services in markets including building, transportation, oil, gas and chemical, power, water/wastewater, industrial and mining.
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