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Gaylord Rockies: Stretches the Imagination

gaylord rockies

The massive 1,501-room hotel is joined by 485,000 square feet of convention center space and an extensive indoor/outdoor water park on a sprawling 85-acre site, just south of Denver International Airport. 

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December 3, 2018

Incorporate Ergonomics into Initial Design

moveable arm

When designing a new client workspace, design teams give even the smallest details – from furniture stitching to drawer pulls – thoughtful consideration. However, one important aspect of office design is often overlooked to the detriment of both the client and employee: ergonomics. 

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November 25, 2018

5280 Loop: A New Take on Urban Placemaking

5280 loop

The next trend in urban place making is taking place in Downtown Denver as we push design boundaries on the Downtown Denver Partnership’s 5280 Loop project. Inspired in part by New York City’s High Line, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and numerous European precedents, the 5280 Loop seeks to create a 5.280-mile linear park and “urban trail” to connect Denver’s unique and diverse center city neighborhoods celebrating their cherished character.

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November 18, 2018

Denver’s Vibe: Art District Showcases a Better Way to Work

vibe wall

VibeTM is a new and disruptive boutique office property in the commercial office space sector emerging in the Denver community this year. Currently in three states with eight properties, the Vibe brand has been spreading rapidly across the country, with this most recent 2018 project marking the first Colorado location. 

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November 11, 2018

Optiv Opts for Comfort in 1144 Fifteenth Street

optive stairs

The comforts of home don’t always translate to the office, although Denver-based cybersecurity company Optiv is enticing its locally based remote workers back to the office with a brand-new, state-of-the-art, 75,000-square-foot headquarters. The new location includes many of the comforts of home.

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November 4, 2018

Snowmass Base Village – Vision Becomes Reality

snowmass plaza

The idea for a pedestrian-oriented village at the base of Snowmass Ski Area has been percolating since the resort opened in 1967. The concept was first articulated by iconic Aspen architect and developer Fritz Benedict who helped draw up the initial plans, and it has been talked about ever since. 

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October 29, 2018

Precedent Overload: Designing in the Era of Pinterest

Several years ago I attended a lecture at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design by Nader Tehrani, principal of the esteemed architecture firm NADAA and current dean of the The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union. 

Building Dialogue

October 21, 2018

A Case for Putting in the Work to Deliver Value

venture value

There is a large and critical difference between value thinking and bottom-line thinking. To ensure a project thrives, it’s essential to understand this difference. 

Building Dialogue

October 15, 2018

Reconnecting People with Nature: Green Walls

CH2M

Humans have a natural disposition to seek and to connect with nature and other forms of life. But people living in urban areas are becoming more disconnected from nature. Plant walls are an easy and stunning way to reconnect them to nature. Plant walls can improve people’s health and mood.

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October 8, 2018

Office from the Ashes: Is Agile the New Open?

ardent space

In case you missed it, the new “final” word on the much-maligned open-plan office was delivered in early July, the results of a study by Harvard researchers. Predictably, the findings revealed gaping holes in communication effectiveness and productivity of companies utilizing open-plan office spaces.

Building Dialogue

September 30, 2018