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'We're getting smarter and getting more
productive with less manpower.'
Premier Project
Garrett says The Weitz Company has thrived in the Denver market
by focusing on building long-standing relationships with clients,
and that certainly has been the case with the University of Denver.
After successfully completing the Joy Burns Center for Hospitality
Management for the university several years ago, The Weitz Company was one of five contractors invited to propose on the new Sie
Complex, and ultimately was selected for the $19 million project.
Named for retired businessman and philanthropist John J. Sie and
his wife, Anna Maglione Sie, the Sie Complex is the new home of the
University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, alma mater of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The
five-story, 46,000-square-foot building is a project that Garrett says
The Weitz Company is especially proud of because of its connection
to the University of Denver's legacy of diplomacy and human rights.
"It's a fantastic project that will help ensure new generations of peace
makers for the world," he says.
The construction of the Sie Complex also makes it a one-of-a-kind
addition to The Weitz Company's portfolio. As Garrett explains, the
building utilized structural masonry construction, something that
is rarely seen on university campuses in the United States. Having
built several projects for schools such as Yale, Rice and Texas A&M,
Garrett says he has only encountered a structural masonry project
one other time. "They are an interesting scheduling and technical
challenge," he says.
Structural masonry construction involves concrete blocks with
a slab poured on top for each floor, a process that was challenging
enough on its own before the university's scheduling requests
came into play. Garrett says the project originally was planned to be
completed in July, in time for the beginning of the fall semester, but
along the way the university asked if it would be possible to bump
the completion up to March. "They wanted to see if they could turn it
over a semester early," Garrett says.
Thanks to close coordination with its subcontractor partners,
The Weitz Company developed a new schedule for the project that
allowed crews to alternate between exterior and interior masonry.
This way, Garrett says, crews could begin working on the exterior of
one level while the slab for the next level was being poured.

joining the workforce, Garrett says service providers like The Weitz
Company have adopted new processes and technologies to compensate. In particular, he adds, the adoption of lean manufacturing
principles such as the use of pre-fabricated components has gone a
long way toward making the company more efficient. "We're getting
smarter and, like a lot of industries, getting more productive with
less manpower," Garrett says.
The company also has invested extensively in BIM software,
and going forward The Weitz Company anticipates almost all of its
projects will be constructed virtually prior to actual work beginning, as in the case of the Sie Complex. Developments like these are
expected to help The Weitz Company continue to grow in Colorado, Garrett says, and the company already has an 18-story luxury
apartment high-rise in the works along with two new major office
building projects.
The Colorado market has been good to The Weitz Company, and
Garrett says that's because the company continues to focus on building strong relationships with clients. "We don't follow markets; we
follow clients," he says.

Advanced Planning
The successful completion of the Sie Complex is an example of how
advanced planning and close coordination with subcontractors are
helping The Weitz Company thrive in Colorado and beyond. Garrett
says these skills have become all the more important for the company as the declining number of skilled tradespeople in the labor pool
is limiting the overall capacity of the construction industry.
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