Designer Volleyball League Going Strong After 42 Years

By Nancy Kristof, president, Message Matters When some designers at a few Denver-area architecture firms decided to decompress from the studio by getting together to play volleyball at Washington Park back in 1979, they started a local AEC industry tradition that’s still going strong today after more than 40 years. Now a …

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Denver-Based OLC Celebrates 60th Anniversary

By Stuart Ohlson and Hervey Lavoie, founders of OLC On June 15, 1961, mere years after growing up and playing on a dirt road called Colorado Boulevard, Stuart Ohlson hung up his shingle and started Stuart Ohlson and Associates. Working from an office he designed just across the street from East High School, …


Beer Spa Opening in Denver’s Five Points

A new spa concept is set to open this week in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. Beer Spa by Snug, a modern, beer-centric  day spa, includes four private Beer Therapy Rooms and a high-tech relaxation lounge, alongside a ten-tap self-pour taproom. Owners and husband-and-wife team, Jessica French and Damien Zouaoui decided to collaborate …


New Sports Entertainment Experience to Open at McGregor Square

Denver’s sports fans rejoiced this week at the news that Tom’s Watch Bar, the new sports watching entertainment experience,  will open a new Denver location at McGregor Square. The new location will feature a giant stadium screen, 360° viewing room with over 100 screens, signature cocktails, dozens of craft beers, as …


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 …


RiNo Art District Seeks Funding for Development of RiNo Art Park

The RiNo Art District is currently seeking funding for the development of the RiNo Art Park in River North. The three-acre park will be located at 35th and Arkins Court and will become a hub for recreation, creativity, learning, dining and entertainment. Collegiate Peaks Bank has secured $3 million in construction financing for refurbishment of the existing vacant …


Pinkard Construction Begins Thornton Recreation Center Renovation

The City of Thornton, Pinkard Construction and Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative (OLC), have begun renovations of the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center. The newly renovated recreation center will total 11,873 square feet, with an estimated design and construction cost of $13 million. The completed facility will include a new six-lane lap pool with …


Mortenson Completes $47.4M Recreation Modification at Chatfield Reservoir  

Mortenson, a top-20 U.S. builder, developer, and engineering services provider with nearly four decades of experience in Colorado, today announced substantial completion on the $47.4 million Chatfield Storage Reallocation – Recreation Modification Project. Upon final approval requirements from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the project will have created an …


Centerra to Welcome NORCO Volleyball Club

Centerra, McWHINNEY’s award‐winning 3,000‐acre master‐planned community located in Loveland, joins NORCO Volleyball Club in announcing its relocation into the master-planned community. The Rocky Mountain region’s premier volleyball club will expand into a 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art volleyball gym, planned to open in the fall of 2020. NORCO Volleyball Club’s relocation from its …


Iconic Denver Apartment Community Completes $1.2M Renovation

DENVER — Spyglass Hill Apartments — an iconic 573-unit Denver apartment community, serving approximately 1,500 residents — has completed a $1.2 million, two-phase renovation project that includes a new luxury open space and community center. Built in the 1970s, Spyglass Hill was purchased by Arel Capital in 2016 and is managed by …