Two Hilton Hotel Brands Arrive in Boulder
It’s a blue sky Colorado day and Jim Johnson, founding partner of Denver’s Johnson Nathan Strohe architecture and design firm, is sitting across the street from the two-hotel project he’s been spearheading in central Boulder. Asked what he’s most proud of with this project, Johnson responds without a second of hesitation, as if he’s been pondering the question for a while.
Building DialogueSeptember 24, 2017
Life Moves Pretty Fast: GE Johnson 50 Years Later
Life moves pretty fast – if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it. The famous counsel given to Generation X by Farris Buhler in 1986 always seems to take a minute to settle in, but that’s the point. Fifty years from GE Johnson Construction Co.’s 1967 founding, Chief Executive Officer Jim Johnson also finds benefit in reflection.
Building DialogueSeptember 17, 2017
Colorado State Stadium: Rams Charge Back to Campus
After 48 years, Colorado State University’s football team is coming home. The Rams played for the last time at off-campus Hughes Stadium in late 2016, after 262 games, not to mention a few gigs by the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and other rock legends.
Building DialogueSeptember 4, 2017
Transforming, Occupying Former Girl Scouts HQ
With the goal to own its own building in an eclectic Denver neighborhood, Unique Properties chose the former Girl Scouts Headquarters Building at 400 S. Broadway to be its new home. This 1965, three-story, brick building bordering the West Washington Park and Baker neighborhoods was the opportunity the group was looking for to represent its…
Building DialogueAugust 14, 2017
NetApp: Making Nerdy Look Good
It’s easy to talk about the benefits of collaboration, integrated teams and adaptability. But when an acquisition occurs in the middle of the project, the amount and pace of change can test a team’s mettle.
Building DialogueJuly 31, 2017
Stitching the Urban Fabric: Tryba Architects
David Tryba founded his eponymous Denver firm in 1988 after starting his career in New York City when “a more human, urbanized city” began to bloom, he says. “That whole connectivity to the waterfront is still being formed. It was in the early stages of that where my frame of reference was formed in terms of the importance of connectivity.”
Building DialogueJune 30, 2017
Denver’s Zoning: Are We More Divided than Ever?
I sat on the Denver Planning Board in the 1990s and watched the beginning of today’s debates about growth. When we developed Blueprint Denver, the ideas about stability and change emerged through community dialogue.
Building DialogueJune 19, 2017
Upside: Country Club Towers
In development, everyone is looking for an advantage. What can be offered that no one else has and/or how can what everyone else has be offered in a way that is new, different and more appealing. On the whole, Denver has what few other cites do – year-round fantastic weather; immediate access to one of North America’s premier outdoor playgrounds; an easygoing vibe; a healthy love of dogs; and, on the grand scale of American cites, at least the remnants of affordability.
Building DialogueJune 4, 2017
A Preservation Success Story: 17th Avenue and Pearl Street
In 2017, the 117-year-old building on the corner of 17th Avenue and Pearl Street, most recently home to the Tavern Uptown, will undergo extensive renovations. It will also welcome a new neighbor of significantly more girth, an eight-story multifamily development that will be home to more than 300 new apartments.
Building DialogueMay 12, 2017