Wencel contemporary design

Boulder by Nature

From the outside, the notion of real estate development is generally seen as a straightforward equation of risk and reward. Those willing to assume the largest of risks lead the line for the greatest rewards and behind them builders, architects, engineers, subcontractors, material suppliers and myriad others eagerly cue up in a revenue chain led by the daring few who see prosperous potential on every corner.

Building Dialogue

April 18, 2016
Cucina Colore

A Passion for a City and its Architecture

Denver architect Jeffrey Sheppard is passionate about architecture. His eye for thoughtful design is matched only by his enduring drive to understand and maximize the human response to the built environment, while elevating the quality of design in the world around us.

Building Dialogue

April 5, 2016
Jeppesen Terminal

Leading the Way: Peña Set the Stage for Today’s Success

The Honorable Federico F. Peña, Denver mayor from 1983 to 1991 and Secretary of the Department of Energy and the Department of Transportation in the Clinton Administration, offers a unique perspective on the evolution of Denver.

Building Dialogue

March 14, 2016

Proactive Design: Integrate Structure Early to Elevate Design and Lower Costs

Because every building’s form is ultimately defined by a structure that is integral and essential to the success of the design, tapping structural engineering expertise at the onset of the design process seems like a wise strategy.

Building Dialogue

March 9, 2016

Redefining ‘Bindery’ on Blake Street

The 88-year-old former bindery at 2901 Blake St. recently has been transformed into a new kind of bindery. Today’s edition joins two distinct buildings, a handful of vibrant businesses, and bonds arts and commerce. An example of adaptive reuse at its best, it also provides nourishment – in this case, both economic and culinary – to the neighboring community.

Building Dialogue

February 29, 2016
Breckenridge Brewery Pub

Breckenridge Brewery

Colorado is already known for its microbreweries, but this summer, Breckenridge Brewery introduced its destination brewery. The $35 million new campus that sits along the South Platte River already is attracting locals and out-of-towners alike. Breckenridge experienced a lot of growth in the last few years, with demand exceeding supply. The 12-acre campus consists of three buildings and provides the much-needed space for Colorado’s fifth largest brewer:

Building Dialogue

February 22, 2016

Brad Tomecek: Exploring Space

Denver architect Brad Tomecek, AIA, LEED BC+D, rethinks the art of building with every project. His zest for alternative technologies has created striking spaces and helped earn his firm a 2015 Honor Award for Innovative Practice from AIA Colorado.

Building Dialogue

February 19, 2016

Designing for the Evolving Guest Experience

The emergence from the economic downturn has fueled a robust development cycle in Denver and in the state of Colorado. This is an exciting time for the hospitality industry as consumer trends are having an incredible influence on leading edge thinking. In general, people are becoming more discerning with their choices and the impacts of those choices. As a result, consumers are now expecting the hospitality companies they do business with to do the same. A collective shift in consumer values and behavior began several years ago and likely will continue to evolve. The hospitality industry has already started to

Building Dialogue

February 10, 2016

Value Beyond Building

Construction is fertile ground for complications. Beginning with the basic on-time/on-budget obligations despite circumstantial uncertainties like weather, and material and subcontractor availability, general contractors assume a fair amount of risk long before ever breaking ground. Mix in the need to truly understand and achieve the owner’s long-ter

Building Dialogue

February 2, 2016
first blossom

Hoping for the Best, Resilient Design Plans for the Worst

If you’ve grown weary of the ever-expanding use and interpretation of the word “sustainability,” you may want to add the term “resiliency” to your lexicon. Equally broad and important in its intent; resilient design looks beyond energy modeling (and point-chasing) in favor of what the Resilient Design Institute defines as “the intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities, and regions in response to vulnerabilities to disaster and disruption of normal life.” Rather than react, resilient des

Building Dialogue

January 21, 2016