Aurora, CO

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
New Inpatient Tower 

Our team kept costs in line with the original budget as this project dealt with worldwide material and equipment price increases and shortages.

Trautman team member installing HVAC equipment at the UCHealth Anschutz Tower 3

Value Delivered

This project began in the face of worldwide issues with material availability and uncertain local labor availability. 

Our team leveraged strategic partnerships throughout the course of construction to maintain pricing on materials and equipment through the COVID-19 pandemic supply chain disruptions. 

Trautman & Shreve succeeded in helping to deliver the project with minimal impacts to the construction schedule and without burdening UCHealth with material escalation costs.

Client Objectives

UCHealth constructed a new inpatient tower on the west side of the existing hospital to meet growing patient demand.


We installed complete mechanical and plumbing systems, including:

  • 567,000 CFM of conditioned air, supplied by hydronic heat/chilled water 
  • Multiple snow melt zones

Notable project achievements include:

  • Improved energy efficiency through hydronic heat recovery
  • Off-site construction of bathrooms in collaborative “pods,” which were delivered and set in place as the building was ready 
  • Medical head walls were similarly built off-site in a collaborative manner with other trades 
  • Showcased our expertise in working in active hospitals with MOP’s, shutdowns, and system-specific certifications
  • Successfully organized, stored, scheduled, and delivered materials on a “just in time” basis on a zero adjacent laydown site

Client Background

UCHealth is a Colorado-based nonprofit health system. UCHealth consists of 14 acute-care hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus is its academic anchor and the only adult medical center in the region.