January 18, 20192 Minutes

As Brinkman Construction continues its strategic growth, the company hasn’t outgrown the “small” projects.

Case in point: the new and improved Fort Collins Visitor Center at 1 Old Town Square. This fast-tracked project began in September and wrapped up less than two short months later with a fully customized build-out for Visit Fort Collins.

In addition to the condensed timeline, Visit Fort Collins completed this project with an extremely limited budget due to the donated time and materials from Brinkman Construction and their trade partners.

“We really felt that Visit Fort Collins was the front door of our community and by contributing to their success, it’s a win-win for all of us,” said Jim Ciesla, President and CEO of Brinkman Construction. “We thought we’d have to sell it to our subcontractors, but they not only came through with donated time and materials, but also mobilized immediately to meet our timeline. It was remarkable.”

The construction company launched a Special Projects Division in 2018 aimed at serving clients like Visit Fort Collins that are in need of tenant finish, renovation and core/shell services. These clients don’t have large-scale construction needs, but they want a high level of service and professionalism.

The new Fort Collins Visitor Center includes a fully customized interior design by VFLA and installations from local makers throughout the space. The focal point of the center is the seven by nine-foot interactive map on the wall created and installed by Reprographics that will be used to guide visitors to their destinations. The shelving, tables and signage throughout the space were also created by local makers including Wool Hat Furniture who utilized wood from the former Hughes Stadium to make the coffee table.

The trade partners included Air Comfort, Commercial Glass, Acoustics & Interiors, Maximum Painting, Masters Flooring, Distinctive Welding, and Merit Electric.

“This really has been quite the journey,” said Visit Fort Collins Director Cynthia Eichler. “We’re proud to have a fresh appearance to greet visitors and a new platform to tell the story of Fort Collins as we see it from the inside out.”