Construction Jobs Stay Strong in Denver Metro Area

denver construction jobs increaseAcross the country, two-thirds of construction contractors can not find qualified workers. The Denver metro area is the exception, placing in the top 10 out of 339 metro areas in the country for construction jobs added in the past year, says Ken Simonson of Associated General Contractors of America. According to the contractor group, the Denver metro area added 3,600 construction jobs between February 2013 and February 2014.

Denver Summer Construction Projects

Summer in Denver means construction projects are taking place all over. Sam’s Hauling is well equipped to supply construction workers and contractors with the necessary equipment to complete jobs in a timely manner. We have 3 distribution centers to efficiently deliver dumpsters to the greater Denver area, including Boulder and Longmont.

Contractor Dumpster Rental Advantages

We understand what it’s like for contractors to need high quality construction equipment at a low cost. This keeps overhead pricing down and enables them to pay their employees living wages. Which is why we offer NUMEROUS DISCOUNTS and OFFERS for construction companies and contractors. Some of these advantages include:

  1. Rolling discounts to repeat customers
  2. Extended set times and grace periods
  3. Invoiced billing after credit approval

As always, Sam’s Hauling provides timely pickup and delivery of all dumpsters and TUBS. For questions or additional information, please call: 303-984-7200.

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Easy Load Dumpster Rental in Denver

Denver dumpster rental sizesWhat makes Sam’s dumpsters so popular among Denver residents? We think it could be the easy load door. Every Sam’s dumpster rental includes a vertical container with a hinged door at the front. This feature is beneficial for residents and contractors on the job alike.

Advantages of Easy Load Door

  • walk-in access to inside of container
  • no need to lift heavy objects into the air
  • easy to sort items for recycling or reuse

Sam’s dumpsters are designed for ease of use and maximum efficiency. The vertical design allows the dumpster to be placed almost anywhere while occupying a small space. Stepping inside the dumpster allows for more efficient stacking and sorting of unwanted items.

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Denver CO Natural Gas Phenomenon

Sam's-US EIASince 2007 there has been a natural gas boom in Colorado and especially the greater Denver area. This also includes Boulder and other surrounding areas. Here are some quick facts about natural gas in CO:

  • Average household energy costs in Colorado ($1,551 per year) are 23 percent less than the national average, primarily due to historically lower natural gas prices in the state.
  • From 2007 to 2012, crude oil production in Colorado rose 89% and marketed natural gas production rose 38%.
  • In 2013, 64% of the electricity generated in Colorado came from coal, 20% from natural gas, and 17% from renewable energy resources.
  • December 2013 forecast from the Leeds School of Business ranked Colorado in the top five fastest growing states economically, spurred strongly by energy production.

What is Hydraulic Fracturing?

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Much of the boom has been due to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” According to Encana, fracking is “a controlled operation that pumps water, sand and additives (fracturing fluids) into the wellbore and down the casing/tubing under high pressure; as the mixture is forced out through perforations in the wellbore into the surrounding shale rock, the pressure causes the shale to fracture, allowing the natural gas to flow into the reservoirs.”

Benefits and Drawbacks of Fracking

While the industry, and certainly the need, for natural gas has been growing, so has the knowledge level and understanding of the general public. There are many in the public, and private, sectors that are not so willing to give fracking the green light. Many areas in Colorado and Denver especially are currently debating over the allowance of fracking. In a nutshell, here are some of the arguments for and against:

Pros:

  • creates jobs and revenue
  • more sustainable energy source-can convert to LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas)
  • cleaner burning-reduced air emissions
  • cheaper prices-abundant
  • increasing education and knowledge -If the attendance numbers at the Colorado School of Mines are any indication, natural gas and oil production are bringing Denver and Colorado to the forefront. Undergraduate enrollment has increased 2,000% over the last 10 years to accommodate the influx of students.

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Cons:

  • damage to environment-water supplies, chemicals leaked
  • unsightly disturbances -walls built in neighborhoods to deter drill site and sound
  • unknown factors -unanticipated/unknown damage to environment, people, animals

While these do not seem to be as tangible as the Pros, it is the ever-present feeling of the unknown that has people worried, and rightly so. Although fracking has been done in the US for quite some time, there are still a number of potential hazards that could eventually cancel out the benefits.

Renewables and Natural Gas: Competition or Collaboration?

Natural gas does not have to be an all or nothing venture. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) states that “natural gas and renewable energy each contribute to economic growth, energy independence, and carbon mitigation, sometimes independently and sometimes together. New technologies, policies, and practices are emerging that may allow businesses to consider these energy sources as more ‘bankable’ partners.

Natural gas and renewables can be key elements of system-level solutions that stand to transform the national energy landscape. Much of the current discourse considers renewables and natural gas in isolation or concentrates on the competitive impacts of one on the other.”

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Abundant Denver Parks Fun for Local Residents

denver co parkDenver parks offer numerous opportunities for family fun, exercise or an escape from “city life.” In a new park ranking index, Denver ranks 7th out of 60 cities. This is a 10 spot improvement from last year’s rank.

ParkScore Ranking Index

Major factors for the index include: park access, park size, city acreage used for parks, and percentage of residents within 10-minute walk of a park. Roughly 84 percent of Denver residents live a half mile or closer to a park.

