Rocky Mountain Group, architects & engineers aren’t just for skyscrapers.
February 7, 2017
INTRODUCTION – I’ve tapped into a sentiment in the public that believes architects and engineers mostly work on elaborate projects such as skyscrapers, water diversion projects (like moving West Slope mountain water from the headwaters of the Colorado River and diverting it to Colorado’s Front Range and plains – google The Colorado-Big Thompson Project). Or Austin Powers like top secret aerospace campuses … But finally, we ran into a locally owned firm called Rocky Mountain Group that offers design-build solutions for citizens that are involved in a variety of construction projects including working with the first time homeowner. We like this because they are willing to sit down with everyday people. The purpose of this article is to learn more about one of Colorado’s most agile, pragmatic and innovative construction firms called Rocky Mountain Group who has offices in Colorado Springs, Englewood, Evans and Monument Colorado…this is precisely what we mean by the title COLO RAD OWNED™
BOC – Engineers and architects are among the first to get a sense of what types of projects are arriving in Colorado. What is your gut feeling as to the pipeline of jobs (quantitative ) representing people wanting to invest & develop in Colorado (relative to 2009 height of recession )
RMG – The recent increase in migration to Colorado has really been the catalyst to the boom in residential market along the Front Range. Rocky Mountain Group believes this trend will level off slightly, with an increase in commercial and infrastructure projects to support the increasing population. Additionally, the changing demographics, Millennials and 55+ Kids, is something RMG believes is a great opportunity for communities that share common grounds.
BOC – What makes your engineering firm unique?
RMG is really focused on each project, whether a single family first-time buyer or a large project with many technical challenges. We work with many residential homeowners and understand the importance to each family. We like to offer a unique line of services that covers all the needs of a home builder, from geotechnical, structural, to architectural design. Additionally, RMG is always looking for innovative solutions, such as the Tella Firma foundation system designed for soils with high clay content (expansive soils). A foundation that is elevated above the ground. RMG is always trying to bring innovative realistic solutions to the industry and homeowners. Provide a one-stop-shop for the critical points of building in Colorado’s unique landscape.
BOC – What is the 2017 greatest challenge for your firm?
RMG – Adjusting to our growth and the increased market demand! We are growing, and that is a great thing, but it does come with its unique challenges that require special attention to the market. One of the largest challenges is finding the type of qualified professionals RMG would like to have on board. We are happy to be a 30-year-old Colorado firm during these great times and are continuously looking forward to servicing the Front Range.
BOC – What is your plan to address the challenge?
RMG has recently acquired a local Denver boutique geotechnical firm with the objective of adding some great professionals onto the RMG team and help penetrate specific markets. RMG is looking to service complex projects which require added value engineering, know-how, and 30 years’ experience in Colorado.
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If you live in or near Denver, or just love music, you’ve probably seen a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Listening to your favorite music with great friends, against the backdrop of the Colorado sky, is a memory many of us share.
Although having concerts played here since 1906, Red Rocks as we know it today wasn’t officially finished until 1941. The city of Denver purchased it from John Brisben Walker in 1927 and after construction began in 1936, it still took 5 years for it to be completed.
Here at RMG Engineers and Architects, we really appreciate the amazing geotechnical and structural engineering that went into making Red Rocks Amphitheater what it is today. It’s construction truly was a wonderful venture that not only created jobs for unemployed men during the great depression but created a place for Coloradans and all Americans to be proud of for decades to come.
There is more to Red Rocks than just these 10 things. There’s more to it than being an amazing engineering feat. Red Rocks is a place that Coloradans hold dear to their hearts. It is a place that makes them feel proud of where they live. John Hickenlooper, current Governor of Colorado, calls Red Rocks “a true icon for Colorado”.
In 2015 Red Rocks was named a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. This was an accomplishment made possible by a 14-year effort by the nonprofit Friends of Red Rocks, a label held by 25 locations in Colorado.
Red Rocks Amphitheater is more than just a place, it is an experience. You can’t just take someone’s word on what it feels like to be surrounded by the red sandstone and the perfect acoustics that result from them, you have to be there. You have to feel it for yourself. It’s a feeling that almost all Coloradans know. And it’s one that they are proud of and love to share.
What’s YOUR favorite thing about Red Rocks? Let us know in the comments below!
Late in 2015, Jared, a male engineering student, wrote a letter to the editor of his school’s newspaper, The Easterner.
It is addressed to the women in his engineering class and explains from his point of view why women “are in fact unequal”.explains from his point of view why women 'are in fact unequal' #ILookLikeAnEngineer Click To Tweet
Here is the original letter from the newspaper:
We decided to have Colette, one of our fellow engineers here at RMG Engineers, write a response. We think you’ll find it interesting. Here it is below:
To Jared Mauldin:
Dear Jared, thank you for your impassioned letter to the editor addressed to your fellow women engineering students. While I appreciate your sensitivity to our possible up-hill and unfair fights to become engineers, I believe this is what has made many of us become the professionals we are today.
I tend to agree with you that we are often overlooked in math and science because it’s thought to be too hard for girls. And, maybe, we had to study harder and perhaps put in more hours than our male counterparts based on our lack of back ground math and science skills established in our younger years, but I believe this has led us to persevere in our chosen field of study.
Having to overcome the “boys clubs” and the stereotypical pictures of females has helped us survive in a “man’s world” and, in turn, made us fight for recognition. Perhaps it is overcoming these certain obstacles that has made us stubborn and determined to succeed.Having to overcome the “boys clubs” and the stereotypical pictures of females has helped us survive in a “man’s world” #ILookLikeAnEngineer Click To Tweet
We don’t need the acknowledgement of others to realize our successes and we take personal pride in our work and work ethics.
Jared, I am honored to be your peer and appreciate your awareness of our struggles. Maybe your letter to the editor will make more people cognizant of the hurdles women have in the math and science fields and they, in turn, may start to treat us as equals.
Colette Smith, P.E.
Colette Smith is a structural engineer and works for RMG Engineers in Colorado. She has a Bachelor and Master of Engineering Degrees from the University of South Carolina.