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Cover Story - October 2008

The Best Colorado Projects of 2008

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Gold Hard Hat Awards Criteria for Projects Entries:

The annual Gold Hard Hat Awards is a competition to determine the best Colorado projects completed by Colorado firms in a calendar year. Projects can be submitted by any of the firms involved in any aspect of a project, including owners and developers, public or private. There is no charge for entries.

Judging was done by a panel of industry experts, based on design quality and innovation, craftsmanship, the project’s contribution to the community and the industry, solution of unique design and construction challenges, and overall excellence. The size of the project was not a factor in the judging.


  • Project sites must be located in Colorado.
  • Projects must be completed or at least 90% completed between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2008.
  • Firms were allowed to nominate one project per category, and each project could be entered in only one category.
  • Entries could be submitted by any of the firms working on a project, including owners, architects, engineers, contractors and subs.
  • To avoid any potential conflicts of interest, judges abstained from voting in categories that included projects in which they or their firms were involved or in which they felt any other potential conflict of interest.

2008 Gold Hard Hat Award Judges

Jeffrey L. Cochran
Catamount Constructors Inc.
As a principal and the Denver Division president, Jeff Cochran is responsible for managing all operations and administrative activities for Catamount Inc.’s Denver office. Cochran earned his bachelor’s degree in construction management from Southern College of Technology in Marietta, Ga., and started with Catamount in 1997, along with four additional principals.

Lauren Evans
Pinyon Environmental Engineering Resources Inc.
Lauren Evans has 26 years of consulting engineering experience, primarily in subsurface investigations and remediation projects involving hazardous waste and petroleum contamination. As Pinyon’s president, she has managed all phases of the firm’s projects, from initial assessment through remedial design and implementation.
Evans is also the current ACEC/CO president.

Don Gendall
The Weitz Co.
Don Gendall is a vice president at The Weitz Co. in Denver. He is responsible for business acquisition for the Rocky Mountain region, supported by the Weitz offices in Denver, Frisco and Glenwood Springs.

Gendall currently serves on the board of directors of AIA Colorado. His other industry memberships include the Metro Denver Board of Governors, NAIOP, and the Southeast Business Partnership. He is a member of the AGC/AIA/ACEC Liaison Committee, which is responsible for the annual Curt Dale Roles and Relationships workshop.

Bryan McFarland
Alberta Development Partners
Bryan McFarland is a principal-in-charge of development for Alberta Development Partners. With more than 20 years of construction experience, his current responsibilities include management of all design and construction of Alberta’s retail and mixed-use developments, including the Streets at SouthGlenn in Centennial. During the course of his career, he has developed more than seven million sq ft of retail, office and commercial space.

Jeff Pedersen
Durrant Group
Jeff Pedersen is a senior project manager with the Durrant Group. He has 25 years of experience, focused primarily on the design of hospitality, multifamily, mixed-use and retail projects. Pedersen has led the land entitlement process on many complicated projects ranging in size from one acre to more than 50 acres. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is licensed in four states and holds NCARB certification.

Fred Wolfe
GE Johnson Construction Co.
Fred Wolfe is a construction executive with GE Johnson Construction Co.’s Colorado Springs office. He has more than 15 years of experience, including the building of over $421-million worth of construction projects. His project expertise includes health-care facilities, schools, offices and advanced technologies. He graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in architecture.


Top Overall - Maroon Creek Project

Mixed-Use Project

Architectural Design Project

Private Project

Concrete Project

Public Project

Design Build Project

Religious Facility Project

Engineering Design Project

Restoration_Renovation Project

Environmental Project

Sustainable Design Project

Health Care Project

Water_Wastewater Project

Heavy_Highway Project

Judges Special Award Project

Industrial_Manufacturing Project


Landscape Project


Masonry Project




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