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Turner Collie & Braden returns with Senn, McDonald and Bair

The engineering firm Turner Collie & Braden, which left the Western Slope after the oil shale bust in the early 1980s, has opened a Glenwood Springs office with three familiar faces.Joe Bair is part of the well known Bair family of sheep ranching fame, and he returned to Glenwood Springs in 1977.Kae McDonald has lived in Glenwood Springs for 11 years and served as director of the Frontier Historical Society.Nick Senn has lived in the area for only five years, but has family in the Basalt and Grand Junction area.All three were together at another Glenwood Springs firm before joining Turner Collie & Braden, which specializes in working with municipalities on everything from highways to water treatment plants.”Glenwood Springs is a good hub for work we’ve done in the past, and hopefully for the future,” Senn said. “We’ve worked for Vail, Beaver Creek, Avon, Aspen and Pitkin County. We did two jobs for Glenwood Springs in a year, and Mesa County and Grand Junction occasionally. Glenwood is the hub of all those.”Turner Collie & Braden (TCB) was founded in 1946, and is now a subsidiary of AECOM Technology Corporation, which employs 13,500 people around the world.Senn said TCB wanted to re-establish a presence on the rapidly growing Western Slope. There are many small, niche-oriented engineering firms on the Western Slope, “but sometimes clients like to have companies with bigger resources.”Turner Collie & Braden is getting more involved with “design-build” projects. Senn said design-build is a way to complete projects in the fastest, cheapest way, and is increasingly championed by public sector entities.Basically, design-build differs from traditional design-bid-build contracting by enabling the owner to contract directly with one entity for a full range of design and construction services, rather than separating the design process from the construction process.The Colorado Division of Transportation (CDOT) is using design-build on the billion dollar, T-REX project on the Interstate 25 corridor in Denver, Senn said.CDOT also used design-build on its I-70 Airport East project, which was competed 11 months faster than the 21 months it would have taken with design-bid-build.As for the new staff in Glenwood Springs, Senn and Bair have extensive construction backgrounds. Bair was also a CDOT consultant on several Interstate 70 projects through Glenwood Canyon, including the Hanging Lake tunnel and rest area.McDonald holds a Ph.D. in archaeology, and has a lot of experience with Environmental Impact Statements. Senn said of McDonald, “TCB said this is the kind of person we want to start putting on the front end of our projects.”McDonald is also working on wetland mapping projects.Senn said plans call for TCB to add four staffers at the Glenwood Springs office in the next six months. “We’ll try to draw those people from the area.”Turner Collie & Braden Inc. is located upstairs in the new ReMax building at 1319 Grand Ave. For more information, call 945-5351.

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