40-in-40

We celebrated our 40th anniversary is by commemorating 40 projects from over the years that were, and still are, meaningful to us. Presenting Drahota’s 40 in 40!

Chimney Ridge Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado was a monumental project for Drahota. In 1987, it was the company’s first million dollar job and the catalyst that set the wheels in motion for 40 years in business. This townhome development included 24 units in two separate buildings on a steep slope in Breckenridge.

Drahota worked from 1993 – 1998 completing the Club at Storm Meadows, located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The 90,000 SF luxury condominium resort is located just steps away from the lifts at Steamboat Ski Resort, allowing guests a memorable ski-in, ski-out experience and spectacular views of the Yampa Valley. The resort is complete with a Health Club, pool area, and tennis courts.

Drahota was selected in 2010 as the general contractor to manage the $2.6 million addition and interior remodel of the Markley Motors dealership in Fort Collins, CO. The project included a 6,400 SF addition to the building, a remodel of the existing 10,000 SF interior space and lastly, an exterior facade remodel of 2,000 SF on the north end of the building. Markley Motors has been a prominent car dealership in the state for years, and this addition and remodel provided ample space and improvements needed for continued success.

“We have had the pleasure of working with Drahota on two major renovations at Markley Motors. Words cannot describe how wonderful our experience was with not only Terry, but the entire staff! They were extremely friendly and professional and we would definitely recommend them for any remodel or new build project!” -Doug Markley

Drahota has worked on several nationwide projects with Healthsouth; including this 12,000 square foot surgery center with three operating rooms located in Ukiah, CA. Ukiah, a small historical community, is home to the only living Sequoia Tree in the nation. This tree happened to be located on the construction site. Being the tallest tree in the town, contractors were easily directed to the site using the tree as a landmark.

Located in the heart of wine country, the surgery center was built on a vacant lot in the middle of a heavily residential part of town. Therefore, special accommodations were met to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the community. The $1,831,227 medical center was completed in 1996.

Drahota had the opportunity to construct the world class, 20,000 SF Ptarmigan Golf Course Clubhouse located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Drahota worked diligently to ensure that the necessary project details and finishes were top-quality, and to ensure the project was completed on time in 1995.

A key issue Drahota faced during the construction process was housing the HVAC units inside the roof structure. Therefore, a special design element was selected to ensure that the character of the façade was maintained. Although this was not a standard process for construction, it was important to maintain the look and feel of this high end project and to meet the owner’s expectations. This also provided the club’s users a true ambiance of pleasure and comfort.

One of Drahota’s first commercial projects ever completed was the Coldwell Banker Everitt & Williams Office Building located in Fort Collins, CO. Finished it 1998, the project was a great example of Drahota’s ability to complete a 15,000 SF commercial office building in only one year.

Sylvan Dale is a world renowned Dude Ranch located west of Loveland, Colorado. Drahota worked from September 1997 to February 1998 on The Heritage, one of the largest gathering facilities at the ranch. The 8,500 SF lodge has a cozy western theme, complete with vaulted ceilings, hickory floors, a stone fireplace, and large windows and doors that open to an attached porch that looks out to the lake and gardens. In addition, there is a kitchen, game room, offices, and restrooms.

From July 2009 to June 2010, Drahota worked with an enterprising development group to create a multi-use building to help serve the community of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The 33,284 square-foot, 3-story Chieftain Building was designed to blend architecturally with the downtown area and features a combination of intricate, detailed architectural precast components (weighing up to 12,000 pounds) and custom brickwork to present a modern exterior with a historic feel. The plan called for 7 retail stores, 8 office suites, a 2-story restaurant, 2 residential penthouses and a 17-car heated indoor garage.

Drahota provided design/build construction services in conjunction with Vaught Frye Larsen Architects and Boulder Associates for a medical office building located in Laramie, Wyoming. Owned by a consortium of Laramie physicians (LPWC Holdings, LLC), the 28,530 SF medical office building accommodates space for the following: women and children’s care, general surgery offices, family practice and a urology facility.

