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4240 is Quietly Confident, Shaping through Design

Seventeen years ago, Matt Cecere was a younger man, 4240 Architecture was a different firm and Denver’s Riverfront Park was kind of a swamp. Today, Cecere and 4240 are older and wiser, better for the experience,

Building Dialogue

May 1, 2017
colo chamber

Peeling Back the Layers: Historic Restoration of State Capitol Chambers

The need for a simple radiator repair within Colorado’s State Capitol House and Senate Chambers ultimately set in motion a complex restoration project that opened up long-obscured skylights, revealed beautiful hand-painted stencils and, in the words of Lance Shepherd, the manager of design and construction programs at the office of the state architect, “returned the stateliness to the chambers.”

Building Dialogue

April 17, 2017
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Vail Resorts reimagines office experience

The corporate headquarters for Vail Resorts, the leading global mountain resort operator, is located in Broomfield, just off of U.S. 36, near the FlatIron Crossing shopping mall.

Building Dialogue

April 3, 2017
stapleton tower

Ready for Takeoff: Adaptive reuse, design in the former Stapleton Airport air traffic control tower

In 1995, Denver shuttered the Stapleton International Airport. For about two decades, its old air traffic control tower stood vacant while new homes, restaurants and businesses grew up around it into what is now one of the largest urban redevelopment sites in the country.

Building Dialogue

March 13, 2017
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Granite Place at Village Center: A New Breed of Office

Granite Place at Village Center is on the leading edge of a new breed of office towers in Denver’s southeast suburban market. Due for core-and-shell completion in March and occupancy by summer, the 10-story, 300,000-square-foot Class AA office tower broke ground early last year, and features a slick “corporate living room” on the ground level and a 1,000-space parking structure.

Building Dialogue

March 13, 2017
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The Confluence Goes with the Flow

Rising high at 2166 15th Street in Denver is The Confluence, an ultra-luxury, 34-story, 288-unit apartment community, aptly named because of its unique location at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River.

Building Dialogue

February 27, 2017
arapahoe square

Tami Door: Place-based Economic Development

A vibrant city is one that founded on community engagement, leadership, intention and investment. Downtown Denver is one example in which these aspects are actively a part of the present and future.

Building Dialogue

February 13, 2017
union station area

Location, Location, Location. Where? When? Why?

“God is in the details,” a common refrain attributed to Mies van der Rohe, though probably as old as architecture itself provides the starting point for an exploration of design. It touches on the two extremes: “god” (a.k.a., the “big picture”) and the “details,” and, perhaps most interesting, where they meet. This first installment of…

Building Dialogue

January 30, 2017
colo center under construction

Colorado Center Tower III: Infill Site Evolves

A sign in front of the ever-changing urban infill project at Colorado Boulevard and Interstate 25 reads: “A New Colorado Center: Evolving 2016.” That’s been the case more years than not since Colorado Center’s first stages of redevelopment in the 1980s.

Building Dialogue

January 14, 2017
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Denver Needs a New Vision, Focus on Neighborhoods

My op-ed piece titled “Denver is a Great City, So Why the Bad Buildings” was published in April 2015 in the Denver Post, followed by more than 3,000 (mostly positive) email responses over the next few months. This led to speaking opportunities with dozens of neighborhood groups and concerned residents, both here, and in cities experiencing similar problems throughout the U.S.

Building Dialogue

January 13, 2017