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Civil | MATRIX DESIGN GROUP • Revenues: $22 million • Headquarters: Colorado Sprin gs, Colo. • Employees: 130 • Services: Community planning, development, env nmental ser land structural designiroconstruction vices, management and transp,ortation Matrix Design Group “We like complex projects that require creativity.” –Eric Smith, VP A Matrix employee places box beams for a pedestrian underpass along North Nevada Avenue. « New Solutions COMPLEX PROJECTS ARE THE FORTE OF MATRIX DESIGN GROUP. BY LIBBY JOHN atrix Design Group thrives on challenging and complex projects, which is why the firm was the perfect fit for the design and construction management of the mile-long North Nevada Avenue expansion and renovation project in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority. Completed in October 2009, the project took a four-lane road and transformed it into a sixlane principle arterial with an upgraded drainage system, new curb and gutter; signalized intersections and curbed median. The project also required landscaping services and designing a 150-foot pedestrian underpass for easy access between a new shopping center and the aggressive growth plan of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). The $12 million project was completed under a tight schedule – construction began in June 2008 – and was done in conjunction with a major retail shopping center called University Village Colorado. The development is anchored by large national retailers such as Costco, Kohl’s and Lowe’s. M Multiple Challenges “We overcame multiple challenges, met the deadline and ensured that the road would be open for the grand opening of the shopping center,” Vice President Lee Kellar says. A challenge to Matrix Design Group was the coordination of the corridor stakeholders. “There was a significant amount of coordination with the university and the development,” Project Manager Celeste Raine says. “Each team [the university, the development and Matrix] had their own architect, landscape architect, designers and owner. It was a challenge to develop a corridor theme that was universally accepted. Once the vision was established, the three entities took a very altruistic approach to the project. ”There were additional complexities,” she continues. “[For example,] there were 13 different utility companies that had to be relocated or avoided as part of this project. Also, two major utilities – including electric transmission and fiber optic – conflicted with the construction of the pedestrian underpass. These two utilities could only be shut down and relocated during specific times of the year. “These facilities provide service to the airport and several military installations in CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY 2010 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - January 2010
Profitable Contractor
Aireko Enterprises
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Interlink Group
TCD Inc.
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Wharton-Smith Inc.
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Grinnell Recycling
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Sessler Wrecking
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Regional Spotlight
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
Block Cos.
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Urban Landmarks
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
Construction Coach
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
Nan Inc.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
Special Focus
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
DiFazio Industries
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks

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