The Park Hill Apartment development at 4000 Albion Street in Denver will include seven three-story buildings with 24 units each, a large clubhouse with a fitness center, pool and great room. The project is located on the northwest corner of the Park Hill Golf Course and will offer one- and two-bedroom market rate rental units with views of downtown and the golf course. The development is situated in close proximity to the planned light rail stop on Colorado Blvd along the Union Station to DIA line. This development is currently under construction and expected to be completed July 2014.

Drahota worked on the Poudre Fire Station #4 in Fort Collins, Colorado from May 2009 to January 2010. The one-story 15,500 SF. facility with a finished basement is three times the size of the former station with four fire engine bays, living quarters, kitchen, dining area, sleeping quarters, offices, restrooms, exercise area, and a public meeting room/firefighters classroom. The facility is unique as it accommodates two fire companies. This project received LEED Gold certification for the USGBC- United States Green Building Council.

Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Vista Ridge is one of eleven affordable housing projects Drahota has built over the years. The 29,425 SF development in Estes Park consists of 20 units, and took a little more than a year to construct. Vista Ridge is one of six projects Drahota has completed for the Housing Authority of Loveland/Estes Park.

Located in the “heart” of the Steamboat Springs ski area, the Highmark was destined to leave a significant impact on residents and visitors. The completion of the 83,000-sq. ft., $18 million Highmark represents Drahota’s perseverance over a project that challenged the contractor at every turn. Despite the difficulties associated with record snowfall, a change in ownership, and the project’s high-profile nature, Drahota never gave up, going the extra mile to ensure the project lived up to its mission. “Highmark was a very successful project considering the challenges we faced,” states Drahota President Terry Drahota. “Our team was proud to be a part of one of the most exclusive projects to date at the base of the mountain.”

The Winslow Independent Living Facility is part of a multi-building campus located in Fort Collins, Colorado owned by Columbine Health Systems. Construction included a 3-story wood frame building with a 2-story core, totaling 105,110 square feet. The common area offers a kitchen, dining area, entertainment services, a library, hair salon, and administration offices.

Set on 14 acres adjacent to the scenic Blue Heron Lake in Fort Collins, Colorado. This beautifully designed park and family entertainment center offers a playful adventure experience with both indoor and outdoor activities. Fort Fun’s attractions include: a two-story main entertainment center, party room, 2 Mini-Golf Courses, ¼ mile Go-Kart Track, Multi-level, state of the art Laser Tag arena, Indoor Bumper Cars, Air Hockey Tables, Mini-Bowling, Video Arcade, and Batting Cages.

Lemay Avenue Health and Rehab is a long-term health care facility owned by Columbine Health Systems and is the fourth project that Drahota has completed for Columbine. The 2-story building is 79,420 square-feet, includes 131 beds and is located at 4824 S. Lemay Avenue in Fort Collins.

The facility features an Alzheimer’s wing and bariatric services, other amenities include: private and shared rooms; rehabilitation areas; a sports bar; a hair salon; dining rooms; commercial kitchen for on-site meals; computer room for patients; a kitchen where patients can participate in cooking classes; outside areas for patients to gather and an employee computer training room.

Columbine Health Systems is a locally owned and operated health care organization located in Northern Colorado.

The project for the College of Law at the University of Wyoming consisted of 7,274 square-foot building addition and remodel. The exterior emulates the look and feel of the existing building with cast concrete wall panels with masonry stone infill. The interior renovations include the Large Moot Court, Small Moot Court, adjacent conference area and hallways. The University received the equivalent of a US Green Building Council Silver Certification for the project.

Drahota worked with this established dealership to expand their growing inventory by building two new buildings at the Centerra Motorplex in Loveland. Both the new Chevrolet Dealership at 34,535 SF and the Subaru Dealership at over 15,000 SF totaled $7.1M and were completed by Drahota in eight months.

The nationally acclaimed Haymaker Golf Course is set in Steamboat Springs, CO and rivals the most expensive private clubs in the area, as well as other municipal courses.  A great deal of time and detail was spent crafting the pro shop, full-service restaurant, and great room to complete the 15,000 SF golf clubhouse.

