Pinkard Completes Safety and Security Upgrades for Over 50 Small Businesses in Aurora
Pinkard Construction, a municipal general contractor celebrating 60 years in Colorado, has completed its contract with the City of Aurora’s Safety and Security Grant Program, bringing over 50 small businesses vital upgrades that allow law enforcement to respond more efficiently and effectively to public safety issues.
“It’s truly inspiring to see Pinkard Construction’s impact on the community,” says Kendall Koca, Manager of the office of special projects for Aurora. “This project was an incredible opportunity for us to use their expertise to work directly with law enforcement and business owners to administer the program efficiently.”
Koca says that this program is critical to help the City of Aurora meet its safety and security needs and to have made a positive impact on the small businesses involved.
The program is part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act economic stimulus bill signed into law in March 2021, providing the city of Aurora with $65.4 million in one-time direct federal aid. It allocated up to $20,000 to eligible applicants to make physical changes related to lighting, alarms, cameras, windows, entrance doors, and mirrors.
“This project submerged me in the wealth of diversity within Aurora.” says Nathan Rodriguez, a project engineer for Pinkard. “I got to work with local cafés, churches, stores, and a variety of other businesses. Each with their own stories, needs, and community impact. There is something special in the joy these owners had knowing their local government actively supports them.”
Rodriguez says he joined Pinkard for their community-first mindset, evident in the type of work they pursue and the fact that employees get two days of VTO (volunteer time off) annually to participate in service projects together.
To date, Pinkard has completed over 90 municipal projects for 37 public/municipal clients across the Colorado Front Range.