The City of Fort Collins (the City), an hour north of Denver on I-25, is a college town experiencing significant growth. Between seasonal traffic influxes tied to Colorado State University’s school season and its growth in population, some of the City’s roadways and intersections have become congested with traffic. The Horsetooth and College Intersection was noted as one of the busier intersections, as both constituent streets are heavily traveled. During a joint study, the City and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) found that the Average Daily Traffic rate (ADT) for the intersection is approximately 70,000 vehicles per day. Based on the results of this study, they identified the need for additional left turn lanes along northbound and southbound College Avenue, as well as an additional eastbound left turn lane.
The City procured this project as a Construction Manager/General Contract alternative delivery project to select a partner to value-engineer during preconstruction services to minimize construction and schedule impacts while upholding high quality, aesthetic, and safety standards. Wilson & Company provided the final engineering design for the Horsetooth and College intersection and provided consultant support services for the CM/GC process.
As the first CMGC for the City and the first pursuit in the region for Myers, clear narration of the experience of both the firm and proposed personnel was vital. Mission Critical worked with Myers to demonstrate their qualifications as a CMGC partner and qualified constructor. Mission Critical’s writing team worked to create strong parity between the city goals for the project and Myers’ successes and western-region CMGC experience. Our team worked with Myers to vet and develop both the key team members and Subject Matter Experts which were vital to meeting the full scope of the project. Value-added team members included the Lead for Maintenance of Traffic, a Utility Permitting and Clearance Specialist, CMGC Process expert, and Environmental Permitting and Compliance leads.
The City’s strict page limits for the Statement of Qualifications exacerbated the challenge of condensing Myers’ extensive list of qualifications, personnel and firm experience, technical construction qualifications, and CMGC approach best-practices. Myers also had no prior relationship with the procuring entity, which amplified the need to detail their relevant experience. Still, in such a concise proposal document, every word had to count. The page layout and utilization of space were a high priority, and the creation and placement of graphics and visual aids had to be thoughtful and deliberate to communicate the team’s expertise.
Common in our role as Proposal Managers, Mission Critical participated in the team’s site visits and managed drone crews capturing aerial photos of the intersection and adjacent areas. After shortlisting, Myers used these photos for the interview stage of the procurement.
The interview preparation was also managed by Mission Critical to ensure clear, concise conveyance of the team’s abilities and to lay the foundations of partnership with the City.
Mission Critical’s robust work schedule with the Myers’ project team resulted in a win for this Fort Collins CMGC. Myers achieved a final score 3.25% higher than the local and regional competitors in this two-phase procurement, earning them this important contract.
This project continues our success with Myers & Sons Construction and represents the 7th CMGC project win for the collaborative team. This win was exceptionally crucial to Myers establishing a strong presence in the Colorado market.
This project represents a series of “firsts” for the City of Fort Collins and Myers:
- First CMGC procurement for the City of Fort Collins, CO
- Myers’ first alternative delivery pursuit in Colorado
- First CMGC win for Myers’ Castle Rock, CO office
- Myers’ first contract with the City of Fort Collins