BY BOB MIODONSKI
Of CONTRACTOR’s staff
LAKEWOOD, COLO. — Although the warm winter wasn’t welcomed by many contractors around the country, the unseasonable temperatures benefited Natkin Contracting. The Englewood, Colo.-based mechanical contractor has been working on a $6.5 million, 1.7 million sq. ft. Colorado Mills retail project here.
“The weather has been really good, which has helped us with the underground part of the job,” said Scott Krum, Natkin’s project manager. “We’ve done a lot of underground work in each tenant space. The excavation portion totals a half-million dollars.”
When Colorado Mills opens for business on Nov. 14, the mall will have 200 tenants. Anchor stores will include Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Target, Eddie Bauer and possibly a Bass Pro Shop. The mall also will be home to a 16-screen United Artists movie theater, bowling alley and a large food court.
Lakewood, located between downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountain foothills to the west, is the 14th location to have a “Mills”-themed retail development, Krum said. Other Mills sites include Gurnee Mills outside Chicago and Arizona Mills in Tempe.
Natkin, which began its work in July 2001, has the entire mechanical contract for Colorado Mills and expects to get separate contracts for the anchor stores, Krum said. At its peak, the job required 26 plumbers, eight sheet metal workers and an office staff of three.
The mall will have five major bathroom groups, each consisting of one men’s and one women’s room. In addition, Colorado Mills will have three smaller, unisex restrooms.
Natkin will do all the rough-in work and install 200 fixtures – American Standard water closets and lavatories – as well as Halsey-Taylor drinking fountains.
Natkin also installed a 4-in., 8,000-ft. copper loop around the entire building. Each tenant will have its own meter so that it can be charged for its water usage.
Similarly, each tenant will have its own meter to monitor its electrical energy usage. Natkin is installing 220 Carrier electrical HVAC rooftop units as well as the duct drop-downs from the units for the tenants.
“Only 27 of the 220 rooftop units are for the mall itself; those are for the Main Street walkway area,” Krum told CONTRACTOR. “The rest go to the tenants. Each gets its own rooftop unit.”