The City is the Canvas, and Buildings the Art

Years ago, while walking through the Art Institute of Chicago, I saw a piece by Chuck Close at the other end of a long corridor. Perhaps you have seen his work as well, which is famous for its realism – so you know that from such a long distance each piece clearly seems to be a photograph. You may also know, then, that when you walk closer and stand in the same room, the work reveals itself as a painting.

Building Dialogue

November 20, 2017
agc workforce photo

Redefining success after H.S.: Become workforce ready

As labor shortages across several industries in Colorado continue to make headlines, there are still several organizations and companies struggling to fill those skilled trade jobs with few solutions on the horizon. AGC of Colorado recognized this need for construction workers dating back five years and began a comprehensive legislative campaign to combat these workforce development issues.


November 19, 2017
kieding office

Building a Slice of Home into the Office

The lexicon of architecture and interior design is specific: smooth and taut, a little slick and flashy, occasionally marked with a touch of irony, and always cloaked in style. At least that’s the way we see it.

Building Dialogue

November 13, 2017
AMD AIA firm of year

Anderson Mason Dale: AIA Co’s Firm of the Year

Praise for Anderson Mason Dale Architects, AIA’s 2017 Firm of the Year, isn’t hard to find. Not only does the firm produce exemplary design work, but also it has a unique ability to blend the interests of various stakeholders into a single functional project. It’s that ability that has led to the successful completion of some of Denver’s most notable architecture.


November 13, 2017
cu maker space

Designing Creative Collaboration School Spaces

The term “maker space” is getting a good deal of attention lately, especially in education environments. In fact, maker spaces have been part of a trend that began over a decade ago. The idea of making things, of course, is not new, but the concept of incorporating physical spaces within learning environments designed to foster greater cross-discipline collaboration and problem solving through creating things has just begun to really take hold.

Building Dialogue

November 6, 2017
park hyatt beaver creek

Life Moves Pretty Fast: GE Johnson 50 Years Later

Life moves pretty fast – if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it. The famous counsel given to Generation X by Farris Buhler in 1986 always seems to take a minute to settle in, but that’s the point. Fifty years from GE Johnson Construction Co.’s 1967 founding, Chief Executive Officer Jim Johnson also finds benefit in reflection.

Building Dialogue

September 17, 2017
csu stadium

Colorado State Stadium: Rams Charge Back to Campus

After 48 years, Colorado State University’s football team is coming home. The Rams played for the last time at off-campus Hughes Stadium in late 2016, after 262 games, not to mention a few gigs by the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and other rock legends.

Building Dialogue

September 4, 2017

Does your GC have a strong relationship with subcontractors?

Subcontractors account for 90 percent of the cost on most projects and are the true tradesmen who create each building. One of the most important factors in evaluating a prospective general contractor is the strength of its relationships with subcontractors.


September 4, 2017
Reception desk at the former Girl Scouts headquarters

Transforming, Occupying Former Girl Scouts HQ

With the goal to own its own building in an eclectic Denver neighborhood, Unique Properties chose the former Girl Scouts Headquarters Building at 400 S. Broadway to be its new home. This 1965, three-story, brick building bordering the West Washington Park and Baker neighborhoods was the opportunity the group was looking for to represent its…

Building Dialogue

August 14, 2017
Saunders headquarters

Investors seeking new Saunders building come out of woodwork

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Jill Jamieson-Nichols

July 31, 2017