SGM has been working in Chaffee County since 2002, starting with the Town of Buena Vista. As our client base grew in the area, the need for a local office became apparent. SGM called upon intrepid trailblazer Matt Hutson, who also opened SGM’s Crested Butte office in 2001, to establish an office in Salida. Matt has worked in four SGM offices covering nine different buildings, so mobility is his middle name! In 2012 he opened the Salida office, and since then he’s been working with clients from Trinidad to Leadville, and from Creede to Cripple Creek. When asked how many miles he puts on his truck each year, Matt just laughed and said you really wouldn’t want to know!
The small but mighty Salida office continues to grow. Earlier this year, Ignacio Barrantes came on board to provide MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) and CAD support. The Salida team works closely with SGM staff from Gunnison and Glenwood Springs to provide local civil engineering service backed by a team of engineering and consulting specialists. One day they might work on a road re-alignment and a wastewater treatment plant, the next day might bring civil infrastructure for a charter school campus or a new water system.
What’s been one of Matt’s favorite projects? Probably working with the City of Victor to assess the structural integrity of historic buildings in an effort to revitalize to downtown core. In his spare time, Matt enjoys dabbling in photography, and historic structures and rugged landscapes are a few of his favorite subjects. Below are a few of his images from the well-preserved mining town. If you are looking for hidden gems around the Salida area, or need solutions to your engineering challenges, be sure to stop by the Salida office and say ‘hi’.