Contributed ArticleDevelopment

Force Majeure Provisions in the Age of COVID-19

By Patrick Compton, partner at Ballard Spahr Whether you are dealing with a real estate purchase and sale agreement, a construction contract, or a commercial lease, chances are your legal documents contain some form of “force majeure” provision. Translated from the French, meaning “superior force,” these provisions relieve or modify contractual obligations …

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ConstructionContributed Article

Local Construction: A Pandemic Perspective

By Peter Knowles While official government responses to the coronavirus have ranged from draconian to dismissive (at the state level, Colorado has classified construction as essential, but some counties have imposed restrictions on building activity), the crisis has hit the building industry with indiscriminate force. In this time of uncertainty, there are ways …

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Contributed ArticleDevelopmentEnergyFeature

Solar: Reducing OpEx and Increasing NOI During Uncertain Economic Times 

By John Shaw, commercial solar project developer at Namasté Solar. Namasté Solar is one of the longest-running solar companies in Colorado, with over 8,000 local homeowners, businesses, and commercial property owners as our customers. We recognize that our community is facing uncertainty and stress as a result of the coronavirus crisis. It’s a strange …

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Contributed ArticleRentRetail

Rent Relief for Retail Tenants During COVID-19: A Checklist for Landlords

By Ashley Wingfield, shareholder, and Blake Hansen, associate at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Denver As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic unfolds, retail locations globally are facing closures, business slowdowns and economic uncertainty. Accordingly, retail tenants and landlords are having difficult conversations regarding the possibility of rent relief. When approaching these discussions, landlords should keep …

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ArchitectureContributed ArticleFeatureSustainability

A Dose of Dopamine: Using Neuroarchitecture in Space Design to Support Wellbeing

By Marc Snyder, director of sustainability and associate principal at 4240 Architecture As a lot of us face a new normal during uncertain times, it is good to reflect on and realign to those aspects of our lives that contribute to positivity and good health — no matter where we may …

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Contributed ArticleDiversityFeature

Addressing Female Diversity in Real Estate: Is it a Pipeline Problem?

By Becky Zimmermann, president of Design Workshop March celebrates Women’s History Month which gives us a great opportunity to recognize and reflect on the efforts that have been made over the years to help women open doors and claim a seat at the table. It’s also a time to see what we …

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Contributed ArticleFeatureOfficeProperty Management

Landlords Can Create Inclusive and Profitable Tenancy Options

By Jason Shepherd, co-founder of Atlas Real Estate and REACTIV Commercial Real Estate (CRE) is on the cusp of profound change in vibrant markets like Denver. For too long, the norm has been to fill vacant space with yet another bank branch or chain restaurant rather than offering young creatives and entrepreneurs the …

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ArchitectureContributed Article

Is Now (Finally) the Time for Architects to Phone it in?

By Lauren Dundon, AIA, associate at Semple Brown Telecommuting — depending on who’s reporting — is either the death of collaboration, or the solution to unaffordable real estate. At least those were the two alternatives before our new reality of imminent contagion and social isolation: now the topic is evolving as …

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Contributed ArticleDiversityEngineeringFeature

Diversity in the Workforce: Claim Your Seat and Encourage Others to Claim Theirs

by Sheila Zappanti, PHR, Human Resources Manager, R&R Engineers-Surveyors, Inc. A company’s culture must be clear and deliberate, with one of the most important factors being its diversity culture. Like it or not, everyone has some level of unconscious bias around hiring and promoting staff. It is critical for a company to not …

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Contributed ArticleOffice

JE Dunn Moves into New Tower at Colorado Center

JE Dunn Construction’s West Region Headquarters has a new Denver home at Colorado Center Tower III at I-25 and Colorado Blvd. While they are not moving far, formerly residing in Colorado Center Tower I, this move is significant as JE Dunn served as the original general contractor for the 16-story Tower III office …

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