Beers With Engineers
Wednesday, November 8
Wednesday, December 13
Rogers Liquid Oasis at the Edgewater Public Market
NSPE-CO is hosting a monthly happy hour to meet and interact with other NSPE-CO members. We'll provide some appetizers from the many food vendors at Edgewater Public Market. Beers (or other drinks) are available for purchase.
Beers With Engineers is a monthly happy hour (the second Wednesday of the month) from 5-7pm at Edgewater Public Market, 5505 W. 20th Avenue (20th and Depew) just four blocks west of Sheridan Blvd. There is easy highway access to Sheridan Blvd from both I-70 and 6th Avenue.
There is ample free parking. Rogers Liquid Oasis is to the right inside the main entrance. We'll be there from 5 to 7pm. Call NSPE-CO at (303) 480-1160 if you have any difficulty finding us!
No registration or RSVP required.





Past Events

NSPE-CO Dinner Meeting:  CDOT and the Floyd Hill Project 

Wednesday, September 27th NSPE-CO's Central Chapter hosted dinner and a presentation from CDOT on the I-70 Floyd Hill Project!
The I-70 Floyd Hill Project will address the deficient infrastructure and improve travel time reliability, safety, and mobility along 7 miles of I-70 from west of Evergreen in the Floyd Hill area through the Veterans Memorial Tunnels to the eastern edge of Idaho Springs.
Major elements of the Project include adding a third westbound travel lane on I-70, constructing a missing frontage road connection, adding an eastbound auxiliary lane to the uphill section of Floyd Hill, improving interchanges and intersections, improving design speeds and stopping sight distance on horizontal curves, improving the Clear Creek Greenway trail, and implementing environmental mitigation for wildlife connectivity, air and water quality, stream conditions, and recreation. The Project addresses critical infrastructure deficiencies, including replacing one of the worst-rated bridges in the state.

Our Presenters:

Tammy Heffron, I-70 Floyd Hill Structures Lead

has been designing and managing bridge projects for 28 years; the past 19 of which have been with HDR where she is a vice president and their Central Region Bridge Leader. Currently, she is serving as the Structures Lead for the I-70 Floyd Hill Project, with over 10,000 feet of bridges and three miles of retaining walls. Tammy has led ACEC national honor award-winning CM/GC projects such as the Point Bonita Lighthouse Bridge in San Francisco and the I-70 EB PPSL project in Colorado. She earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University and master’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University.

Matt Hogan. I-70 Floyd Hill Project Manager

has more than 20 years’ experience constructing and managing highway and bridge projects across the country, the last 18 years of which have been with Kraemer North America. He currently is serving has Kraemer’s Project Manager for the I-70 Floyd Hill Project, leading constructability, risk, cost, and schedule analysis. Matt has led 10 CMGC projects for Kraemer in Colorado and Utah, including the I-70 Twin Tunnels expansion project from 2012 to 2015. Matt began his career with Kraemer leading concrete work on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, bascule spans in Washington DC. He earned his bachelor’s in civil engineering and master’s in business administration degrees from the University of Kentucky.

Kurt Kionka, CDOT Floyd Hill Project Director

is responsible for leading the delivery of the I-70 Floyd Hill to Veterans Memorial Tunnels Project. This 7 mile stretch of I-70 is one of the most congested locations on the I-70 Mountain Corridor and is heavily impacted by adverse weather conditions.

Kurt brings over 20 years of multi-discipline CDOT experience to the project. Kurt started his career with CDOT in 2003 as a student intern completing public outreach for the I-70 East EIS and has since worked on numerous large complex projects including recently leading the US36 Emergency Rebuild.  

Kurt is a Colorado native and currently lives in Arvada with his wife and two kids. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Colorado State University in 2003.  


Denver Water Northwater Treatment Plant Tour


Thank you to everyone that joined us for the Northwater Tour on June 22nd, 2023.   Thanks also to our hosts, Denver Water and their construction partners.  Denver Water is building a new, state-of-the-art drinking water facility on a 183-acre
site next to Ralston Reservoir, north of Golden in Jefferson County.  Above, an artist rendering of the facility.
The Northwater Treatment Plant will be capable of treating up to 75 million gallons
of water a day when it is operational in 2024. The new facility provides critical
updates to an aging 80-year-old system that is reaching the end of its lifespan.