Swanson Rink Announces $25,000 Endowed Scholarship

 For 75 years Swanson Rink has focused on providing a positive impact to our employees, our clients, our industry, and our community. This year philanthropic efforts continued with a $25,000 scholarship donation to the CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. This is the fourth endowment fund to CU Boulder from Swanson Rink.  In addition, the engineering firm also donated a special one-time $8,000 scholarship to cover a full semester of tuition for one lucky CU Engineering student.

Based in Denver since 1949, Swanson Rink has grown to become a top consulting firm as ranked by ENR Magazine for both Aviation and Data Center engineering design services. Their commitment to the local community and the future of the industry remains an integral part of the firm’s mission and values. 



Swanson Rink Announces $25,000 Endowed Scholarship

Swanson Rink, a 74-year-old consulting engineering firm based in Denver, Colorado, continues its philanthropic efforts with a $25,000 scholarship donation to the CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

This is the third endowment fund to CU Boulder from Swanson Rink.  “Investing in the engineering talent pipeline is critical to the success of our firm and the engineering industry,” said President, Gary Orazio.

“Having an industry partner who understands the importance of developing future engineers and investing in their success aligns with our college value of educating leaders,” said Dean Keith Molenaar, “When we can remove financial stress from our students, we open pathways for them to achieve their potential. I’m grateful to Swanson Rink for their support of our students – both the ones who are here today, as well as the ones who will matriculate for decades to come.”


Based in Denver since 1949, Swanson Rink has grown to become a top consulting firm as ranked by ENR Magazine for both Aviation and Data Center engineering design services.

San Luis Valley Regional Fuel Farm

Swanson Rink completed another successful fueling project, this time for the San Luis Valley Regional Airport. The fueling design for the installation of two new aviation fuel tanks (one for Jet A and one for AVGAS) helped the airport to comply with State codes and current industry standards. The airport’s transformation makes it a crucial tool for the region, giving the airport the resources to meet the standards of a Class 1 Commercial Service Airport, bringing both improved access and the potential for economic growth.

With more than 50 years of airport fueling system expertise, we engineer for JETA, MOGAS, AVGAS and CNG used for ramp vehicles; and our work has included design for tank farms and hydrant distribution systems as well as truck loading.

Denver Approves $1.3B Great Hall Completion Plan


Earlier this week, Denver City Council approved Denver International Airport’s $1.3 billion proposed plan for the Great Hall Completion, the final phase of the Great Hall Project. DEN will immediately begin design work on the Completion Phase and plans to start construction later this year, with expected completion between spring 2027 and summer 2028, with sections opening along the way.  Approval comes at a crucial time for the project, as DEN will move forward with the design work using personnel already working on the current project, including Swanson Rink!

The Great Hall Completion Phase will include:

  • Improved safety for passengers. An additional new security checkpoint with enhanced technology on the northeast side of Level 6. With the completion of this second checkpoint, both checkpoints on Level 5 will be relocated to Level 6. At the same time, this will enable DEN to add more screening lanes, increasing capacity by more than 60%.
  • Modern and spacious ticketing areas. New check-in areas will be built on the south end of Level 6 for all remaining airlines, not just United, Southwest and Frontier. These modular spaces will provide greater flexibility for airline expansion and other changing needs in the future.
  • Upgraded facility. The project will renovate restrooms and replace flooring, lighting, heating, cooling and fire protection systems and elevators/escalators. These improvements will save DEN approximately $200-250 million in maintenance costs over 10 years.
  • Comfortable spaces to meet and greet travelers. This includes both domestic and international arrivals on Level 5.
  • Developing a pipeline of aviation talent. Building and creating DEN’s Center of Excellence and Equity in Aviation, which will be constructed on Level 4 of the Westin Denver International Airport. The Center will engage, educate, empower, motivate, and provide opportunities for students who are under-represented and young people who are interested in and passionate about careers in aviation. It will help build a future skilled workforce and become a focal point for aviation knowledge and best practices.

Read more about the approval here.

Northern Colorado Regional Airport Reaches 30% Design

rendering courtesy of VFLA

An exciting milestone achievement as the future terminal facility at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport (FNL) reaches 30% design. The 26,000 sf building includes two ticket counters, baggage and security areas, departure lounges, concession stands and airport offices in its first phase, with room to add a second story when needed. Swanson Rink is providing full MEP, Fire Protection, BHS, and Security Screening design for the project. Read more about our aviation services here.

Rendering courtesy: VFLA

Project Opening: New State-of-the-Art Airport Rescue and Firefighting Facility


Swanson Rink is thrilled the new Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Facility at Casper/Natrona County International Airport is online and operational. Our team provided design for the training fuel storage, burner fuel delivery systems, and control system for this 100% diesel fuel ARFF facility.

Today, Casper/Natrona International Airport held a ceremony to dedicate its new $9.3 million state-of-the-art Airport Rescue and Firefighting Facility (ARFF). Casper is among only a few airports in the western U.S. with facilities to train first responders responsible for extinguishing aircraft fires. All commercial airports are required by the Federal Aviation Administration to have trained ARFF personnel on-site and they must receive training annually.

Unlike other recently constructed ARFF facilities, the new Casper facility will continue to employ a diesel fuel system, which is the most similar in character and nature to jet fuel. The fueling systems, designed by Swanson Rink, allow for burns to be customized based on the needs of the first-responder training.  This includes flexibility to adjust for varying amounts of fuel to simulating responses for different zones of the aircraft, from cockpit fires to auxiliary power unit fires in the tail, in addition to providing training opportunities for exterior engine and wheel fires. Learn more about our aviation expertise and services here.


Swanson Rink Ranks Top 15 in Data Center Design

Swanson Rink continues to be a recognized engineering leader in the mission critical industry. We are proud to be included in ENR’s Sourcebook rankings for top data center design firms of 2021.

Engineering News-Record (ENR)—a top news source for the construction, architecture, and engineering industries—has released its annual rankings for engineering, design, and environmental companies according to annual revenue. The rankings—found in the 2021 Engineering News-Record (ENR) annual sourcebook—recognize industry leaders in specific market subsets including data center, airports, sports, highways, retail, and more.

Check out the full article and top lists here.

One Wilshire Upgrade Article

The One Wilshire project is in the news again! Click Here to learn more about this project and Swanson Rink’s role. Our team was proud to be a part of the One Wilshire project and is excited to work with GI partners, Data Aire, and the rest of the project team again!

One Wilshire Case Study Video

In 2015, One Wilshire was considered the most highly connected internet point in the western US, according to Fortune Magazine. Undersea cables allow one-third of Internet traffic from the US to Asia to pass through the building. Check out this video to learn more – One Wilshire Case Study