Setting Sustainable Goals: A Guide for Architecture and Design Firms

By Julie Edwards, OZ Architecture These days, sustainability is on peoples’ minds. How can we use less water? How can we reduce our carbon footprint? How can we cut down on waste? These types of questions are becoming more important for architects and designers when approaching clients about sustainability efforts. In fact, a …


Getting Uncomfortable with Sustainability

By Drew Allen, AIA, project architect at Perkins + Will and chair of the AIA Colorado Member Voice Committee What does a sustainable building look like? Solar panels, green walls, LED lightbulbs, and plenty of recycling and compost bins probably come to mind. At this point, these strategies are effective and often common …

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Broker of the Month: Mike Wafer, Jr., Associate Director, Newmark Knight Frank

Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) Associate Director Mike Wafer, Jr. specializes in providing tenant, landlord and investment representation services focusing on the industrial/flex market throughout the Denver metropolitan area. He has expertise in complex build-to-suits, business park development and redevelopment assets. In 2018, Wafer participated in 45 transactions and has increased year-over-year production by …

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Workplace Wellness: Inside Hord Coplan Macht’s New Denver Office

By Lyn Eller, AIA, LEED AP, principal, Hord Coplan Macht It is growing ever easier for employees to spend less time in the workplace as the ease of remote computing and working from home increases. This is a challenge for collaborative firms like ours, and one that Hord Coplan Macht has taken …


Key Questions for your GC and Yourself

By Steve Rogers, president, 8020 Builders Thinking ahead is the job — and duty — of a general contractor. Their ability to plan for challenges before they occur on a job site and predict where problems may exist, will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. This …

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Confluent Development’s Celeste Tanner: The Rewards of Diversity

By Marshall Burton, president and CEO of Confluent Development The benefits of diversity within the workplace are undeniable, and the workforce continues to see a rise in women who hold executive positions across industries. This progress is owed to both the female leaders who have forged this trail as well as those …

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Breaking Through the Barriers of Gender Bias

By Katie Rapone “The days of commercial real estate being an ‘old boys club’ are over,” said Jana Turner, principal, RETS Associates and a former executive of a Fortune 500 global CRE company. Women are more empowered than ever before to make their mark on the industry, to stand up …


Architect of the Month: Zachary Taylor, AIA, Taylor Architecture & Design, LLC

In 2014, Zach founded Taylor Architecture & Design, a full service architectural design firm specializing in design-build and design-bid-build projects for retail, hospitality, industrial, commercial, warehouse, office/warehouse, office, educational and religious facilities. Zach has a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University and a Master of Architecture from University of Colorado Denver. He …


The Best of Both Worlds: The Challenge of Being an Architect and a Mother

By Marisa Pooley, APR, Marketing & Communications manager; AIA Colorado Being both a mother and an architect is a challenge without a one-size-fits-all solution. For some, it’s about finding a firm which allows part-time or flexible schedules. For others, it’s about advocating for family leave policies within their workplace and finding good …


Denver Rock Drill Set to be the Finest Example of Industrial Adaptive Reuse

By Katie Rapone When the one-of-a-kind development Denver Rock Drill breaks ground in the fourth quarter of 2019, the vibrant new mixed-use community will both preserve and revitalize two city blocks — a 700,000-square-foot site in Denver’s historic Cole neighborhood. Not only will the development include 550,000 square feet of brand-new ground-up …