Movers and Shakers Week Ending 01.22.21

Rowland+Broughton Welcomes Four New Team Members to Aspen and Denver Studios

Rowland+Broughton Architecture / Urban Design / Interior Design announced the addition of four new team members to their Aspen and Denver studios. Nikola Gradinski joins as project manager/project architect in Aspen, Andrea Orrego joins as project architect/project manager in Aspen, Jacob George joins as visual artist in Denver, and Julie Gillespie joins as executive assistant in Aspen.

Nikola Gradinski joins as project manager/project architect in Aspen, bringing with him over 18 years of experience in architecture, interior design and the built environment. Project types and program requirements include luxury hotels, resorts and destination spas, restaurants and clubs, flagship retail, high end residential, and product design. Prior to moving to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2019, during which time he worked on designing projects such as renovations to the Maroon Creek Club, he lived and worked in New York City for 17 years where he collaborated with several notable firms and designers, including pre-eminent hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany’s Tihany Design. During his tenure there, he collaborated with top hospitality brands on international projects in New York, London, Cape Town and Seoul.

Andrea Orrego joins as project architect/project manager in Aspen. A third-generation architect with over seven years of experience, she brings a diverse skillset, from developing brand aesthetics to delivering successful commercial projects and designing private residences that execute the client’s personal vision. The Chair and Founder of the Atelier Home Design App, Orrego most recently worked as an architect at Manchester Architects in Snowmass Village.

Jacob George joins as visual artist in Denver. A 3D artist and visualization specialist, he brings a background in lighting design and a diverse project history ranging from multi-family to healthcare and retail. Most recently, he worked with Davis Partnership Architects in Denver as a lighting designer and architectural designer.

Julie Gillespie joins as executive assistant in Aspen, bringing a variety of skills including client experience, administration support, community engagement and office administration. Her key objective is keeping the Aspen studio on track, organized and running smoothly while managing the daily flow of client interactions, team requests, and principal support. She previously worked for the City of Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House, providing support for the executive director while managing the year-round City of Aspen Grants program.

About the influx of new team members, R+B Principal Sarah Broughton shares, “We are thrilled to welcome these talented professionals to the R+B team in our Aspen headquarters and Denver LoDo studio. Their combined national and international experience, including with some high-profile studios, firms and clients, adds significantly to our overall capabilities and expands our range moving forward. Welcome all as we come together to design and execute so many exciting new projects in 2021!”


Dan Meitus appointed President of the Denver Metro Building Owners and Managers Association

Dan Meitus

Dan Meitus, a Denver real estate professional and president and CEO of Elevate Real Estate Services, has been named the president of the Denver Metro Building Owners and Managers Association for 2021 (BOMA). In this role, Meitus will head the excellent volunteer leadership of BOMA, who help the staff deliver the value BOMA provides to the industry. BOMA includes advocacy, education, networking, and service to the community, while supporting its members to be the best professionals they can be and continue to make a positive impact on the local economy.

“Denver Metro BOMA provides important resources and support to building owners, managers and vendors throughout the metro area, something that has become especially true during the challenges of the past year,” said Meitus, who owns and operates his own property management company, Elevate Real Estate Services.  “As we look forward to 2021, the commercial real estate industry will continue to confront unique challenges that we haven’t experienced before.  It will be critical for all of our members to work together and find solutions that will benefit the industry as a whole.  It’s my goal to help BOMA become an even greater resource to all of its members.”

As the oldest commercial real estate association in the Denver area — and one of the city’s oldest nonprofit organizations (founded in 1920) — Denver Metro BOMA is a nonprofit trade association representing owners and managers of commercial office and other commercial buildings. It provides information, advocacy, educational programs and networking to all members and is governed by a thirteen-member Board of Directors. It is one of the largest membership associations in the region, representing over 90,000,000 square feet—or nearly 80 percent—of Denver’s commercial real estate.


Andy Gordon promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Encore Electric

Andy Gordon

Encore Electric has named Andy Gordon chief operating officer at Encore Electric. As a 15-year Encore Electric employee, Andy has a history of contributing to the organization’s success through a number of roles in Colorado and Wyoming, starting as a journeyman electrician, moving to superintendent and other leadership positions.

“As we have grown, it has become increasingly more important to develop this role for the consistency of operations in our business,” said Encore Electric President Willis Wiedel. “Having Andy take on this role is great news for Encore. Andy lives our core values and has been a big part of establishing and helping to proliferate our culture. I’ve watched him work with our craftspeople, our support services, our leadership, and our customers, and I’m confident in his ability to take on the responsibilities of this new role.”

