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Educating Engineering Students with PVC

CD Specialty Contractors recently teamed up with Ute Plumbing and Heating to design a mechanical room that could serve as a tutorial for Western Colorado University’s engineering students. The room consists of over 15,000 feet of insulated pipes, each jacketed with various colors to differentiate their unique purpose. This project was intended to help educate up and coming engineering students and will be used as a tutorial for the university. Read more on the project, published by Johns Manville, below:

CD Specialty Contractors Recognized for Innovative Scaffolding on Gaylord Rockies Resort Project

Local industrial and commercial scaffolding company wins two national awards for complex staging on massive scale

Scaffolding is often an unrecognized backbone of the construction industry, and yet many ancient wonders of the world and modern day skyscrapers would not exist without the creative utilization of temporary scaffold structures. This past month, the Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) announced the recipients of its annual project awards at the President’s Gala held in New Orleans. Denver-based CD Specialty Contractors won the Supported Scaffold Project of the Year Award and Innovation Award, both for its work on the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, Colo.

The awards showcase CD Specialty Contractors’ innovative and creative approach to tackling a project of immense scale. The company was tasked with erecting 2.5 million pounds of scaffolding along 1.9 million square feet of lodging, retail, commercial and convention space. The complex undertaking of the scaffold erection was unique in that general contractor, Mortensen/WELBRO, required all scaffolding to be erected at one time and kept in place until each trade was complete. The challenge was further compounded by the building’s design, which features a steeply-pitched roof of 37 degrees. This meant that CD Specialty Contractors enlisted and collaborated with Golden-based Crimson Engineering to design a custom peak mounting bracket to evenly distribute the weight of the scaffolding over the steeply-pitched roof.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by SAIA in the categories of Innovation and Support Scaffold Project of the Year,” commented Israel Sanchez, vice president of operations. “Our experienced team at CD Specialty Contractors collaborated for more than 20 months on this massive endeavor. The custom-built attachment system was a unique challenge which our team overcame through innovative engineering and design.”

CD Specialty Contractors has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. The company’s total revenue has more than doubled in the past four years to $26 million in 2018, with scaffolding accounting for nearly fifty percent of its total revenue. The company is currently working on commercial and industrial scaffolding and insulation projects throughout the Rocky Mountain Region, including the AMLI Riverfront Park and restoration of the historic Mercantile building in Denver.

About CD Specialty Contractors
CD Specialty Contractors is one of the leading industrial and commercial insulation and scaffolding contractors in the nation, providing mechanical insulation, scaffolding, and other services spanning numerous industries. Industrial projects include refineries, petrochemical, pipelines and terminal, power plants, mines, and renewable energy installations. Commercial projects encompass hospitality, food processing, government, institutional, commercial, health care, manufacturing, and transportation. The company is known for its commitment to safety and service and has offices in Commerce City, Colorado, and Castle Rock, Colorado. For more information, visit or find them on Facebook and LinkedIn.

About SAIA
The Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) is a non-profit trade 501(c)(6) association committed to raising the standards of professionalism within the scaffold and access industry. The SAIA represents all facets of the scaffold and access industry through various councils that include, aerial work platform, construction hoist, fall protection equipment, international, industrial, mast climbing, plank and platform, shoring, supported scaffold and suspended scaffold. Through its various programs, the SAIA promotes safety, training and a highly professional, responsible image of the scaffold and access professional. The SAIA delivers thousands of safety training programs a year at various locations throughout the world. These programs cover all aspects of scaffold and access safety and equipment use. The SAIA is also the secretariat for the American National Standard, SAIA ASC A92 and A11 standards. For more information, call 816 595.4860 or visit

CD Supports Habitat for Humanity

CD Specialty Contractors supported Habitat for Humanity for a second year in a row. CD provided scaffolding for students from Poudre High School’s Geometry in Construction class to use to build a safe and affordable home for a local family in Fort Collins, Colorado.

What Our Customers Are Saying

At CD Specialty Contractors, we’re not happy until our customers are happy. Here’s what some of our recent customers have said:

“CD was able to accommodate our changes, maintain professionalism, adhere to all safety standards, and deliver requested results within the scheduled deadline. CD was accurate on the cost estimates for the original job as well as the several changes we needed to add over the course of the project. I highly recommend CD Specialty Contractors without reservation.” – Senior Engineer of Rocky Mountain Power and Dave Johnson Power Plant, Glenrock, WY

“[The CD team] did a very good job without any problems. You have good-quality people. Thank you for the efforts, we appreciate it!” – Maintenance Planner at Dave Johnson Power Plant, Glenrock, WY

“I just want to express my appreciation for the efforts that your scaffolding team went through to complete the service that was needed. Very professional.” – Superintendent of Miller Coors emergency scaffold project, Golden, CO

“We rarely work with a subcontractor as good as CD. [They] have been progressional and organized every day. We appreciated the crew…it has really been a breath of fresh air for us.” – Athletic Director of Regis Jesuit High School Boys Division, Aurora, CO


CD Completed Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center

CD Specialty Contractors, one of the leading industrial commercial scaffolding and insulation contractors in the nation, provided the mechanical insulation and systems scaffolding for the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in Denver. CD erected more than 1.5 million pounds of scaffolding to provide construction workers and subcontractors complete access to the exterior of the building.

The hotel and convention center, which opens on December 18, 2018, offers more than 1.9 million square feet of hotel, retail, commercial and convention facilities; 1,500 hotel rooms; nine restaurants and bars; and a 75-foot-tall glass atrium facing the Rocky Mountains. The project was the largest hotel construction project in North America and created more than 10,000 construction jobs for Colorado. Upon completion, it is expected to attract more than 450,000 net new visitors to the state each year and it’s estimated economic impact is projected to be $7 billion.

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CD completes 2017 outage at PacifiCorp Dave Johnston plant without incident. Insulation, Insulation Blankets and Scaffolding and Asbestos Abatement.