Skyline Center for Health is not a typical surgical center with its bold design and modern, sleek appearance inside and out. Drahota built the 80,000SF facility which offers a pleasant environment for patients who need surgical procedures and imaging services, and includes a variety of outpatient surgery, endoscopy, medical imaging, MRI, community urgent care, pediatric services, laboratory space, a full-service pharmacy, overnight patient beds, and physician offices.

This remote mountain lodge in Steamboat Springs, comprised of challenging architecture design and detail, was a signature building for the ownership and the Drahota team.Custom light fixtures were shipped in from out-of-state, floor finishes were completed using stained concrete with wood inlays, and the fireplace masonry was all excavated on site. Some of the masonry weighed as much as one ton and took an entire day to set just one stone. Twigs and branches from Aspen trees created some of the final touches to the doors and cabinets. Drahota broke ground on the project and delivered the building nine months later for a grand opening on New Year’s Eve.

The owner had specific scheduling needs that had to be met from an operational standpoint for the hospital and Drahota was heavily involved during preconstruction and construction, which allowed the project to finish ahead of schedule.

Drahota worked with doctors, nurses and the hospital facilities team to maintain limited disturbance, which was instrumental to the success of this project. “Using Drahota’s talent and knowledge both in communication and problem solving during all phases of construction was key,” said Dave Cottle, Director, Poudre Valley Health System.

Drahota has completed four building and tenant finish projects for Associates in Family Medicine. The Richmond medical office building located at 3519 Richmond in Fort Collins has a warm residential feel. This facility has two large waiting areas, a laboratory, minor surgery room, an x-ray room and 10-15 exam rooms. The 1st floor serves as home to an urgent care facility with additional offices on the 2nd floor. The basement is a fully finished space with carefully placed windows to maximize natural light for the laboratory facility and offices.

Mariana Butte is a premier, 18-hole course that borders the Big Thompson River in Loveland, Colorado. Located at 701 North Clubhouse Drive, this one-story clubhouse includes a full service pro shop, a full service restaurant with a commercial kitchen, dining areas, restrooms and patio.

This new construction consisted of the removal of the existing modular clubhouse and the construction of the new single-story, 11,492 SF golf course clubhouse. Drahota’s construction phasing allowed Mariana Butte to remain fully operational during construction.

Rangeview III is McWhinney’s first LEED Silver certified project, built by Drahota and completed in the fall of 2007. The four story 61,000 square-foot commercial office building in Loveland is the second Rangeview project built by Drahota.

The project focused on all areas of the LEED certification program, including sustainable sites (bicycle storage, changing rooms, storm water quality, maximizing open space, light pollution reduction); water efficiency (landscaping, low usage fixtures); energy and atmosphere (energy performance, refrigerant management); materials and resources (recycling program, recycled content materials, use of regional materials); and indoor air quality (use of low-emitting materials, thermal comfort design, and maximizing daylight and views).

The Timbers community in Fort Collins includes 176 units in 22 eight-unit buildings. The $19M project was built in four phases by Drahota. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom, for sale units were designed in the Colorado craftsman style. Other elements of the project included one-car detached garages and a 2,600 SF clubhouse.

Sundance Professional Centre is a 20,000-square-foot LEED Gold medical office building in Loveland, CO. This project was the first LEED Gold medical office building in Loveland. Key design considerations that were incorporated into this project to earn LEED gold certification included: day lighting, water use reduction, LEED Accredited Professional team members, solar photovoltaic panel system, alternative transportation, reduction of landscape irrigation, an Eco-Space elevator and diverting 84% of construction waste to recycling instead of the landfill.

The Stryker Corporate Offices and Art Gallery project was a interior and exterior remodel of an existing 6,100 SF commercial office space in Fort Collins. This historical building needed to be brought up to current code, including the installation of the fire protection system and additional structural components, with a full-scale addition of office space.

