United Launch Alliance
DLR Group
Centennial, CO
Project Size
450,000 sf
Core Market
[Pinkard Was] an excellent partner to implement our design and worked close with myself and the rest of the design team to make sure our vision was brought to reality. They also understood the owner’s goals and worked closely with them to make sure they met them.

United Launch Alliance, the nation’s rocket company, provides reliable, cost-effective access to space for U.S. government missions via the Atlas V, Delta II and Delta IV rockets. ULA designs, builds, and launches critically important missions for the Department of Defense, NASA, the National Reconnaissance Office, and other commercial customers. ULA employs more rocket scientists than any company in the world.

United Launch Alliance’s new Centennial Facilities project was 450,000 sf of campus remodels and build-outs to consolidate 1,700 ULA employees into a single, four-building campus. Work in the four buildings was conducted in two phases, and included 420,000 sf of remodels, and 30,000 sf of tenant build-out. Previously, ULA employees worked in nine buildings at three locations across south Metro Denver. The new campus includes three buildings at Panorama Corporate Center in Englewood, and Waterview IV building in Centennial. All four buildings are within walking distance of each other. Scope of work included:

Phase 1

  • Einstein Laboratories Building
    • 34,000 sf of avionics labs with raised flooring build-out
    • 71,000 sf of office space

Phase 2

  • Kepler Technology Building
    • 44,000 sf of office space
  • Newton Engineering Building
    • 168,000 sf of office space
  • Galileo Operations Center
    • 144,000 sf of office
  • Operations Support Center space with raised floor build-out

Fast-Tracked Schedule
Pinkard implemented special strategies to meet the fast tracked schedule, including phased turnover of the labs and offices and extensive pre purchasing of mechanical and electrical equipment, including chillers, roof top units, computer room air conditioners, and light fixtures. Pinkard also fast-tracked subcontracts for access flooring, fire protection, drywall and demolition.

High Security
To work in high security areas within ULA, Pinkard was required to understand and conform to ULA’s highly technical construction requirements regarding:

  • Sound transmission class (STC)–rated partitions
  • Access controls
  • Motion detection
  • Glass-break detection
  • Mechanical ductwork burglar bar installation.

Following installation of these security-related components and subsequent tenant move-in, Pinkard continued to work within these high security areas under high security protocols including badging, security checks, and working under escort.

Phased Occupancy
In two different buildings, Pinkard was able to obtain Certificates of Occupancy for the completed work on the second and third floors to allow ULA early move-in, while Pinkard continued work on the first floors.

Tenant Safety
Pinkard worked with ULA and DLR Group to institute a Communication, Logistics And Safety Plan (CLASP) that outlined and provided contingencies for:

  • Task schedules and sequences
  • Tenant communication
  • Ingress/egress requirements
  • Security issues/accommodations
  • Emergency plans

At all times, Pinkard and DLR collaborated with ULA to maintain the CLASP and ensure that all occupants were aware of the impact (if any) of every task every day.

Testimonial Excerpts
ULA - excellent partner - Jessie Johnson