The Evolution of Denver Plazas, Private to Public

In the early 1980s, a development trend made popular in Chicago and New York, known commonly as the “plaza bonus,” made its way to Denver. This tower-in-a-park philosophy was created in larger cities to encourage developers to provide useable public space at the street level by providing incentives allowing buildings to exceed heights and square footage limits, typically governed by zoning.

Building Dialogue

July 7, 2019
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Civitas-designed plaza breaks ground in historic downtown Golden

The much-anticipated new Calvary Episcopal Church Arapahoe Steps at Celebration Plaza in historic downtown Golden is underway. Breaking ground recently with a projected opening date in spring, the plaza project was designed by award-winning Denver urban design and landscape architecture firm Civitas.

Kris Oppermann Stern

November 25, 2018
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DTJ: Integrating Open Spaces in Development for 50 Years

With deep roots in architecture, planning and landscape architecture, Boulder’s DTJ Design has helped lead the way for thoughtful development amid Colorado’s great outdoors for more than 50 years. 

Building Dialogue

March 19, 2018