The future National Western Center campus will source nearly 90 percent of its heating and cooling from an underground sewer pipeline, through an agreement between the National Western Center Authority, and EAS Energy Partners. When complete, the system will be the largest sewer-heat recovery system in North America.

The prime contractor for the design and construction of the district energy system is Campus Energy Constructors, LLC — a design-build joint venture of AECOM Technical Services and Saunders Construction.

The project entails the design and construction of a district heating and cooling system for the new National Western Center campus.

The sewer heat recovery system makes use of an existing 72-inch diameter wastewater infrastructure pipe, called the Delgany Interceptor. The sewer heat recovery system is an innovative technology that heats and cools buildings with recycled thermal energy from nearby pipelines.

The 8,790-square-foot central utility plant (CUP), located near 4700 Packing House Road, is an unoccupied, pre-engineered metal building. The CUP’s mechanical system will pump warm clean water via an underground network of pipes to campus buildings, instead of each building having its own heating and cooling system. All mechanical equipment will be located inside the building except for a cooling tower, transformer, and generator. The CUP also includes a wet well screening system, which ties into the Delgany Interceptor.

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All bidding opportunities are closed.

Note: The Campus Energy project procurement is contracted through the National Western Center Authority, which follows City and County of Denver procurement ordinances. This procurement is not overseen by the City and County of Denver.



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Who is the prime contractor?

The prime contractor for the design and construction of the Campus Energy District is Campus Energy Constructors, LLC (CEC)—a design-build joint venture of AECOM and Saunders Construction. This joint venture partnership uses AECOM’s design expertise and specialist abilities in energy master planning and sewer heat recovery and Saunders’ well-established competence in this type of construction in the Denver area.

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Who is EAS Energy Partners?

EAS Energy Partners is the district energy system developer and National Western Center’s official partner to deliver the system. It includes CenTrio Energy, the largest core-competency district energy provider in North America, AECOM Technical Services Inc., and Denver-based Saunders Construction. EAS is responsible for delivering local district and renewable energy solutions and maintaining their long-term operations and efficiency.

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What is the M/WBE participation goal for the district energy project?

The goal set for this project is 13% for design and 13% for construction.

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Is my firm required to be pre-qualified to submit a proposal?

Yes, CEC will require all trade partners to be pre-qualified for the district energy project. For information on the steps to become pre-qualified, please contact us at sub.prequal@saundersinc.com.

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How do I get on the bid list for the district energy project?

To receive the instructions to bid and latest drawings, please contact Katie Hegarty, CEC project manager, at k.hegarty@saundersinc.com.

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What is the construction schedule for this project?

Construction is anticipated to start in spring 2021 and be complete in spring 2022.

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What are the workforce opportunities?

Campus Energy Constructors keenly understands the workforce development needs facing the construction industry. In partnership with EAS Energy Partners, CEC developed a community engagement plan, that is updated annually, outlining our ongoing commitment to supporting workforce development. CEC are active participants in numerous programs addressing this challenge throughout Denver, including the Denver Construction Careers Pilot program, WORKNOW and Construction Careers Now!, as well as in-house programs.

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I am interested in employment with Campus Energy Constructors. How to I apply?

AECOM and Saunders are currently accepting applications for all listed job openings at the links below. If you do not see a position that interests you, please click here (Saunders) or click here (AECOM) to share your information and résumé to our Talent Communities. Once a position becomes available, you will be notified.

AECOM: https://aecom.jobs/denver/colorado/usa/jobs/

Saunders: https://www.saundersinc.com/join-our-team/current-job-openings/

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Who can I contact for all other questions?

Please contact Katie Hegarty, CEC project manager, at k.hegarty@saundersinc.com for all other questions.

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