Durability + Design
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site


D+D News

Main News Page

Denver Sets Timeline for Mega Project

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

More items for Good Technical Practice

Comment | More

Denver city officials have established a timeline for the National Western Center project, with construction slated to begin early next year and phases one and two completed sooner than originally planned.

The initial contract up for bid, worth $250 million or more, according to the Denver Post, is the largest of several, and deals mostly with site-clearing and road-building work.

Western Center Project

Plans for the National Western Center project focus around providing a space for the National Western Stock Show, while also accommodating amenities to make the location a year-round attraction for tourism, education and events. 

The 250-acre complex will feature new livestock and equestrian centers and stockyards, as well as an equine sports medicine facility and an onsite water resource center built in partnership with Colorado State University.

The project will also call for a number of infrastructure changes, such as the construction of new bridges across the South Platte River and onsite rail line realignment.

Project Development Timeline

Five years of preparation have gone into the project so far, and representatives from Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s office have unveiled a baseline schedule that would see the first two phases of the project completed by 2024, instead of the original 10-year timeline.

“By shortening our timeline for construction, we can reduce our projected costs,” NWC executive director Gretchen Hollrah said in an interview.

The cost of the project decreased from $1.1 billion to $1 billion, according to reports, thanks to site plan changes that had lowered the city-directed portion of the project from $856 million to $765 million. Colorado State University also received $200 million for its equine sports medicine facility and  onsite water resource center contribution to the project.

Contract Bidding

According to the Denver Post, Hollrah’s office plans to release a solicitation for potential bidders for the largest contract at the end of December. The formal bid request will follow early next year.

The contract, known as the Horizontal Portfolio Integrated Construction Contract, covers clean-up of the South Platte Riverfront, sitewide infrastructure and utility work and investigation into and treatment of contaminated soil, along with other work. This work needs to be completed before the city can move forward with the major vertical components, new livestock and equestrian centers, noted Hollrah. That work may not begin until 2021.


Tagged categories: Agriculture; Business matters; Construction; Project Management

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Shield Industries, Inc
FireGuard® E-84 Intumescent Coating - Shield Industries, Inc
Trust the certified protection of the industry’s most innovative intumescent coating FireGuard® E-84 to provide you with the 1 and 2 hour fire ratings you need.

Novatek Corporation
Novatek Portable Air Filtration Systems
Air Scrubbers/Negative Air machines for restoration, abatement, dust & odor control, hazardous contaminant removal from job sites to clean rooms and hospitals. Portable, affordable!

Keim Mineral Coatings
Mineral Silicate Paints + Stains Fuse to Concrete
• Forms permanent chemical bonds
• Becomes part of the concrete
• Will never peel
• Looks completely natural


Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@durabilityanddesign.com

The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker


© Copyright 2012-2018, Technology Publishing Co., All rights reserved