Grow or Die: Apartment Locating Startup Doubles Down on Denver

By Cassie Brown, CEO/Founder Smart City  Most companies approached the pandemic with a “cut back or die” mindset – and the reason why is obvious. It’s safe. Eventually, if they play their cards right, they will be able to make up all their losses. The problem with “cut back or die,” however, …


Reaping the Benefits of Diversity in Lighting Design

By Sarah Erickson, principal, partner, LS Group This past year has come with tremendous change. From the Denver market to the global stage, there have been countless opportunities within the commercial real estate industry to show our resilience and ingenuity. With a bit of light at the end of the tunnel and …


Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2021: ULI Report

By Katie Rapone, editor Mile High CRE The Urban Land Institute’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2021 report highlights the trends shaping the real estate industry. The report, which includes proprietary data and insights from more than 1,600 leading real estate industry experts, explores how COVID-19 accelerated many existing trends …


Tres Birds Reclamation Project Reinvents Boulder Office Building

Denver-based planning, architecture and general contracting firm, Tres Birds, recently reclaimed a nondescript brick 1980s office park building in Boulder and transformed it into an inspiring place to work. The space — designed to maximize both human and environmental health — is currently unoccupied and seeking a new tenant. The reclamation project …


Improving Social, Physical and Emotional Health Through Intentional Design

By Laurel Raines, Dig Studio, president | founder A national competition sponsored by Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) in 2012 invited the design community to “re-imagine play” and help radically transform Denver’s playgrounds. By liberating play equipment from typical defined bubbles of space and spreading play opportunities throughout park environments, people of all …


Q&A with Scott Farrell, President of i2 Construction

Scott Farrell, LEED AP, is president and partner at Denver-based i2 Construction, a full service general contractor with a focus on complex commercial construction projects — ranging from brand forward corporate interiors and technical medical/laboratory facilities, to new building construction and exterior additions/improvements. While embracing his roots of growing up in a …


2021 Outlook: Five Trends Influenced by Covid-19

By Becky Zimmermann The global impact of the novel coronavirus will not be known for years. COVID-19 has changed the way society lives and works, how schools function and children receive their education, how businesses operate, how real estate development decisions are made, and how connections occur without in-person interaction. While many lessons …

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Avenida Partners Embraces New Tech to Improve Safety of Amenity Spaces

By Autymn Rubal, special projects manager with CFC Construction During a global pandemic, community gathering spaces become higher-risk environments. Communities worldwide need to determine best practices for safely reopening these spaces. The hurdles to reopening appear even more challenging against the backdrop of an economic recession, when every business must strive to make …

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Commercial Solar: The Demand for and Marketability of Green Buildings

By John Shaw Green buildings are no longer a niche category, and the increasing adoption rate speaks to their many benefits. Commercial property owners can be leaders in the sustainable commercial building movement, especially with solar. Soon, however, green design will be the norm instead of the exception, and property …


Potential CRE Tax Implications for 2021

By Blaire Butler and Peter Keepper, Essex Financial Group As the presidential election concludes, commercial real estate investors are now strategizing for the future impacts of new taxation policies under a different administration. It is worth prefacing this article with the fact that these changes/proposals are all preliminary at this point, as there …