Case Study:

Fox Iron Works
Multi-Family   ||   Office   ||   Healthcare
Scope of Services:
A fully integrated project delivery method that unites owner, design partner and MPC earlier in the design process.

Case StudY:

Fox Iron Works
Multi-Family   ||   Office   ||   Healthcare
Scope of Services:
A fully integrated project delivery method that unites owner, design partner and MPC earlier in the design process.
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The right team and process leads to a meaningful and efficient mixed-use property.

The Overview

Our partners for the Fox Iron Works project (RangeWater Real Estate and Craine Architecture) expressed frustration with the traditional design-bid-build process that tends to involve high stress and lack of coordination, which inevitably leads to missed deadlines and escalating budgets. They were ready to join us in a new project delivery method that involved early and ongoing collaboration – optimizing the project upfront, developing teams, and integrating trade partners. We call this the United Project approach.

The spirit and benefits of MPC’s United Project approach have been apparent in the Fox Iron Works multi-family development in the Fox Island neighborhood of Denver. Thanks to this project development process, construction is progressing on schedule, with minimal change orders, cost overruns, or other complications

The Stats

LOCATION:  Denver, Colorado
DESCRIPTION: 2.2 million sq. ft.; multi-family development; 386 residential units; parking garage
DEVELOPER:  RangeWater Real Estate
ARCHITECT: Craine Architecture

United Project Progress

The Challenge


Project Profitability RangeWater came to us in 2020 with a site, a vision, a timetable, and a proforma budget. We loved the concept and wanted to ensure the project would ultimately meet RangeWater’s financial goals.

Ambitious Timeline RangeWater needed to meet an ambitious timeframe to satisfy their own stakeholders. Getting the architectural drawings done quickly was a critical concern.

Team Alignment Due to the ambitious financial and timeline goals, choosing the right design and contracting partners was critical.

The Solution

Nail the concept.

We suggested 11 fundamental changes (including issues related to materials, corridor layout, and pre-cast options) that would significantly reduce costs while still maintaining the design and aesthetic intent. Thanks to the incremental investment of time at this stage (lasting three months compared to the one-month industry average), we not only improved the budget, but we were able to accelerate the subsequent phases – including design, documentation, and construction.
Team Development.
We and RangeWater agreed that Craine Architecture would be an ideal design partner for this project. They seamlessly joined the effort and were generous in their input and gracious in accepting supportive suggestions. They, too, believed in the benefits of having all partners engage in every step of the United Project process.

Trade Partner Integration & Insights Part 1: OAC + DM.

Owner Architect & Contractor (OAC) check-in meetings are an industry standard. We took this a step further to initiate and run Design Meetings with Craine Architecture to take a deep dive into value-added design enhancements.

Trade Partner Integration & Insights Part 2: Bringing in Trade Partners.

To improve efficiency, we engaged the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and precast trade partners to review plans and explore design-build enhancements. We also obtained their drawings up front in order to expedite the development of the overall plan drawings.



Thanks to the United Project approach and the willingness of the project partners to work as a team, the Fox Iron Works project is on track for completion on time and under budget. We have already documented a 16.6% reduction in construction costs compared to original estimates.

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“MPC is a very transparent, honest and open general contractor. Every project has its challenges, but MPC feeds us real-time information (both positive and negative) so that we are in the loop. This allows us to plan how we are going to keep the project on time and on budget.” Trent Connor Managing Director, Greystar