News & Events
Aspen Art Museum wins an Excellence Award from ACEC Colorado
The ACEC Colorado Engineering Excellence Awards annually recognizes outstanding achievements within the consulting engineering community.
The Breckenridge Brewery and Farm House Restaurant wins a Merit Award.
You can read more about the winning projects, and watch short videos on these projects here.
KL&A Earns Another Best Firms Award
KL&A is justifiably proud of our engineering accomplishments, but we are equally proud of the strength of our culture, and believe that the two are closely related. In that light, we are pleased to announce that we have been recognized for the 10th year in a row as one of the best structural engineering firms to work for in the nation. Nine of those years we were in the top 10, and one in the top 3. People that enjoy coming to work, are passionate about it, and feel appreciated do great work.
KL&A, Inc. Merges with REI Structural to Create Top Colorado Engineering Firm Under the Name KL&A, Inc.
Merger will provide broad expertise in both public and private construction projects
Golden, COLO. (June 15, 2015) – KL&A is excited to announce its merger with another well-established Colorado structural engineering firm, REI Structural. Both firms bring to the union a long, successful history in Colorado, and similar cultures of innovation, integration and responsiveness.
The two firms will operate as one organization under the KL&A name while maintaining REI Structural’s office and staff at 1875 Lawrence St. in downtown Denver. With the goal of continuing work in all offices uninterrupted, the new KL&A will have a total of five offices – Denver, Golden, Loveland and Carbondale, Colo., and Buffalo, Wyo.– and more than 70 employees. Staff includes 52 structural engineers, designers and interns (29 of which are licensed as PE or SE), 10 detailers and drafters, and four construction managers.
Principals Doug Rutledge and Brant Lahnert of KL&A and Bob Redwine of REI have been working together as active members of the Colorado branch of the Lean Construction Institute since 2012. During this time they realized that the corporate culture of the two firms were extremely well aligned and that a merger would require very little in the way of adjustment for either party or their clients’.
“We are looking forward to the combined energy of the two firms working as one, especially in concert with local architectural and construction professionals to bring seamless and efficient processes to bear on architecturally significant projects for forward thinking owners,” said Greg Kingsley and Bob Redwine jointly.
Founded in 1994, KL&A has broad experience in many projects including both public and private construction for offices, schools, residences – both single and multi-family – as well as healthcare, museums, performing arts, and mountain resorts. Started in 1983, REI has a similar broad background, but also brings special expertise in higher education facilities and recreation centers that broaden the collective resume. Both firms pride themselves on their reputation of active and creative collaboration with architects.
Past projects from both firms have included the CSU Engineering II Building in Fort Collins, One Steamboat Place in Steamboat Springs, Copper Base One at Copper Mountain, the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center in Dickinson, ND, and the Colorado College Tuft Science Center in Colorado Springs. Currently, KL&A is designing the Metro State Aerospace Building in Denver and providing steel construction services for the CU Athletic Facility in Boulder.
KL&A is well known for its unique integrated design and steel construction services, delivering economical design together with at-risk construction management, fabrication and erection. KL&A has been delivering turnkey design and construction since its inception and was an early adopter of BIM technology, using both Revit and SDS/2 to streamline the design and detailing process. KL&A has successfully managed over $80M in steel construction contracts to date.
Similarly, REI Structural has been a recognized leader in Tekla BIM modeling and detailing since 2010, including concrete reinforcing and steel. REI has also been actively using and promoting Lean and Integrated Delivery practices for the past 3 years. Together as KL&A Structural Engineers and Builders, both teams will maintain and integrate these multiple platforms and practices to be able to serve a wider variety of clients seeking vertically integrated design, construction management, detailing, fabrication and erection.
KL&A is a Rocky Mountain Region-based company of structural designers, steel detailers, and builders. Founded in 1994 and merged with REI Structural in 2015, KL&A has five office throughout Colorado and Wyoming specializing in high-quality engineering and integrated design. KL&A has been recognized as one of the top ten structural engineering firms to work for in the nation seven times.
NIST Tech Brief 9- Seismic Design of Special Reinforced Masonry Shear Walls
Dr. Gregory Kingsley was lead author on the just released design guide for reinforced masonry shear walls published by NIST.
Wood Design & Building 2014 Wood Awards
Having worked with many talented clients on some wonderful wood buildings for years, recognition in the Wood Design and Building awards has eluded us until this year when we have two projects in the mix: The Aspen Art Museum by Shigeru Ban, and the Home Ranch by Carney Logan Burke Architects. Congrats to both on beautiful public work.
2014 - KL&A CELEBRATES 20 YEARS!
KL&A has been providing design and construction services since 1994. In 1994, KL&A embarked on our first projects in Wyoming and Colorado for Carney Logan Burke and Harry Teague Architects. We are proud to say that those two clients are still working with us regularly and helped us become the company we are today. Since then our projects have ranged from the Laurance Rockefellar Preserve Center in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming to the Great Platte River Road Monument in Kearney, Nebraska to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. We are proud to have worked on outstanding projects with exceptional clients through the years and are looking forward to our next twenty years!
The original piece of art is a stunning new feature of the Nature Plaza outside of the new wing of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Sculpted of faceted "crystals" suspended overhead above visitors and a wide arc of glass-textured pavement. The overall effect works together to refract light and create a prismatic experience inspired by the museum's gems and minerals. To see it in person visit the Denver Museum of Nature & Science Morgridge Family Exploration Center.
The construction of the new Aspen Art Museum is in full swing. This unique structure features a latticed wood truss exo-structure encasing a glass cube. Currently the glass skylights are in the process of being installed on the trussed wood cube and the frame for the glass floor is being installed. To find out more, visit our Aspen Art Museum project page or check out the Aspen Art Museum New Building website, which features the time lapse videos of the project.
(Aspen Art Museum Photos - Upper: Greg Kingsley observing construction the first layer of the trussed wood exo-structure, Bottom: A construction worker taking a break in the one of the middle layers of the wood truss)