December
2020
ISSUE 
No. 22
Ditesco Newsletter
 
 As another year draws to a close, it offers time for reflection and pause. From my perspective, while 2020 has been filled with many challenges, it has been a time for change, growth, and opportunity. At Ditesco, we are honored to work on impactful projects with people dedicated to collectively making a difference to our communities. These projects not only bring potable water to homes, but they also create a sense of place, provide training and education, upgrade infrastructure, shelter animals, support mental health, and create identity across Northern Colorado.
 
Humanity has been tested this year. And I believe that through purpose and leadership we will be better; better in life, better in treating one another, better in stewardship.
 
I see a very bright future for Ditesco, our clients, and industry partners. Our investment in the places we live, work, and play continues to make Northern Colorado one of the best places in America. For us, 2021 will bring our 15th anniversary, a host of transformative projects, and, for me, an opportunity to work with the very best team in the industry.
 
It is with much gratitude and appreciation that I close this message. I look forward to seeing everyone in 2021! Have a great holiday season!






Keith Meyer, P.E.




Soldier Canyon Filter Plant 15 MGD Expansion


Since the groundbreaking of the Soldier Canyon Filter Plant Expansion  project in June of 2019, there has been tremendous progress on the site. We have had the pleasure of being involved with this project since the planning stages, but we also continue to provide construction management services in partnership with Garney Construction and Stantec throughout the construction process.
 
This project team is hard at work expanding the plant's capacity by an additional 15 MGD for a total capacity of 60 MGD! This expansion includes the installation of additional flocculation/sedimentation basins, disinfection processes, a chlorine contact tank, and solids handling facilities. This quarter alone, the team at Solider Canyon has reached major milestones that we are extremely proud of. 

Above, you can see the last precast panel
s being installed for the flocculation/sedimentation building, concluding construction on the building shell. The team also finished the structural cast-in-place concrete construction for the decant pond, CCT, and the soda-ash structures. In addition to completing structural concrete, Garney also set the new Soda Ash Silo. 
 
Currently, the pre-engineered metal building erection for the chemical building is underway and the 42" Horsetooth raw waterline installation is nearly complete. Since the project broke ground, this team has made substantial progress and we cannot wait to see the project completion this summer



37th Street Overlay


After only eight months of planning, design, and construction, the City of Evans 37th Street Overlay project is almost complete! This project included reconstruction and resurfacing of 37th Street from 23rd Avenue to Highway 85 and from east of Highway 85 to the Union Pacific railroad tracks. 
 
Ditesco provided professional engineering services during the pre-design phase of the project and monitored the engineering quality throughout the project design progression. 
 
By the start of December, the team was already two weeks ahead of schedule, with all concrete and asphalt road work completed! Finishing ahead of a very tight schedule with long hours put in by the contractor, the City of Evans, and Ditesco, the work has been completed and 37th Street is now open to the traveling public. 




Boyd Lake Water Treatment Plant

Ditesco started working with the City of Greeley in 2019 to help with construction management services for the Boyd Lake Water Treatment Plant. Our team has been a part of this project from the design phase and will be working on it throughout construction.

As of October, the Boyd Lake liquid oxygen storage (LOX) and lake aeration system installation were completed. This aeration system installation included 9,000' of supply piping and 3,000' of aeration piping in the deepest part of the southern half of Boyd lake.  This installation will improve the lake water quality and  higher quality water for Greeley residents. The LOX storage and lake aeration system are a small component of the phased improvements project at the Boyd Lake Filter Plant over the 5-year construction period. 
 
In November, the construction for the second phase of the project began. During this phase, Ditesco will assist in the construction of a new chemical feed building in addition to the work on the structural concrete. The structural concrete work is expected to be complete by the end of January and ready for building erection in February of 2021.


Congratulations to Jenna, J.J. and Kelsey for passing their P.E. exams!

Our team is so proud of all of your hard work to achieve this milestone and all you do for Ditesco.
We are excited to continue to watch your careers develop and grow!

Jenna Beairsto
Project Engineer

Jenna has worked with Ditesco for over four years and has played an integral role in the management and oversight of multiple projects across all phases of development, from design to the final warranty period. Jenna has worked on
projects ranging from public spaces, to roads, and waster/wastewater treatment
plants. She is currently the associate project manager for the Soldier Canyon Filter Plant 15 MGD Expansion project. On top of her work last year, Jenna was selected to participate in Leadership Fort Collins, a program committed to shaping the future of the Fort Collins community.
J.J. Brunelle
Project Engineer

JJ is a civil engineer who has worked at Ditesco
for over three years. He has experience working
on water, wastewater, utility, and transportation projects making him a well-rounded and versatile
engineer.  JJ's emphasis on providing quality work and sound solutions in a timely manner has made him a valued member of the Ditesco team. City of Thornton's pipeline project has kept him busy this past year assisting the City with their new raw water pipeline installation.
He is also a Colorado State University alumni and loves supporting the college football season!





Kelsey Petersen
Project Engineer

Kelsey is an associate project manager with over seven years of experience in the construction industry. Kelsey's ability extends from providing oversight of multiple projects across all phases of development, from design to the final warranty period. Her talent for managing project schedules, resources, and budget, creates a reduction in risk to her overall projects, making her an indispensable member of any project.  Currently, she is working with the Windsor DDA on their alley improvement project and with the Fort Collins DDA on the Linden Street revamp project. When she's not busy at work, she is spending time with her rescue dog, Tater!
40 Under 40 Business Achievement Awards



This past quarter, our very own Senior Business Manager, Crystal Bidwell, was recognized as one of forty emerging business leaders in Northern Colorado! The 40 Under Forty award is given to those who are making a mark on their community through professional success and volunteer activities. 

Crystal plays an active role in our community and is involved in multiple associations. At the moment, she is part of Change Leadership inspired by Leadership Fort Collins, and Leadership Northern Colorado. Both associations are focused on educating and motivating leaders within the community to create a positive impact on the vision for the region's future.

"...to leave the world a better place, to know even one life has breathed easier because of you have lived..." ~R. Emerson

This is the motivation Crystal uses when dedicating her time and believes it can help shape our actions and commitment to community stewardship.

Congratulations Crystal!  

We hope you enjoyed our newsletter. If you have any questions, comments, or news to share, please feel free to reach out to us.
 
Thanks for reading!
 
The Ditesco Team
 
  
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