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Denver hires some help to manage GO bond projects

Author: Adam McCoy - December 15, 2017 - Updated: December 15, 2017

Denver plans to hire a little help to manage the dozens of public infrastructure projects slated through the city’s voter-approved $937 million in general obligation bonds.

The city selected Atkins North America Inc. this week to help evaluate the timing of project construction, coordinate with city agencies and track and report the progress of projects.

Denver plans to use the voter-approved GO bonds to fund 69 projects ranging from $13 million in upgrades to the 16th Street Mall to $35.5 million for Denver Art Museum improvements and Denver Central Library renovations totaling $38 million.The first bonds are expected to be issued in mid-2018. Find a full list here.

Denver voters overwhelmingly supported the GO bond measures, with support ranging from 67 to 75 percent on the seven bond packages on the ballot.

“At the highest level, our philosophical approach to program management of the GO Bond is to provide continuity from the Better Denver Bond Program and bring innovation to elevate the program to an even higher level of success,” Ken Hawkins, vice president of Atkins North America, said in a statement.

The city is expected to finalize the terms of a contract with Atkins before the end of the year, with a final consideration by the Denver City Council early next year.

Adam McCoy

Adam McCoy

Adam McCoy covers Denver-area politics for Colorado Politics.