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Mayor Design Award winners

Steam on the Platte

Steam on the Platte, the Ramble Hotel and the Punch Bowl Social in Stapleton are among the 17 eclectic projects that are being honored as winners of the 2018 Mayor’s Design Awards.

Mayor Michael B. Hancock on Thursday night honored the projects for excellence in architecture, design and placemaking. About 200 people attended the award event at the Chambers Grant Salon of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Members of the selection committee who chose the winners include:

  • Architect Tim Boers, principal of Boulder Associates;
  • Brad Evans, who just unsuccessfully ran for the RTD board and is best known for his Denver Fugly site on Facebook;
  • Brianna Borin, senior vice president of People Resources at Snooze;
  • John Olson, director of Preservation Programs, Historic Denver Inc.;
  • And Peter Park, director and owner of Peter J. Park LLC, a city planning and design consulting practice and the former planning director for the City of Denver.

“The field of winners this year is the most diverse ever selected,” Hancock said.

Judges included Mayor Michael B. Hancock on Thursday night honored the projects for excellence in architecture, design and placemaking. About 200 people attended the event.

“The list is the perfect showcase of what we can do as a city when we design with the intent of lifting up our community,” Hancock added.

Since 2005, the awards have been presented to Denver homeowners, business owners, nonprofits, artists and others for their creative contributions to the public realm through innovative design. Winners can range from community placemaking projects to adaptive reuse of historic structures to single-family residences to major mixed-use downtown buildings.

Each brings something special to Denver’s unique visual fabric and speaks to a collective commitment to building healthy, sustainable communities.

Project honored include*:

Winner: Steam on the Platte

Category: Back to the Future

Owner: Urban Ventures LLC and Zuni Corridor LLC, Tim White & Dour Decker

Architect: tres birds workshop

Builder: White Construction Group

2200 California

Winner: 2200 California

Category: Back to the Future

Owner: 550 Spyder LLC

Architect: Arrow B Architecture – Shane Martin, Ally Frueauf

Builder: Spectrum General Contractors Inc. – John Lanphier


Punch Bowl Social – Stapleton

Winner: Punch Bowl Social – Stapleton

3120 N. Uinta St.

Category: Neighborhood Gem

Owner: Robert Thompson

Architect: OZ Architecture and Megan Freckelton, Frank Mataipule, Punch Bowl Social

Builder: R&M General Contractors LLC


Ramble Hotel

Winner: The Ramble Hotel

2450 Larimer St.

Category: Distinctive Denver

Owners: Gravitas Development Group

Architect: Johnson Nathan Strohe.

Interior Designer: Avenue Interior Designer

Builder: Sprung Construction


The art alley at the Dairy Block.

Winner: The Art Alley at Dairy Block

Address: 1800 Wazee St.

Category: Art All Around

Owners: McWhinney, Sage Hospitality and Grand American Inc.

Art Curation: NINE dot ARTS

Architect: Shears Adkins Rockmore

Builder: Saunders Construction


The Circa Building

Winner: The Circa Building

1615 Platte St.

Category: Sustainable Style

Owners: Unico Properties

Architect: Open Studio Architecture

Builder: Swinerton Builders


The Wheatley

Winner: The Wheatley

530 25th St.

Category: Density by Design

Owner: 2460 Welton St. LLC

Developer: Palisade Partners

Architect: Craine Architecture

Builder: Confluence Builders


Colorado Health Foundation Building.

Winner: Colorado Health Foundation Building

1780 Pennsylvania St.

Category: Building Well Living Well

Owner: Colorado Health Foundation

Architect: Davis Partnership Architects

Builder: Saunders Construction


Rainbow crosswalk

Winner: Rainbow Crosswalk

Broadway and Irvington Place

Category: Neighborhood Gem

Owner: Buffalo Exchange Colorado


River North Stormwater Outfall

Winner: River North Storm Water Outfall

Address: Arkins Court, between 31st and 35th streets

Category: Landscapes in Focus

Owner: City and county of Denver and Urban Drainage and Flood Control District

Architect: Stream Landscape Architecture

Engineer: Muller Engineering Co.

Builder: Concrete Express


Learning landscape garden

Winner: Reimagining Learning Landscapes: Garden Place Academy Research Station and Community Garden

Address: 4425 Lincoln St.

Category: Active Spaces

Owner: Denver Public Schools

Designers: Jesse Van Horne, Eric Crotty, Lois Brink

Builders: The Big SandBox, the Globeville Community, Parents of Garden Place Academy parents, Kiewit, Colorado Designscapes


Backyard on Blake

Winner: Backyard on Blake

3070 Blake St.

Category: Active Spaces

Owner: Mainspring

Designer: Ivy Street Design

Builder: Sprocket D


The Bosler House

Winner: The Bosler House

3209 W. Fairview Place

Category: This Is Home

Owners: Steven and Janise Davis

Architect: Jessica Reske, Restoration Architect, Form + Works Design Group

Builder: Steven Davis


Black and White House

Winner: Black and White House at Sloan’s Lake

4200 W. 23rd Ave.

Category: This Is Home

Owners: Erin Little and Marc Perusse

Architect: Davis Urban Architecture & Design

Builder: Brown Construction



Denver Botanic Gardens

Winner: Denver Botanic Gardens Ticket Centers

Address: 1007 York St.

Category: Distinctive Denver

Owner: Denver Botanic Gardens

Architect and builder: University of Colorado – Boulder Program in Environmental Design


Molly Brown House

Winner: Molly Brown House Museum Renovation

Address: 1340 Pennsylvania St.

Category: Distinctive Denver

Owner: Historic Denver Inc.

Architect: Anderson Mason Dale, Hoehn Architects

Builder: Spectrum General Contractors, Buildings Restoration Specialties, Watkins Stained Glass

Winner: Thomas Jefferson High School Bus Shetler

Address: East Hampden Avenue and South Ivanhoe Street

Category: Art All Around

Project coordinators: Council District 4, Thomas Jefferson Parent Teacher Organization

Artists: TJHS students and staff, community members.

*Photos of winning project courtesy of Denver Community Planning and Development.

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Kris Oppermann Stern is publisher and editor of Building Dialogue, a Colorado Real Estate Journal publication, and editor of CREJ's construction, design, and engineering section, including news and bylined articles. Building Dialogue is a quarterly, four-color magazine that caters specifically to the AEC industry, including features on projects and people, as well as covering trends…