Avago Technologies’ Expansion Project Reaches New Heights: Design-Build Team of Mazzetti, JE Dunn Construction, BURKETTDESIGN, and Martin/Martin Helped Avago Achieve Major Milestone


Avago Technologies’ 192,372-square-foot west annex expansion project has achieved a major milestone.  Over 200 field workers and representatives from the design-build project team of JE Dunn Construction, Mazzetti, BURKETTDESIGN, and Martin/Martin along with Avago personnel, celebrated the topping out of the core and shell structure late last month.  Topping out signifies the placement of the last piece of structural steel and recognizes the project’s significant safety achievement of 185 days without a lost time accident.

“This project has represented design-build at its best,” shares Kevin Brettmann, vice president for JE Dunn Construction. “The project’s fast paced schedule demanded a highly collaborative approach and we’re fortunate to have a team that integrates so seamlessly.”

Unique to this facility, that will ultimately house clean room and MEP support space, is its cheese slab elevated deck. Comprised of 16 inch holes situated every 24 inches on square, the design of this structure facilitates the “clean” environment required for Avago’s manufacturing process.  This clean environment is maintained by the massive amount of airflow which is filtered through HEPA filters on a continuous cycle.

“A major goal of this project was to integrate detailing and fabrication into the design process to facilitate prefabrication and drive innovation and speed into the design with our MEP trade partners.  Pull planning and a PPC log was used to plan and help the team communicate with facility engineering leads to ensure needs of the project were delivered on time and on budget.  It is an honor to work with a great group of design, owner and contractor partners to deliver this exciting project,” said Phil Gioia, principal for Mazzetti.

“This team has accomplished next to the impossible.  It takes an incredibly talented team and a well-integrated approach to produce a project of this quality and complexity in this timeframe.   It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Avago and everyone on the design-build team,” said Michele Ponicsan principal at BURKETTDESIGN.

Avago Technologies is a leading designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of analog, mixed signal and optoelectronics components and subsystems with a focus in III-V compound semiconductor design and processing. Backed by an extensive portfolio of intellectual property, Avago products serve three primary target markets: wireless communications, wired infrastructure, and industrial and other. Avago has a global employee presence and heritage of technical innovation dating back 50 years to its Hewlett-Packard roots. www.avagotech.com.

JE Dunn Construction Company is a nationally ranked general building contractor by Engineering News Record.  JE Dunn established its Colorado presence in 1983 and is a premier provider for preconstruction and construction services with a specific focus on commercial, healthcare, science and technology, mission critical and higher education.  With 20 offices in 14 states, JE Dunn strives to be the best client centered building partner in the United States in its pursuit of building perfection. www.jedunn.com

Mazzetti’s mission is to make the world a better place by creating better environments. Using foursight, Mazzetti brings client visions to life with an integrated four-lens approach to engineering: research and policy, planning, finance and project delivery. The firm builds innovative solutions, reliable buildings and sustainable environments throughout healthcare, mission critical, science and technology, higher education, and other markets. As an employee-owned benefit corporation, Mazzetti’s positive impact spans 20 countries around the globe, with over 50 years of service in the industry. On each project, the firm integrates the best of current processes and technologies with localized community needs and resource constraints, to deliver lasting design. Mazzetti has offices in San Francisco, Irvine, and Sacramento, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Nashville, Tenn.; Denver, Colo.; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, La.; and Houston, Tex.

BURKETTDESIGN is a Denver-based architecture and interior design firm, with projects in 25 U.S. states as well as overseas. Long term relationships, collaboration and great design are our trademark. We have worked diligently to become a regional and national firm known for putting our clients’ needs foremost in creating great projects. It is our philosophy of collaboration combined with creativity that is responsible for our repeat client list and award-winning designs. www.burkettdesign.com

Martin/Martin, Inc. is a nationally recognized leader in civil and structural engineering design for high-tech manufacturing, data centers, research laboratories and telecommunication facilities, including all aspects of infrastructure / site design considerations, design phasing, innovative and sustainable engineering, and future campus planning. Martin/Martin and its predecessor firms have been continuously providing civil and structural engineering services from Colorado to clients across the country and around the world for over 50 years. martinmartin.com

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