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 DialogueApril 17, 2017
Condo colossus coming downtown
Condo colossus. A Miami developer has unveiled plans for a $500 million condominium development that would bring 800 condominium units to downtown Denver in two, 40-story towers. The towers, on a 55,000-square-foot property at 1901 Arapahoe St., would represent the single largest condo project ever built in Denver. Units are anticipated to be priced from…
John RebchookApril 11, 2017
NAIOP: U.S. commercial real estate development supports 6 million jobs
Commercial real estate development in Colorado supports 45,897 related jobs and contributes $5.88 billion to the state’s economy, according to an annual study published by NAIOP Research Foundation. The NAIOP study showed development, construction and ongoing operations of new commercial real estate in the United States – office, industrial, warehouse and retail – generates significant…
CREJApril 10, 2017
Virtual reality for commercial space
I entered the commercial real estate Matrix. I donned the virtual reality goggles, and the 2,000-square-foot office that Walkthrough leases with another company in Lower Downtown was replaced by office furniture supplied by one of Walkthrough’s customers, Interior Environments. A virtual, green-lined grid, which reminded me of the Matrix, kept me from walking into the…
John RebchookApril 6, 2017
Factoring transportation costs into affordable housing equation
According to a report by the University of Texas at Arlington, the metro Denver area is near the top when it comes to providing affordable housing that doesn’t break the bank when it comes to residents’ annual cost of transportation.
CREJMarch 31, 2017
Schroeppel addresses urban issues
Denver seems to be getting a bad rap for new ugly buildings.
John RebchookFebruary 28, 2017
Roth Sheppard starts design on several projects
Roth Sheppard Architects was selected to design the Fort Worth Police Department Sixth Patrol District Substation and the city of Thornton Fire Station No. 6 and Police Substation led by partner-in-charge Brian Berryhill, as well as the new Police and Courts Facility for Firestone.
Kris Oppermann SternFebruary 27, 2017
Harms hammers out jobs at PCL
Like a lot of people, Mike Harms was thrilled last year when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Harms had a bit of a different reason to cheer the Cubs ending its 108-year championship drought, though. Before returning to Denver, almost exactly a year go, Harms had played a key role in the $575…
John RebchookFebruary 16, 2017
Despite labor, material challenges, construction market looks healthy
With all of the cranes visible across the Denver skyline, one might easily presume there is no end to the abundance of construction activity the metro area has experienced the past few years.
CREJFebruary 13, 2017
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 DialogueJanuary 13, 2017