University of Colorado-Boulder
Location: Boulder, CO
Completed: 2003 -- present
Client: University of Colorado-Boulder
Size: Service and maintenance for 786-acre campus
Turnkey Construction and Maintenance Services Keeps Campus Humming
The University of Colorado at Boulder is the jewel of the University of Colorado system, educating more than 30,000 students on its 786-acre campus at the foot of the Flatiron Mountains. The massive campus is made up of more than 100 buildings including student housing, academic labs and athletic facilities – nearly all of which are maintained with help from Guarantee Electrical.
In 2003, the university called on Guarantee Electrical to complete a simple electrical maintenance project. Impressed with Guarantee’s quality delivery and diverse service offerings, it ultimately extended Guarantee a service and maintenance contract that has lasted nearly one decade.
“We’ve done everything from simple change outs to voice and data installations,” said Guarantee Project Manager Rick Gookin. In addition to facilities maintenance, Guarantee also helps the university’s IT staff manage its data infrastructure. When The Duane Physics Lab experienced a series of black-outs due to an unbalanced electrical grid, Guarantee installed zig-zag transformers to ground the electrical current in high usage areas like computer labs and data facilities. Other notable contributions include:
- Helping the university go green via campus-wide replacement of outdoor lights with energy efficient LED lamps.
- Installing deicing cables in the gutters and along rooflines of taller buildings to deter snow and ice buildups. Melting the snow and ice prevents damage to the roof and improves safety by eliminating falling icicles.
- Upgrading the HVAC system for the press box at Folsom Field – home of the Colorado Buffalos.
While Guarantee electricians are on campus year-round attending to maintenance, the bulk of their work is conducted over summer. “When the students are away, we have a two and one-half month window to complete the equivalent of one year’s worth of work,” Gookin said. “Our crew works overtime to ensure all facilities are ready for the first day of class.”