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Union on Elizabeth Wins AGC ACE Award

The Associated General Contractors of Colorado ACE (Award for Construction Excellence) Awards are presented annually to recognize the great contractors and project teams in the state of Colorado. Judging of the awards was performed by the AGC of Wisconsin based on the outstanding creativity, skill and excellence of Colorado’s builders, architects, engineers and specialty contractors. 

 Dohn Construction received the 2020 ACE Award in the category of Best Building Project ($40-$70 Million - General Contractor) for the Union on Elizabeth project. The Union on Elizabeth is a mixed-use building located in the Campus West neighborhood of Fort Collins, Colorado. Completed in April of 2020, the Union on Elizabeth consists of 107 student housing apartment units, totaling 402 bedrooms and amassing over 400,000 total square feet built around a central six-level precast parking garage. The units themselves are a mix of one, two, three, four and five-bedroom apartments, some being comprised of multiple stories. 

 To compliment the living experience, luxury amenities including a rooftop pool and lounge, outdoor grilling area, fitness center, business center, leasing office and two storefront retail spaces are located on site. Throughout construction of the project, the Union on Elizabeth team successfully conquered a variety of obstacles and special conditions along with logistical challenges including complex design requirements. The Union on Elizabeth project was efficiently executed through exceptional teamwork and organization, featuring state-of-the-art construction innovation and incorporation of new techniques to enhance the building process. All involved were proud to contribute to the local community by revitalizing an underutilized property near the growing Colorado State University campus. This project not only provides a great place for students to live and learn, but gives local businesses more patrons as students move in. During construction, City of Fort Collins Planner, Jason Holland, commented, “I drive by [the site] a few times a week. Impeccable construction and design work. Dohn and their subs are on it. Really impressed with how this is coming together.” Jason also said, “Thank you for all the great work your team is doing on this project. The construction quality, management, design and everything out there is looking really, really good. You all are setting the bar and delivering. Thanks for helping make us a better city as we grow up.” The Union on Elizabeth project team included Senior Project Manager Jennifer Chavies, Field Superintendent Ron Shimpa, Field Superintendent Bob Adleman, Assistant Project Manager Ethan Mathern, Assistant Project Manager Kayla Utter and Chief Estimator Josh Wallace.

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