Rebuilding After the Most Destructive Fire in State History (Pt. 1)

On December 30, 2021, the town of Superior, Colorado was devastated by one of the most destructive fires in State history.

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The Federal Government (FEMA) recognized the immensity of the situation facing the Town of Superior and issued a Federal Disaster Declaration, meaning all of the damages sustained would be eligible for Federal Public Assistance Funds.

In the weeks following the Marshall Fire, The Town of Superior issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking local engineering firms able to help the Town begin damage assessment and recovery process. Level submitted their qualifications and were awarded the contract with the town.


Generally, Level functions as an extension of the Town Staff, something which is very rewarding and makes one appreciate what our public officials do for our communities.

Several Level Employees are working full time on this project at any given time, including collaborating with our sister construction company Level Design Build.

Weekly progress meetings with Town Staff are necessary to maintain pace with this fast moving recovery effort.


Our team is led by Senior Project Engineer – Jay Blackburn, P.E. Civil Engineering and CEO/Principal Engineer Scott Zurn P.E. As the Project Manager Jay Blackburn serves as the main consultant for the town, other government agencies, public, and other contracted services creating a cohesive approach with communication and execution.

Jay Blackburn, P.E. has been a recognized valuable team member with Level engineering and has recently signed a Level Design Partnership membership agreement; the next level of collaboration to the national collaboration of design professionals.

“Being part of something larger than yourself is humbling. I remind myself everyday of 3 things: not to go it alone, to celebrate others successes as much as your own, and that the world needs change. The Superior project has truly demonstrated what we’re capable of as a collaborative of free-thinking, dedicated individuals who want to change the world.” – Jay Blackburn, P.E.

Level’s unique model and network of multi-disciplinary experts has greatly worked to the Town of Superior’s advantage. Whether it’s been assessment of damage to concrete, roadways, structures, utilities, retaining walls, or parks infrastructure, Level has been able to quickly provide the town valuable information to make decisions.

We believe this level of service is required for success in such an environment, and our success here will lead to additional opportunities for Level in the disaster recovery efforts throughout the country.
From consultation and collaboration to assessment, design, engineering and construction, Level is the full package. The superior project is a reminder that if you want to do it, you have the resources within Level to make it happen.

For additional information about this collaboration and more details with the engineering specifics on this project, see part 2 coming soon. Subscribe to our newsletter.

Some of Level’s company purposes are to advance a culture of design that minimizes the adverse environmental impacts of the built world. A passion to contribute philanthropic support to efforts that benefit ecological preservation both locally and globally.

Putting these purposes into action, while helping the Town of Superior is truly an honor for the Level team.

– The LEVEL team

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Scott Zurn, P.E.

Founder and CEO of Level Engineering & Level Design Partners. With more than 4 decades of experience, Scott Zurn has contributed to all aspects of the building industry, serving both public and private sectors. He’s achieved tremendous success in commercial and residential markets, held leadership roles such as building official, city engineer, and director for local governments, and accomplished hundreds of millions of dollars in successful commercial building and civil infrastructure as a designer, project manager, and leader. As the Founder of the Level brand, Scott is dedicated to ensuring the entrepreneurial success of design professionals, as well as creating positive environmental impacts through design work. Read Scott’s full bio here.

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