“Having the opportunity to work in multiple locations in the organization, I have developed a deep respect for the Encore Electric craftspeople and a strong understanding of our operations,” said Gordon. “I know there is much work ahead of me and many more relationships to build, and I’m honored to have this opportunity to continue my career in this capacity.”

Andy was previously the Director of Wyoming and Northern Colorado for Encore Electric, where he led client development and helped Encore Electric customers execute the most challenging construction projects. Known for his strong business acumen and use of advanced construction planning practices, Andy delivers results, whether in business development, project management, vendor relations or acting as a customer liaison.

As Chief Operating Officer, Andy will have the opportunity to bring his electrical construction expertise and business knowledge to the operations of the Encore Electric organization. He will work closely with business unit leaders from all over Encore Electric operations in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, as well as provide continuing value to the many customer relationships he has cultivated in prior roles.

Andy is a graduate of Western Michigan University in Electrical Engineering and Michigan State University in Electrical Technology. He earned his MBA in Business Administration from Colorado State University. He is a recent graduate of the Encore Electric Summit 2019 Leadership Program.

In 2017, he was selected by the National Independent Electrical Contractors Association for their Emerging Leaders Award. Andy was also recognized as a member of the 2017 Class of Northern Colorado BizWest’s 40 Under Forty.


Cecilia Hanover joins the Design Studio Interior Solutions team

Cecilia Hanover

Design Studio Interior Solutions (DSIS), a Boulder-based team of interior design experts for the residential and commercial real estate industry, is pleased to welcome Cecilia Hanover to its growing team of professionals. Cecilia joins the company as an interior architect and will be responsible for the design process in pre-construction, client relations, and new business development.

“We’re pleased to provide our clients and partners with the most talented design professionals in the industry, and the addition of Cecilia to our already outstanding team continues to bolster that effort,” said Judy Goldman, founder and CEO of Design Studio Interior Solutions. “We are providing services and a team of professionals that are highly respected in the industry.”

DSIS provides working design documents, with architectural detail included, from which clients can actually build.  The firm also has a procurement process that enables clients to fine-tune costs before any work begins, helping to avoid cost surprises, overruns, and delays.

Cecilia grew up in Northern Mexico where she developed a love for everything from Pre-Hispanic, to Colonial, to contemporary Mexican art and architecture. Through strong family and friendship bonds, she learned the enriching value of community and how all aspects of design contribute to this value.  She majored in Architecture at the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas, later focusing on architectural and commercial interiors, with the goal of improving the life experience of her clients through aesthetics.


Norris Design Appoints New Principals in Denver and Frisco Offices

Megan Testin
Mike Saucedo

Norris Design, a national planning, landscape architecture and branding firm, has announced the promotion of Mike Saucedo to principal in the Denver office and Megan Testin to principal in the Frisco Office.

Megan has over 16 years of professional experience in landscape architecture and parks and recreation planning in the mountains of Colorado, specializing in high-alpine design. Megan focuses on the health benefits of outdoor public spaces and third places, designing for active outdoor communities located in Summit County, Eagle County and throughout the Rocky Mountains.

Her current projects include Summit Sky Ranch, Maryland Creek Ranch Park, the Frisco Parks Master Plan and the Haymaker Trailhead Area Master Plan. An advocate for active lifestyles and a supporter of the arts, Megan is a member of Make Frisco,
a mountain art collective.

With more than 17 years of experience, Mike has spent most of his career building brands and creating multi-channel advertisements and promotions in the consumer packaged goods industry for companies like Kellogg’s, Coca-Cola, P&G, Nestle, Osprey, Blue Moon, Miller-Coors and Kohl’s. Mike led teams of brand strategists, creative designers, copywriters, project
managers and client service managers at The Integer Group, Resource Ammirati and Daymon Worldwide.

Since joining Norris Design, Mike has introduced an integrated design approach to Norris Design’s projects, spearheading the practice of creating places with a singular expressive vision. Integrating Norris Design’s research and analysis, visioning, brand positioning, brand identity development and brand activation services into every aspect of design, Mike enables both clients and designers to tell stories through a singular, cohesive brand.

Mike’s current projects in Colorado include Arras Park, Foote’s Rest, Proximo at Pena Station, The Water Valley Company and Miller’s Landing.


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