Case Studies

Mariposa Redevelopment – Milender White Construction Co.

Proving the Third Phase is a Charm

The Denver Housing Authority (DHA) is working to redevelop an area formerly known as South Lincoln Homes. The Mariposa redevelopment project will offer 270 public housing units on 15 acres of land in the La Alma and Lincoln Park neighborhood. Milender White Construction Co. (MWCC) is currently working as the general contractor for the third phase of the Mariposa redevelopment project.

Paul Koch, senior project manager for MWCC, reports Mariposa’s third phase includes a four-story, 87-unit housing complex. MWCC is the design-builder of the 130,000-square-foot space, where the team is partnering with DHA to obtain LEED Gold certification for the Mariposa project.

The project’s concrete underground parking structure and frame was complete as of January 2013, which, according to Koch, puts Mariposa at approximately 25-percent complete. Mariposa’s next steps include the wood framing of residential units and the completion of commercial spaces.

“We’re looking at creative ways to increase framing production, while maintaining safety and quality,” says Koch. “The housing authority has a critical tax credit deadline so the overall construction schedule is vital to the successful completion of the project.”

MWCC took the tight schedule into consideration when selecting subcontractors. “On many projects, we self-perform all the concrete work. However, with the volume of projects we have ongoing, our crews are not currently available to self-perform the concrete or framing work on this project.”

According to Koch, MWCC has hired a network of subcontractors to complete all the building trades. Since MWCC was the general contractor on the first phase of the Mariposa project, Koch indicated the company selected a group of subcontractors with an excellent performance history. “We’re working with reputable, safe contractors that we’ve worked with in the past,” he says.

Green for Gold

Being involved in both the first and third phases of Mariposa speaks volumes to MWCC’s reputation and the long-standing relationships with its clients like DHA. MWCC’s first project with DHA was over 12 years ago, and the two companies have been working together ever since.

In addition to establishing secure relationships with subcontractors and clients alike, MWCC is always looking to achieve more than what is expected. Koch proudly states that the entire Mariposa project will reach about 50-percent energy cost savings relative to American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards. ASHRAE’s mission is to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

Specific measures MWCC is taking to ensure ASHRAE’s standards and LEED certification is achieved include net-zero townhomes, reduced carbon emission impact, Energy Star-rated light fixtures and appliances, energy monitoring systems, photovoltaic solar array, grey-water reuse system, low flow plumbing fixtures and the use of high recycled content materials.

Performing work across Colorado and in 18 other states, MWCC is a full-service general contractor and design builder. The company employs more than 40 LEED Accredited Professionals to assist in meeting sustainable built environments for clients.

Additionally, the company has built and managed over 40 megawatts of solar installations for both distributed generation and utility scale solar projects. MWCC’s client list includes: the city of Denver, Denver Public Schools, San Diego Public Schools, the University of California Davis, Pacific Gas and Electric and Tucson Electric Power.

Weathering Seasons

Of course, MWCC does not rest on its laurels. The company is able to work in a variety of settings, as the team at MWCC has vast experience. MWCC prides itself on being able to achieve success when completing an array of projects, including: high-rise, historic preservation and restoration projects, as well as multifamily residential buildings, military housing, affordable housing, renewable energy projects, high-tech, telecommunications, hospitality, industrial, education, municipal, office, structured parking, recreation and retail.

The team’s array of skills allows MWCC to weather the current economic climate. However, that is not the only climate in which the team must weather. Typically, Colorado is a sunny state with temperatures that don’t stay frigid for long. Koch expresses crews worked throughout the winter months, sometimes dealing with 10-degree weather; however, for the most part, temperatures hovered around 40 degrees. Of course, Koch admits March can be a snowy month for the Denver area, and he didn’t expect the roof to be in place until late April.

On average, Koch oversees two or three jobs at a time depending on the size and complexity. He’s worked with MWCC for 10 years and has seen the economy change greatly in the construction industry. “I think the Denver economy and multifamily housing construction market has turned around,” he says.

The third phase of the Mariposa redevelopment in which Milender White Construction Co. is involved in fits right into the area’s latest trend. While this particular residential building will be turned over in November 2013, the Denver Housing Authority expects the entire redevelopment to be complete sometime in 2016.

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