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'We are trying to achieve a somewhat
historic look using modern materials.'
will be a new concept from the owners/operators of Work & Class, an
acclaimed restaurant located in the container project across from the
Hotel," Dame says.

Project Pride
Gravitas and Sprung Construction are incorporating unique materials
into The Ramble Hotel, including hand-molded bricks from Maryland.
"It's a historic looking softer red brick," Dame says, noting that their
manufacturing process gives each brick slightly different shape.
The company also had to create several mock-ups for the steel
façade that wraps the hotel's first floor. "The first floor steel façade
adds an interesting contrast to the brick on the floors above," he says,
noting that every steel detail was reviewed and approved through
mock ups between the architect, owner and steel fabricator.
Between the windows, steel and masonry,"We are trying to achieve
a somewhat historic look using modern materials that perform
according to today's standards," Dame says. "We're very proud of how
all of the different materials and details are starting to come together."

Tom Sprung, is still very engaged in all projects the company takes
on," he says.
The company also sees the value of teamwork, which it has not lost
sight of as it has built The Ramble Hotel. "It's [about] getting everyone
to the table to work together," he says, adding that Sprung Construction collaborated closely with primary architects Johnson Nathan
Strohe out of Denver, and Avenue Interior Design out of Los Angeles.
The firm also works closely with its subcontractors, which include
several that it has partnered with in the past. "We rely heavily on
our relationships with our subcontractors, most of whom we have
worked with on previous projects," he says. "They're ultimately the
guys that get it done."
He sees a strong future for the company, which will grow carefully.
"[We're] making sure we can handle what we take on," he says, adding that the current Denver market will keep the company busy for
at least the next couple years.
"Denver is booming," he says, but admits that it can be difficult to
find the labor to meet the project needs. "The key for us is signing up
subs that we trust and know can deliver."

Project Challenges
Sprung Construction has faced several project specific challenges
including a tight site with limited lay down space, and a general
shortage of labor for critical scopes of work as it builds The Ramble
Hotel. "With how much construction currently going on in Denver,
finding enough quality manpower has been a real challenge across
the board," Dame admits.
As with most projects, staying on budget also has been a challenge.
"We're trying to get creative and use high quality materials without
blowing the budget," Dame admits. "With general scope creep, combined with material and labor cost escalations, we need to have clear
constant communication with the subs, design team and the owner."
On site, safety of all personnel is extremely important to Sprung
Construction. On site safety orientations and implementation of
standard safety protocols are essential to a successful project, "We
take the safety of all workers on site extremely seriously," Dame says.
Sprung Construction employs a safety manager who visits the site
regularly and works with its management team. "It's the No. 1 thing
we've got to look out for," he says.

Denver Focused
Based in Denver, Sprung Construction started operations in 1976
and has built many innovative and sustainable spaces within its
home city. "We're a leader in challenging, complicated infill projects,"
Dame says.
Dame, who joined Sprung Construction two years ago, says it
successfully takes on these complex jobs, despite its modest size.
It also has a culture where its managers are hands-on. "Our owner,

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