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Fransen Pittman took home AGC’s 2018 Bronze ACE Award for Meeting the Challenge of a Difficult Job on the Historic Colorado Capitol Reroof project. FP was given the unique opportunity to restore the capitol roof, which included many challenges.

Fransen Pittman removed the existing roof and restored it with copper and slate roofing, added a 60 foot flag pole, and recreated the historic vents. This came with many obstacles including coordinating a tight, occupied site, safe transfer of workers and supplies, and protection of historic murals and building finishes. The early discovery of 50,000sqft of asbestos in the original roofing and attic quickly expanded the scope of the project and the complexity of the already challenging site. FP created a detailed plan to contain and remove all asbestos by building an intricate scaffolding and shrink wrap structure with a temporary water management system, all while protecting the public, workers, and patrons of the occupied capitol.

Another unique challenge of this project was the research and installation of copper materials that would match the existing materials, survive the Colorado weather, and magnify the beauty of our capitol. Because of the collaboration between FP, subcontractors, and architects, the capitol received a 2018 North American Copper in Architecture Award for the outstanding use and installation of copper materials, and FP won the Circle of Safety Award by Pinnacol Assurance for our safety and quality procedures, which included zero recordable injuries.

Fransen Pittman is honored to take home this award and the nomination for Best Building Project Under $10 million for our work on Levitt Pavilion, which included the construction of a community amphitheater that can seat up to 7,5000 concert goers.

Check out some of the fun we had at this great awards banquet!