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CEAS Alumni Visit with Members of ASCE on Current Projects with S.A. Miro, Inc.

September 25, 2013

Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Two graduates of the M.S. in Civil and Architectural Engineering program recently visited campus to make a presentation to students and faculty at the monthly American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) meeting.  Both Chad Mitchell and Tyler Robison are now employed with S.A. Miro, Inc. at their headquarters located in Denver, CO.  The company has additional headquarters located in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

S.A. Miro, Inc. is a national leading civil engineering and structural engineering consulting firm with a presence that continues to expand around the globe.   The company boasts itself as being the industry leader in Building Information Modeling (BIM).  BIM allows the company to focus more on the architecture and engineering and less on drafting and CAD drawing management.  Miro currently designs all of their projects in 3D BIM technology while maintaining the ability to convert all of the drawings in 2D AutoCAD if necessary. 

Chad Mitchell began the presentation by briefly describing a number of projects that the company has been involved with including: Denver Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Denver, CO, Medical Center of the Rockies, Loveland, CO, The Children’s Hospital East Tower Addition, Aurora, CO, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, CA, King Palm Tower – MBZ, Abu Dhabi, UAE, and the Al Zaabi Villa, Khalifa City ‘B’, Abu Dhabi, UAE, to name a few.

Chad was an integral member of the S.A. Miro team that worked on the Denver Veterans Administration Medical Center.  The site is located on 31 acres adjacent to the University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center.  The campus is comprised of 14 unique structures, all fully modeled (architecture, structure, and MEP) in Revit BIM.  All of the buildings were subjected to the VA’s Physical Security requirements and have been designed for blast loading and progressive collapse mitigation.  The build-out of the facility has provided 1.4 million square feet of hospital, clinical, emergency, and nursing home care for America’s veterans. 

Tyler Robison completed the presentation describing his involvement with the work on the canopies for the DIA South Terminal Redevelopment Program.  This $540 million project has been funded by the City and County of Denver with an expected completion in 2016.  The project includes the construction of a 500-room Westin hotel and conference center, an RTD FastTracks commuter rail station, and improvements to the existing concourse baggage and train systems.  S.A. Miro is the Engineer of Record for both the transit center and the hotel.  The train station, plaza, and hotel will form a highly integrated and dynamic complex located directly south of and adjacent to the existing main terminal.  The expansion was created with future growth in mind, while additionally adding to the contemporary aesthetic associated with DIA's original design.  

Photo (clockwise): CAE Department Head, Dr. Dick Schmidt, Tyler Robison, Chad Mitchell, Dr. David Mukai


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