Mortenson Celebrates Trade Partners at 15th Annual STAR Awards
Star Awards

We simply could not accomplish our purpose of building structures and facilities for the advancement of modern society or our mission to create an exceptional customer experience without our trade partners. They are integral to the success of our business, and 15 years ago, we created the STAR Awards to recognize their outstanding contributions to our projects and to building our communities.

We are fortunate to work throughout the year with a diverse group of partners our projects who set themselves apart by going above and beyond for their team members and in service of our projects. At Mortenson, we believe in acknowledging a job well done, and we encourage our team members to shout out the exemplary work of our trade partners when they see it by nominating them for a STAR Award. This year’s STAR Awards were held Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 at Mile High Station in Denver. 

A huge thank-you to everyone that made it out for the festivities! Below is the full list of categories and winners, along with a bit from their nominators about what set their project contributions apart. We are proud to work with companies like this that share our commitment to reimagining what’s possible on each and every job. 

Safety Winner: Quality Steel, nominated for 76 Commerce Center – Building 4. 
Quality Steel operated flawlessly on one of the highest-risk activities with zero incidents while still producing at a high level. They bought in to our Safety-foucsed culture 100% and it showed in every step of the project.

Preconstruction Winner: Element13, nominated for all projects by our Estimating department. 
During pre-construction, Element13, embodies service. They help budget any size projects, understand the project inside out, and help educate and bring great ideas to the table to make sure the job is done right.

Quality Winner: ACC Mountain West, nominated for Central Park. 
To quote the nominator, "ACC Mountain West provided the highest quality site concrete work that I have seen in 40 years of construction, every bit of which was done by ACC concrete crews, led by Luis Guiterrez.” 

Innovation Winner: Suntec, nominated for 76 Commerce. 
Suntec Concrete definitely has tilt-up buildings down to a science. Everything they do is well thought out- there is a reason for the way they operate, and they are always looking for ways to improve. From their pre-fab work to layout, sequencing and staging to crew size and make-up, they are structured for highly productive, systematic work. 

Lean (5S)Winner: Murphy Company, nominated for CoorsTek.
Murphy Company continued to excel in the 5S department on CoorsTek. With three years of implementation on site, their crew was fully bought in and you could see that each of them cared about their workspace, efficiency and maintaining a high standard for incoming trades. 

Teamwork Winner: Adams Electric, nominated for St. Mary Corwin Alternative Care Facility. 
As a part of our design-build team, Adams Electric were instrumental in devising design solutions and developing the plan to complete the work for the emergency COVID hospital ward. Their attention to detail and the direct engagement of their company leadership was a key component to the successful completion of this very challenging project.  

Small Business Winner: Progressive Drywall, nominated for 76 Commerce Center – Building 4. This is the type of relationship we want with all our trade partners, a good working relationship where we look out for each other’s interests and success. Every TI project they worked on with us was safely performed following all of Mortenson's protocols, always beating schedule, and always with a clean and well-organized operation. 

Project Manager

Winner: Casey Corbin with Legacy Mechanical Stoltz renovations 
Casey worked with Mortenson on all stages of the Stoltz projects from Precon to punch, and he exemplifies what we look for from office supports to the field – from proactive communication to quick pricing and solutions. He remains professional in high-pressure scenarios and we were so grateful to have his leadership on the team.

Winner: Riley Levy with CFA National Jewish
The contributions from CFA in proactive management played a large role in completing the structure for COH two weeks ahead of schedule. Riley was communicative and flexible in coming up with solutions to always keep the project running smoothly, always completed tasks and requests in a timely manner and was supportive to needs around change.


Winner: Mike Redell with Murphy Company CoorsTek 
Mike leads quietly but assertively, and continues to thrive as he has climbed the ranks as a leader at Murphy Company. He interacts well with customers and his team, and is always communicative and committed to delivering quality – even in high-pressure situations. 

Winner: Tim Patrick with KONE National Jewish. 
Tim has been an invaluable resource to our team. Through the various challenges we were faced with, Tim has set the team up for success with his knowledge, ability to help plan ahead and keep his team safe while continuing to meet the schedule. 

Committed Business PartnerWinner: Encore Electric, nominated for St. Dominic’s. 
Encore is a true team player that goes above and beyond the scope of work to ensure their services encompasses the whole project and not just the electrical portion.  

Quiet CompetenceWinner: Ammex Masonry, nominated for National Jewish. 
Ammex has been a consistence and reliable presence on the job from the very beginning. From timely responses through the pre-con, and submittal phase to beneficial design suggestions and attention to detail, Ammex has provided the expertise and teamwork necessary to lead our projects to a successful completion.

Overall Subcontractor Winner: Extreme Fire Protection, nominated for Emily Griffith Hotel Redevelopment and St. Dominic’s. 
Extreme is one of those trade partners that comes into the project, gets their work done, finds solutions along the way, has no excuses, and completes their work to a high level of quality.

Congrats to our winners! We are so thankful for all of our trade partners and look forward to growing and continuing those essential relationships.