Case Studies

Safe Site Utility Field Services

An innovative leader in Colorado's utility services industry

For more than 10 years, Safe Site Utility Field Services has been a leading provider of underground location and subsurface engineering services. With expertise in utility services, Safe Site has helped numerous companies locate and plan for underground utilities, resulting in millions of dollars in savings, reduced property and facility damages and increased job safety. Headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, Safe Site primarily serves the Denver metropolitan area and on occasion, Wyoming and Kansas markets.

Safe Site was founded by Guy “Skip” McIntosh III and Diane McIntosh in 1998. With 32 years of experience in the utility business, Skip is recognized as an expert in the utility locating industry. By 2008, Safe Site had grown by more than 150 percent and in 2013, the company was acquired by the United States Infrastructure Corporation (USIC) and maintained as an engineering division.

A diverse market

Safe Site has completed projects in multiple sectors, including municipal, government and commercial. With a focus in subservice utility engineering (SUE), Safe Site is able to manage certain risks associated with utility mapping at appropriate quality levels, utility coordination, relocation design, relocation cost estimates, and implementation of accommodation policies.

Over the years, Safe Site has accumulated a list of clients that the company has been able to rely on for repeat business. The company currently maintains a SUE contract with Xcel Energy and is also the exclusive utility services contractor in the Denver area for CenturyLink. Safe Site is also known to provide support services to bigger engineering companies for large projects.

Safe Site recently collaborated with ENGlobal, an engineering and construction firm located in Denver. The two firms teamed up to complete the West Main Natural Gas Pipeline Replacement for Excel Energy. A two-year project, West Main was part of Excel Energy’s pipeline integrity management program. The project involved replacing approximately 77 miles of high-pressure transmission pipeline between Westminster, Colorado, and the Wyoming border.

Wes Myers, general manager for Safe Site, says that working for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) provides some of the most rewarding work for the company and its employees. “We go out and do all of the utility locating, survey and vacuum excavation work,” says Myers. “We get to see the actual road get built and all the things that we have worked on actually develop and become something. We all get a lot of satisfaction out of witnessing that.”

Safe Site has signed a three-year contract with CDOT that involves updating the department’s entire mapping system. “We’re actually going to go out and locate all their main lines and then turn around and survey it all in,” says Myers. “This will help them to create a live mapping system that their employees in the field can use.”

With the use of its own equipment, Safe Site maintains the ability to self-perform a majority of its work. Safe Site has the in-house capabilities to provide support to projects of all sizes, including CAD design, professional engineering and utilizing hydro excavators to perform vacuum work.

The soft digging method of hydro excavation allows for quick, clean and precise digging and requires less backfill, labor and restoration. This method is safer and creates less environmental impact than conventional backhoe bucket or excavator methods.

Maintaining a solid reputation

When contractors look to work with a utilities services contractor, Safe Site’s safety record is often the biggest selling point. Since inception, the company has made customer service and safety a priority.  This dedication has paid off as Safe Site is now in its second year without a lost-time incident. “That has really been great for us,” says Myers. “Not only for us as a company and having our employees get home safe every day, but it’s so important for the general contractors and people that are hiring us to know that we create a safe job site for all involved.”

A stellar safety record, coupled with steady growth, is how Safe Site measures success. Myers reports that 2015 has been a successful year for Safe Site, as revenue has already increased more than 30 percent over 2014.

As a relatively small company, Myers says Safe Site makes a valiant effort to maintain a family atmosphere. “Everyone here knows each other very well on a professional level as well as a personal level,” says Myers. “We take a lot of pride in our day-to-day operations of that manner.”

With a consistent upswing in the utilities services market throughout the state of Colorado, Myers looks forward to his company continuing to be a leader in innovation and quality in the industry. “I enjoy being part of something new and witnessing the growth,” he shares. “This is a company that is constantly thinking outside of the box.”

A commitment to safe job sites, professional service and leading knowledge in underground location and subsurface engineering continue to distinguish Safe Site Utility Field Services moving into 2016.

Published on: January 4, 2016

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