No. 23

Ditesco Newsletter
“Sometimes we can only find our true direction when we let the wind of change carry us.” - Mimi Novac

Over the last year, the winds of change created by the COVID-19 pandemic have certainly changed or impacted how we handle our business, but it has not thrown us off course! During this time of isolation and social distancing, we have been very fortunate to be able to continue to do what we love to do - build successful projects with a tremendous and safe effort put forth by all of our employees and clients! 

Spring is a time for renewal, and my hope for the coming year is that we can renew our commitment and relationships and work just a little more closely with all of our existing and new clients.

Henry Ford stated, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." As the trees start to grow, new leaves and flowers begin to bloom. Please take the time to enjoy the spring renewal and take pride in that we all successfully stayed the course over a very difficult time!
George Latour, CCM
Senior Construction Manager
City of Loveland 29th Street 5 MG Tank

Ditesco is currently managing construction of a new 5.5 million gallon post-tensioned water storage tank in Loveland, CO. Our team has provided resident engineering and inspection services since July 2020 with an anticipated completion date in June of this year!

This type of tank construction requires steel strands to be run through the floor slab, walls, and lid after the concrete has been placed and post-tensioned with a hydraulic ram to increase compression and concrete strength. By utilizing this design method, not only can the amount of concrete used be minimized, but it allows for the walls to be thinner without compromising strength.

Since the use of post-tensioning is not common in our daily operations, it has provided an excellent learning opportunity. While tank work was ongoing, our team provided training opportunities for some of the new team members, including our spring interns. These trainings discussed the post-tensioning process, advantages to this type of construction, and why the process was used for this water storage tank. 
City of Greeley Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Facility (WTRF) Nitrification Project Phase II

In mid-March, the project for improvements to the City of Greeley Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Facility kicked off. Ditesco is providing full-time resident engineering and construction management throughout the construction phase of the project. Our team will work closely with the City of Greeley, Garney Construction, and Carollo Engineers on the facility upgrades over the next two and a half years.

The project improvements were designed to help meet the facility's regulatory requirements and provide greater operational control of the wastewater treatment process. The upgrades include two new selector basins, a new aeration basin, mixed liquor return pumps, RAS pump upgrades, chemical feed system additions, and SCADA control upgrades to existing aeration basins. The completion of this project is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2023, so look forward to some exciting progress updates within the next few issues of our quarterly newsletter!
Ditesco has been a part of some exciting projects that have recently been featured in the local media. Click the images below to read more about the Thornton Water Project and the Northern Colorado Law Enforcement Training Center (NCLETC).
Construction of Thornton Pipeline is underway in Windsor and Johnstown

Pamela Johnson from the Loveland Reporter-Herald recently visited the site to learn more about the Thornton Water Project progression in Northern Colorado. From the history of how the project got started in the 1980's to the current plans for the 75-mile-long pipeline, the article provides an in-depth description to update Northern Colorado residents on what's happening near them. Although this segment of the project is expected to finish in May of 2021, the $428 million project is forecasted to be completed in 2025.
Northern Colorado Law Enforcement Training Center opens in Loveland, aims to improve police training

The Northern Colorado Law Enforcement Training Center (NCLETC) was featured in the Loveland Reporter-Herald by Austin Fleskes. The $18.5 million project was completed and is already in use by Loveland and Fort Collins law enforcement. The opening of the 43-acre facility included the indoor shooting range, a 1.25-mile speed track, conference spaces and classrooms. The training center provides a high-physical testing environment that will provide training opportunities for not only the Loveland and Fort Collins police, but other law enforcement agencies and private sector individuals in the future!
Matt Jardine
Construction Manager

Alma Mater
Colorado State University

Current Project
Thornton Water Project

What is your favorite thing about working at Ditesco? 
I really like being on the owner's side of the construction project.

What made you want to go into construction management?
I grew up with my dad being a mechanical engineer and then a Mechanical project manager. I liked how he was part of building structures and followed in his footsteps.

Fun Fact
I enjoy big game hunting and make an annual trip for Elk, hoping someday to try for a moose in Montana.
Kendall Hettel
Project Engineer

Alma Mater
Colorado State University

Current Project
Loveland Pulse Broadband

What is your favorite thing about working at Ditesco? 
The culture of improvement.

What made you want to go into engineering?
I enjoy being physically involved with the projects I am working on, being able to see the progress gives me a great sense of satisfaction.

Fun Fact
I've swam in Jellyfish Lake three times.
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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