Denver Park Statistics:

  • Park acreage: 6,100 acres
  • Percentage of city area: 8.2 %
  • Largest/Most-visited: City Park, 314 acres
  • Median park size: 6.3 acres
  • Spending per resident: $124.89

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Meeting Colorado Renewable Energy Standards is Inexpensive

denver co renewable energy solar panelsA Denver Post blog details a study to examine the cost effectiveness of meeting the renewable energy standards set in Colorado. The joint study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) concludes that meeting the standards is inexpensive. This is especially true when prices are compared to other states.

Cost of Renewable Energy

In Colorado the cost of complying came to 1 cent/kwh in 2012. Most of the talk about renewable energy centers around solar power. Xcel Energy has long offered Solar Rewards and incentives for installation of residential and commercial panels. Though rebates are now gone and incentives have been reduced, the cost of solar installation dropped $5/kw, making Colorado one of the least expensive states.

Colorado Solar Panels

One factor pushing the cost of meeting renewable energy standards was a requirement that a certain amount be roof-top solar, or distributed generation. The upfront cost of this is more than alternatives, but the operating costs are low once up and running.

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CU Boulder Team Receives Grant Toward Sustainability

cu boulder sustainabilityWho would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone or create charcoal to combat climate change? A team of student and faculty engineers from the University of Colorado Boulder has won a grant for nearly $780,000 for its proposal to develop a solar-biochar toilet for use in developing countries throughout the world.

The grant is part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge initiated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to address a sanitation challenge affecting nearly 40 percent of the world’s population. The primary goals: to sanitize waste, use minimal water or electricity, and produce a usable product at low cost.

Congratulations CU Boulder on another big step toward sustainability!

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Denver Art Exhibit

denver mcnichols civic centerLooking for an interesting weekend activity? Visit the the McNichols Civic Center for the final weekend of the Contemporary Perspectives of the Rocky Mountain Region exhibit.

Denver Arts

The exhibit is open Saturday and Sunday, 10-3pm. Admission is FREE.

Western contemporary artists Maura Allen, Duke Beardsley, Mark England, Rocky Hawkins, Adam Jahiel, Charles Lindsay, Robert McCauley, Gordon McConnell, Tracy Stuckey, Barbara Van Cleve, Arin Waddell and Theodore Waddell each express a very personal connection to the Rocky Mountain Region, from abstracted landscapes to depictions of the modern cowboy to symbolic images of the West.

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Sam’s Hauling Dumpsters Ideal for Denver Remodeling Contractors

denver dumpster rental truckSam’s Hauling provides dumpsters and TUBs to contractors throughout the greater Denver area. As Denver’s oldest and largest mini dumpster rental company, we have established a lasting relationship with many local remodeling and building companies.

Denver Contractors Needing Dumpster Rental

The Denver companies that have previously utilized our services already know of the great value we offer. For those that do not, here is what Sam’s Hauling can provide for your building or remodeling firm:

  • Rolling discounts to repeat contractor customers
  • Licensed contractors receive extended set times and grace periods
  • Supporting documentation for recycling programs, noting material types, volume, and weight are available to contractors participating in LEED® and other green building projects
  • Multiple TUBS delivered/picked-up simultaneously receive a discount
  • Invoiced billing after credit application approval

What makes Sam’s Hauling different?

Sam’s Hauling understands the needs of local, Denver contractors. Contractors need reliable service at affordable rates. Sam’s offers BOTH. Our multiple distribution centers allow us to fulfill orders promptly, even last-minute changes, usually within 24 hrs.

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How Do I Choose the Right Size for A Denver Dumpster Rental?

Denver dumpster rental sizesSo you’ve got the project lined up ahead of you: You’re cleaning out the basement. You’ve even decided to rent a dumpster for getting rid of all unwanted junk. But now you’re wondering, “How do I choose the right container size for my Denver dumpster rental?” Not to worry, Sam’s Hauling will help you select the right dumpster for the job.

Dumpster Rental Sizes

Sam’s Hauling specializes in “mini” dumpsters of various sizes. This ensures you ONLY get the size you need. If you call me or Brian at (303) 984-7200 we will evaluate your specific project requirements for FREE. We will give you an honest assessment and recommendation of dumpster size dimensions. We will not upsell anyone into a dumpster that is too big or costly.

The Sam’s Hauling difference.

Sam’s offers 6, 9, 12 and 16 cubic yard dumpsters for residential and construction use. If you have concerns about excessive dumpster capabilities or potentially hazardous materials, please contact us today. Our roll-off dumpsters can be delivered to the greater Denver area usually within a day!

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CU Boulder Offers Sustainability Certificate

cu boulder sustainabilityThe University of Colorado at Boulder offers a fully online Professional Non-Credit Sustainability Certificate in Business Management or Community Management to students seeking additional expertise that will improve the health of their organization’s bottom line.

Learn from sustainability experts and pioneers in sustainable business practices while taking advantage of the flexibility of an online non-credit sustainability certificate. Learn anywhere, anytime while gaining access to the resources you need to move forward with hands-on experience, improved strategy, and heightened perspectives on the issues of today and tomorrow.

Sam’s Hauling proudly supports sustainability efforts in and around Denver and Boulder. We employ energy saving practices to protect the Colorado environment.

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