How Design Advisory Groups Require More than One Color

A common question I often hear from participants in design advisory groups is, “Why do architects wear black?” There are many theories on why architects dress like cat burglars. In reality, an architect’s role is not black and white; it spans the spectrum of the rainbow, where we commonly act as the unifier, facilitator and moderator of a larger collective to bring consensus to many.

Building Dialogue

April 26, 2020

Architecture Firms: Selling Out or Selling Up?

Are you a buyout veteran yet? If the trend toward consolidation among architecture and engineering firms continues, any of us could face a sale or merger during our careers. I’ve witnessed the ebbs and flows of the architecture profession over the years. This recent trend of mergers and buyouts got me thinking about the multiple perspectives involved.

Building Dialogue

April 20, 2020

Keeping Things in Perspective: Finding the Balance

Recently I was given a gut check that seemed notable and worth sharing. It led to several questions those of us in design, development, construction, brokerage, etc., might consider. Do you remember why you got into your profession? Was it more exciting then or did it matter more to you in the beginning? Have you kept your inspiration or do you need to find it again? Have you kept balance?

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April 13, 2020

Building Peak 8 at Breckenridge: Delivering an Improved Visitor Experience

In April 2018, work began on the transformation of one of Colorado’s most significant and symbolic mountain resort venues: Breckenridge Ski Resort’s original base area, Peak 8. Improvements had been ongoing for more than a decade, and the construction effort has culminated in an unprecedented ski-in, ski-out development that is providing visitors to the mountain town with a grand destination.

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April 6, 2020

Colorado Mesa University’s Hotel Maverick will Benefit from a Unique Design Solution

Colorado Mesa University’s hospitality program has enjoyed significant growth over the years and the university is preparing to open a “teaching hotel” during the first quarter of 2020 as a result. Davis Partnership Architects envisioned a unique materiality of the Hotel Maverick to set it apart. The hotel will boast a contemporary theme that integrates an ethos of the modern West.

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March 30, 2020

Santa Fe Yards at Broadway Station: Build-to-suit offices, residential planned

This is the idea behind one of Denver’s newest mixed-use developments, Broadway Station. Located at the former Gates Rubber Co. plant site, the 41-acre development is advantageously located at the intersection of Interstate 25, Santa Fe Drive and South Broadway at Denver’s second busiest RTD light-rail stop and bus station.

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March 22, 2020

CannonDesign in Denver: Embracing its Roots

CannonDesign’s new home in the RiNo Arts District has roots stretching back more than 40 years in Denver. The history gets a bit labyrinthine, however: Denver’s Klipp Architecture opened its doors in 1979; California’s gkkworks acquired Klipp in 2012. Founded in Denver in 1989, Bennett Wagner Grody Architects joined CannonDesign in 2017. CannonDesign, first established in 1945 in New York, now has 19 offices and about 1,000 employees in all.

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March 15, 2020

Platte Fifteen: Beautiful from Top to Bottom

As structure, purpose and possibility continue to evolve in commercial building construction, savvy developers have come to recognize the need and benefits of integrating nature’s regenerative powers into the places we live, work and play. Harnessing the power of nature through sustainability and Craftmanship, Platte Fifteen has arrived as a pioneer of progress with a new take on old means.

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March 9, 2020

Milo Offers Luxury and Connection at 9+CO

Milo Luxury Residences is the latest addition to the $500 million, 26-acre urban infill redevelopment of the former University of Colorado Health Sciences Center at Ninth and Colorado (9+CO). The transformation from medical campus to a vibrant commercial district began in 2014 when the university and city of Denver tabbed Continuum Partners to direct the project.

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March 1, 2020

Ivy Residences: Expediting Condo Construction through Prefab Structural System

While many residential projects are going up in downtown Denver and other nearby busy areas, Ivy Residences sits on a quiet street in the Highlands neighborhood. The for-sale market is highly competitive in the Mile High City, so it was important to build this project quickly and safely.

Building Dialogue

February 24, 2020