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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

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 Rebchook

April 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…


April 10, 2017
Virtual reality

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 Rebchook

April 6, 2017
spark west

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.


March 31, 2017

Schroeppel addresses urban issues

Denver seems to be getting a bad rap for new ugly buildings.

John Rebchook

February 28, 2017
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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 Stern

February 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 Rebchook

February 16, 2017
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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.


February 13, 2017
vancouver skyline

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