Experiential Design: The Key to Human Spaces
Approaching downtown Denver from the west, growth, and therefore change, is undeniable. Cranes fill the skyline and as the descent from Millennium Bridge is made, an area devoid of hardly any structures just five years ago is now teeming with activity. In this sea of development, as an architect, it’s fascinating to consider what creates longevity in place-making and drives a compelling human experience.
Building DialogueOctober 30, 2017
Populous Designs Own Space with Connectivity in Mind
Populous is a global architecture and design firm with a portfolio including projects like Coors Field, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Pepsi Center, the 2012 Summer Olympic & Paralympic Games in London and the Super Bowl. The firm’s tag line of “Drawing People Together” defines its work in the aviation, convention center and sports markets.
Building DialogueOctober 23, 2017
Swedish Medical Center: Open for Business During Renovations
Functioning as a hospital first and a construction site second has become a mastered art form at the 100-year-old Swedish Medical Center in Englewood. An acute care hospital with 368 licensed beds, Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of 2,000 employees, 500 volunteers and more than 1,300 physicians.
Building DialogueOctober 16, 2017
Denver’s Safe Occupancy Program Protects All
In December, in an Oakland warehouse called the Ghost Ship, a fire broke out during a live show. The fire spread quickly; 36 people in the warehouse were killed. The interior had been illegally and unsafely modified to house an artist collective, including living units and performance space. After the tragedy, many pointed to the Bay Area’s affordable housing crisis as the driver of unsafe, underground spaces like this one.
Building DialogueOctober 9, 2017
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