Keeping construction local |

Keeping construction local

Dear Editor:

In 2010, Aspen Valley Hospital began selecting a general contractor for Phase II of its Master Facilities Plan. Among the many requirements were extensive hospital construction experience; a stellar record of quality, performance and safety; a competitive bid; and a willingness to hire local subcontractors and workers.

Following an extensive review by hospital project managers, our health care architects and the hospital board, we chose Haselden Construction (a Denver-based company). They met all of our requirements and shared the board’s philosophy of supporting local subcontractors, suppliers and vendors. They also recognized the inherent value in hiring local workers.

In fact, 42 percent of the workers on the construction site today live in the Roaring Fork Valley. Another 20 percent live on the Western Slope between Vail and Grand Junction. The remaining 38 percent were hired based on a combination of hospital expertise, excellent references and cost effectiveness. They, too, spend money in our valley on food, gas, lodging and other items.

Unfortunately, some outstanding local subcontractors were not selected because they lacked hospital experience. Building a hospital is specialized, is far more complex than building a home or other facility and has numerous requirements that one would not encounter in other types of work.

In addition to hiring a large percentage of area workers, numerous local businesses have provided goods or services to the hospital’s construction project ranging from trucking companies to building-supply stores, waste management, drywall companies, planners, engineers and landscape architects.

We have found Haselden Construction to be an outstanding partner. The project is on time and within budget. The quality of their work – and the work of the subcontractors they’ve selected – is outstanding. They are meticulous about safety. They have hired local residents as directed. And they have made a significant contribution to the economy of the Aspen area.

We are proud of the fact that local workers, subcontractors and businesses are an integral part of our project’s success.

Dave Ressler

CEO, Aspen Valley Hospital

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