Delivering Design and Performance
Family-owned Brekhus Tile & Stone, a leader in the Denver market, tackles complex projects with expertise and ease
Brekhus Tile & Stone, Inc. is Denver’s leading tile and stone expert, specializing in one-of-a-kind tile and custom stone fabrication and installation, as well as intricate tile installation. A family-owned business founded in 1999, Brekhus excels at complex, high-end projects, particularly those that present distinct technical challenges. Regardless of the scope of a given project, the company is committed to providing superior quality and timely, professional service to every customer.
Under the leadership of owners Jeff and Kym Brekhus, and with its 2016 acquisition of the venerable Denver Marble Company, Brekhus Tile & Stone has built a stellar reputation installing tile and natural stone in some of Colorado’s most high-profile projects. In fact, Brekhus is one of only two National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Five-Star Contractors in Colorado.
Additionally, Brekhus is the only Natural Stone Institute Commercial B Accredited Contractor in Colorado, and one of only eight in the nation.
Building on Partnerships to Tackle Complex Hi-Rise Project
The company’s latest venture is a large multiuse complex, McGregor Square, working alongside esteemed project partners, general contractor Hensel Phelps and architect Stantec.
Michelle Wiater, Brekhus Project Manager for this job remarks that Brekhus has an established relationship with Hensel Phelps, having worked with them on numerous projects throughout Denver. “They know the way we work, our quality and how we run the business. That really plays a big factor in our success, knowing they trust us to execute a significant and visible project right in downtown Denver,” she says. Brekhus is charged with installing tile on two of three towers at the property—an office tower and a 176-unit hotel—including all the large format tile in the public space in addition to all the flooring and some exterior work. Wiater notes, “There are different intricate paver flooring details that work through the hotel lobby and then transition out into the residential tower. Although the bulk of our work is on the other two towers, we’re bringing our pavers through that space, as well as collaborating with out-of-state architectural fabricators to install glass mosaic tiles on columns.”
Among the biggest challenges of the job are the logistics in terms of scheduling and manpower in order to keep within a tight timeframe. In both areas, Brekhus Tile & Stone shines.
Wiater says, “A big strength we bring to these detailed and stringently scheduled high-rise projects is organization and an ability to always be ahead of the game. Anticipating the preconstruction needs with the contractor and discussing the ‘what ifs’ ahead of time helps eliminate potential errors and issues. As a subcontractor, you see the details that you want to bring up to make sure that you’re not running into problems down the road.”
The company also relies on its great crews. Wiater adds, “All of them have been with us for years and have the knowledge needed to get the job done in the Brekhus tradition. That’s a big deal with projects where the schedule is constrained and the GC is relying on you to come in, deliver and then be right back out three weeks later. You need the crews available to be pushing and not letting the ball drop.”
Taking a Proactive Approach
Brekhus is responsible for installing about 34,000 square feet of flooring and 52,000 square feet of walling over 12 floors. Every two or three weeks, the contractor will be releasing a new floor so timing will be key. There’s no break and the Brekhus team will have just three months to complete the entire project—something they can accomplish by being organized.
Brekhus drew upon its expertise to come up with solutions that would meet both the vision and performance requirements established by the architect/designer. Stantec ultimately went with mostly porcelains and ceramics with a neutral palette of whites and greys. Brekhus was able to come in and assist on the design scope, as the original design intent on the main floors in the hotel rooms was meant to be concrete but they needed something that would have better acoustics. Brekhus assisted with a selection of flooring tiles that could mimic the original look while still achieving the acoustic and sound deadening issues you have using concrete alone.
Reliance on Core Values
This ambitious project is just one example of how Brekhus delivers on its core company values: professionalism, stewardship, caring and leadership.