Architect of the Month: Deborah Tan Lucking, AIA, Director of Sustainability, Fentress Architects

Since joining Fentress Architects in 1996, Deborah Tan Lucking, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has focused on civic and cultural projects. Increasingly aware of the impact these buildings have on the environment and the community, she led the effort to solidify the firm’s sustainability approach. As Fentress’ director of sustainability, Deborah has managed …


Denver International Airport Passenger Terminal Lands AIA Colorado’s Twenty-Five Year Award

AIA Colorado has selected the Denver International Airport (DEN) Passenger Terminal as the recipient of the 2020 Twenty-five Year Award. As one of the most prestigious honors in Colorado’s built environment, the award is presented annually to a project that has “significantly influenced design and lifestyle in Colorado” and features …

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Vacant Property Coverage Amid COVID-19

By Morgan P. Mahoney Whether we see a V-shaped recovery or a swoosh, there are bound to be retailers and restaurants forced out of business in the next few months and perhaps beyond. Larger corporations, meanwhile, are increasingly embracing remote work. The consequence of all this is clear: commercial vacancy rates may be …


Using Drones as a Tool to Drive Public Engagement

By Sara Egan and Maddie Clark Landscape architects and planners have relied on Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAVs or drones) for site analysis, monitoring construction progress and benchmarking projects in recent years. Data and birds-eye imagery from drones can even enhance storytelling to bolster community engagement and deepen the clarity and …


Is Your Technology Ready for a Distributed Workforce?

By Marty Wilson After months of quarantine and self-isolation due to COVID-19, it’s evident that working from home is no longer an experiment. It’s an increasingly viable reality for many companies. Across the country, organizations and their newly remote teams have remained focused and kept productivity up, finding innovative ways to communicate, collaborate …

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Safe Harboring the 26% Solar Investment Tax Credit in 2020

By John Shaw, Commercial & Industrial Solar Developer at Namasté Solar Since it was enacted in 2006, the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) has helped support the growth of solar energy across the country by more than 10,000 percent, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. This tax credit, …


Lessons in Office Space Technology and Space Design

By Mary Kay Sunset, principal, Semple Brown, Marci Auston, principal, OfficeScapes, and Travis Deatherage, president, Linx Multimedia. A little more than 24 months ago, OfficeScapes and LINX opened their new Market Street Studio, designed by Semple Brown and OfficeScapes. The Studio is designed to create a new kind of hands-on, try-it-out collaborative …


New Crocs HQ Positions Company for Growth

By Katie Rapone, editor Iconic casual footwear manufacturer Crocs Inc., announced today the opening of its brand new state-of-the-art corporate headquarters in Broomfield, and the timing could not be better for Colorado’s economy. The approximately 90,000-square-foot facility will allow Crocs to significantly expand its ability to hire more full-time employees. The company has moved …


What’s Next for Office Space?

By Andrea Staucet, vice president, Agency Leasing, JLL Returning to a ‘new normal’ in the commercial office world is beginning to look different. According to Gensler’s 2020 US Work From Home Survey, encouraging reports show that most employees miss having the opportunity to interact with their colleagues face-to-face and are eager to …


Colorado Construction Cautiously Optimistic

By Katie Rapone, editor. At this time, commercial construction in our state appears to be ticking along nicely due to the industry being deemed “essential.” Local construction companies have tackled the pandemic with grace and resilience and fortunately most businesses remain relatively unaffected. However, much uncertainty remains surrounding what’s next …