The Lodge at Miramont is the capstone of the residential development at Miramont in Fort Collins. The project, built for Markel Homes by Drahota, includes for 108 units, including three – 3-story 12-plex condominiums with log and stone exteriors as well as a community building, park pavilion and water feature.

This 60,000 square foot health and rehab building, located on the main campus of Columbine Health Systems, serves as an interim care facility for patients leaving the hospital and transitioning back home. This 90-bed facility is one of few rehab centers in the area to offer a full service amenities.

The project provided a unique challenge to the construction team with the addition of a state-of-the-art patient lift system in all 90 patient rooms. This advanced system allows for patient security and mobility in multiple directions anywhere in their room. Because the lift system addition was an afterthought during construction, it had to be phased in through extensive retrofit without delaying the completion date.

Drahota constructed the North Court condominiums as part of the Holiday neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado. The project includes 12 buildings and 77 units, of which 33 were designated affordable, and was built in compliance with the City of Boulder’s Green Points Program. This program emphasizes conservation of natural resources by utilizing recycled materials and recycling materials on-site. Care was taken in each step of the building process to utilize environmentally-friendly materials as well as energy and water efficient fixtures.

Drahota completed the construction of an 11,000 square-foot addition and remodel project at the Eye Center of Northern Colorado’s Fort Collins location at 1725 E. Prospect Road while keeping the facility fully operational during construction by phasing the necessary work and working closely with the staff.

The eye center was originally built by Drahota in 1997. The new addition was designed to enhance and expand office and lab space. It includes new exam rooms and an additional surgery room for the growing local eye care center. With the completion of the project, the facility now has two state-of-the-art surgery centers as well as a laser room where Lasik surgeries are performed.

Highlands is a church camp and retreat center in Allenspark, Colorado and is operated by the Presbytery of Plains and Peaks and the Presbytery of Denver. This $5M facility built by Drahota is a two-story wood structure with a full basement that sits on 285 acres with access to the Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky Mountain national Park. It consists of a full service kitchen, dining hall and 24 guest rooms that include 105 beds. The center, as well as the dining and meeting rooms, look out to the spectacular view of Mt. Meeker.

This commercial office building, built by Drahota, is four stories and 49,552 square feet and is home to Bank of Colorado and several other tenants. The building was developed by Everitt MacMillan Development. It is located on the northeast side of the 2534 development on the southeast corner of I-25 and Highway 34 in Johnstown, Colorado.

Harmony is a 644-acre private golf community located in Timnath, Colorado, developed by Byron Collins. Drahota built the 6,300-square-foot Harmony Golf Clubhouse as well as the 10,000-square-foot maintenance facility. Roughly half of the center is dedicated to the CSU golf team.

Drahota just completed the 62,400-square-foot Columbine Commons Health & Rehab and Assisted Living Facility for Columbine Health Systems. The $11M facility includes a 30-bed, one-story skilled nursing wing combined with a 60-room, two-story assisted living wing. Future plans include development of the nine acres to the east with independent living and patio homes. This is the ninth project Drahota has completed for Columbine Health Systems.

Drahota built this affordable housing project for the Estes Park Housing Authority. The $3.3M project totals 54,000 SF with 44 units, designed by Aller Lingle Massey Architects.

Trailhead Lodge is a centerpiece of the 47-acre Wildhorse Meadows residential resort community located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The $43M 90-unit lodge is one of Steamboat Springs’ high profile real estate developments.

Drahota was chosen as the general contractor based on the expertise of building in mountain locations and experience with high-end residential projects.

Alta Vita is a $5.6M 56-unit senior living facility in Longmont, CO. The project consists of three buildings: memory care, services building, and skilled nursing & rehabilitation.

Highland Park apartments is a mixed-used project in Denver recently completed by Drahota. This urban infill development includes a four-story, mixed-use building with 126 rental units: 115 one-and two-bedroom units and 11 efficiency units, all anchored by CorePower Yoga’s headquarters. The project includes HUD apartments, two yoga studios, an underground parking garage and demolition of existing buildings with a goal of LEED Platinum.