Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center

Aurora, Colorado

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A short distance from Denver International Airport, you will find the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center. Set on 85 acres, with 2 million square feet of conference and hotel space, the Gaylord Rockies is the state’s largest combined hotel and convention center. It is one of the largest projects ever built in Aurora and one of the largest hospitality projects to break ground in 2016 in the United States. Nearly 10,000 construction employees were needed over the course of the two-year project.


CTL | Thompson was hired to manage groundwork and foundations for the initial construction phase. The Scope involved providing compaction testing and drilled pier observation and inspection. But when heavy trucks carrying concrete for the caisson foundations sank into the ground instead of delivering their payload, general contractor Mortenson Construction called on CTL’s materials testing and design experience and added “design access road” to CTL’s scope of work.   


CTL recognized that the combination of the area’s extreme weather conditions, the makeup of the soil, the size of the equipment and the traffic created by the 10,000 employees required for the job was just too much for the road to withstand.  To shore up the ground below the temporary pavement, CTL recommended a feasible solution that has proven reliable for soils found below permanent roads: chemical stabilization. The technique mixes lime and cement with on-site soils to create a firm, stable base for asphalt.  Chemical stabilization helps to compact soil, alter the behavior of clay soils, aid in water drainage and keep dust down, all crucial factors to consider as work carries on through distinct Colorado seasons.


In a project of this size and complexity, the seemingly inconsequential access road became a major player in completing construction on time and under budget.

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