Hensel Phelps and the Denver Justice Center


This is a unique case study delivered from the Project Engineer’s perspective as he worked in support of the Superintendent and field team.


What: Hensel Phelps Denver Justice Center
How: Use the form at the bottom of the page to download the archived webinar


Join Hensel Phelps as they walk us through the Denver Justice Center project, a $285M GMP involving over 780,000 gsf of courtrooms and detention facilities. This complex project, including public spaces, a parking garage, and underground tunnels, incorporated over $40M of concrete.


Using BIM capabilities and software tools, the Hensel Phelps team was able to generate the quantities and estimates for all of the self-performed concrete work and generate their lift drawings. They were also able to compare flowline scheduling to traditional methods.


For example, the Hensel Phelps team worked to provide a report to the Owner that detailed every single concrete element – its quantities, its estimate, and its production rate. This “Concrete Book” provided the necessary transparency to help the Owner understand the complexity of the concrete work, as well as cement trust (pun intended) between the GC, the Subs, and the Owner.



With the concrete modeling, lift drawings, estimating, and scheduling completed, the Hensel Phelps team was able to work with the sub-contractors who were also generating their trade models. Once combined and compared as parallel models, the team could perform coordination and identify system clashes.


Two important distinctions should be made for this Fridays with Vico webinar:

 • This project was not performed as an isolated pre-construction effort. Picking up the ball from the January 16th webinar, Bringing BIM to the Field with Trimble and Vico, this case study describes a parallel process. This webinar describes the Project Engineer’s point of view as he worked with the model in the trailer, supporting the Superintendent and field crews.
 • This project highlights the gamut of BIM: starting with 2D lift drawings generated from the 3D model, moving to model-based scheduling (4D), and progressing to the model-based estimate (5D) utilizing the construction quantities.


All in all, the team remarked at the wide breadth of software tools on the market to help manage the virtual construction process. The benefits of which surpassed their goals for ROI and greatly simplified their collaboration and communication with their subcontractors.


Hear first-hand what they’ve learned through their 5D virtual construction experiences. Use the form at the bottom of the page to download this special Project Engineer perspective case study.


Additional Information

If you are interested in learning more about planning, scheduling, and controlling your next project, be sure to check out the following resources:

Webinar: BIM 401 - Model-Based Estimating

Webinar: Scheduling Strategies in a Hard Bid

Webinar: Introduction to LBMS and LPS

Webinar: Utilizing Location Breakdown Structures

Webinar: Planning AND Controlling Your Construction Schedule

Training: Vico Video Training Series for Schedulers

Paper: What Is 4D BIM

Blog: Klorman Demonstration of Vico

Blog: Fit and Finnish


About Hensel Phelps

Since 1937, Hensel Phelps Construction Co. (Hensel Phelps) has delivered the best value in building services by placing expert construction professionals on every project undertaken. Hensel Phelps is consistently ranked among the top general contractors and construction managers in the nation by ENR (Engineering News Record).


At its annual awards ceremony on November 21, the Associated General Contractors of Colorado (AGC/C) delivered five coveted project honors to Hensel Phelps—a 100% recognition of the projects submitted for consideration:

 • The Brigade and Battalion Headquarters project at Fort Carson, Colorado.
 • The Rocky Mountain Regional Biocontainment Laboratory at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado
 • A major expansion of McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado
 • The Skyport Concessions project at Denver International Airport
 • Rebuilding the Windmill Child Enrichment Center in the tornado-ravaged community of Windsor, Colorado with donated Hensel Phelps manpower, clean-up services, fee waivers, landscaping, and other humanitarian considerations


What: Hensel Phelps Denver Justice Center
How: Use the form at the bottom of the page to download the archived webinar.


See highlights of this Fridays with Vico episode on the video clip below. If the content is meaningful to you and your BIM Team, please use the form at the bottom of the page to download the entire webinar file.



System Requirements
PC-based attendees:
Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista
Macintosh®-based attendees:
Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer



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Trimble and Vico - Bringing BIM to the Field

January 16, 2009


Webcor Builders and the Model Progression Specification

December 19, 2008


St. Joseph's Mission Hospital Virtual Mock-Up Case Study

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Vico's Win the Deal Bundle

November 7, 2008


Vico for Concrete: Lift Drawings and More

Oct 17, 2008


Vico 101: An Introductory Webinar for Virtual Construction

Oct 13, 2008


Virtual Construction with the PCL Family of Companies

Sept 25, 2008


Orchestrating BIM the Vico Way

August 15, 2008 




Hensel Phelps Case Study