Movers and Shakers Week Ending 06.04.21
Rowland+Broughton Architecture / Urban Design / Interior Design announced this week that four associate team member have become owners in the firm. Associates Craig Lawrence, AIA, Will Otte, LEED, Leslie Cope, IIDA, and Steve Harris, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, became owners alongside Founders John Rowland, AIA, NCARB and Sarah Broughton, AIA, NCARB, NCIDQ.
R+B Owner and Project Manager Craig Lawrence, AIA, has nearly fifteen years of experience in the field of architecture and construction, working on high-end residential, hospitality, multifamily housing, and commercial projects. He is currently engaged in a variety of historic preservation and institutional projects, including the Resnick Center of Herbert Bayer Studies and Boettcher Building in Aspen, R+B’s historic Denver Studio and the addition to the Mesa Building in Aspen.
Acknowledging his promotion to owner, Lawrence notes, “The owner position represents the opportunity to contribute to R+B’s success on a deeper level across all aspects of the Studio: from amazing projects to business strategy to team coaching. It is a wonderful and humbling chance to rededicate myself to success and leadership!”
R+B Owner and Project Manager Will Otte, LEED AP BD+C, has 12 years of experience working in the field of architecture. Over his tenure at R+B, he has grown from an initial role as an emerging professional to team leader and mentor in the Denver studio, along the way achieving LEED AP certification in building design and construction. His design sensibilities have led to the design and construction of commercial projects such as Victorian Square Building in Aspen, hospitality projects such as Hotel Jerome and Doubletree Park City, and an installation for Biennale Architettura in Venice (unrealized due to the outbreak of COVID-19, but hopeful to exhibit in 2022).
“It’s definitely an honor, and a great opportunity,” says Otte about becoming an owner. “I feel very fortunate to be in a position where I can support both R+B as a company, and R+B as a culture. It’s a huge achievement to have started as an emerging professional, then work my way through the firm to a leadership position – all while remaining true to the aspects of architecture that I’m passionate about, great design and happy clients!”
R+B Owner and Project Manager Leslie Cope, IIDA, is involved in a variety of hospitality and high-end residential projects. As a leader in R+B’s studios, she was instrumental in the design of Matsuhisa Denver and Narrative restaurant, condominium residences Waterfront Loft, Mountain Loft, and Architect Retreat, and private residences McLain Flats, The Lookout and Modern Prairie.
“This promotion to Owner exudes R+B’s trust of the team, opportunities for growth, embrace of change during a total shift in society and the work life, and an overall great leap of faith towards the future of the firm,” shares Cope. “I am charged, empowered, and excited to continue to embrace these shifts to the norm, with the rest of my team, and help lead us to a great future for us all, and for design.”
R+B Owner and Project Manager Steve Harris, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, leads design teams on a variety of project scale and complexity. He has been instrumental in the design direction of several R+B projects including Farm Collaborative, a net zero educational facility, and the revitalization of the Main Street Bakery.
“Becoming an owner and having the opportunity to be a part of the leadership team at R+B is humbling and rewarding, Harris notes. “When I came to R+B a year and a half ago, I was looking for a place to spend the rest of my career. Now, with their investment in me and my investment in the firm, I’m excited to help carry forward what John and Sarah have constructed and seeing how, together, we can all expand our horizons for the future.”
About the four new Owners, R+B Principal Sarah Broughton shares, “Ever since John and I started R+B in 2003, a goal was to have additional partners, so we are extremely happy and pleased to welcome Craig, Will, Leslie and Steve as owners. We could not think of better partners to have. We look forward to the future and continuing to serve our clients by delivering lasting, impactful design.”
CBRE Promotes Andrew Sullivan to Vice President with Valuation & Advisory Services in Denver
CBRE announced that Andrew Sullivan has been promoted to Vice President with Valuation & Advisory Services in Denver.
Mr. Sullivan is a real estate appraiser whose work has spanned multiple U.S. markets and property types, including office, retail, multifamily, industrial and land. Mr. Sullivan has conducted appraisals on commercial properties in 29 states over his career to date. He is a Colorado Certified General Appraiser and a designated Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI). Mr. Sullivan holds a master’s degree in Real Estate from Texas A&M University.
Anthem Structural Engineers—with offices in Golden, Boulder, and Steamboat Springs—has hired talented new Project Engineer, Casey Casias, P.E.
She fell in love with Colorado after earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado Boulder, so returned to the Front Range to establish her roots as soon as she wrapped up her time at Notre Dame. Because of her love for the region, she enjoys projects that allow her to contribute to the beauty and safety of the community, and to the greater Colorado Rocky Mountain region.
Casey believes in the importance of good communication and clear goals when developing structural designs for commercial buildings and residences alike, and greatly values the relationships developed through the design process. Additionally, her passion for design really comes through as projects rise out of the ground into tangible creations through the construction process. As a project engineer on our team, she develops detailed calculations for our projects and collaborates closely with architectural partners to craft structural designs that support the overall aesthetic and functional goals of each unique assignment.
Dominion Water & Sanitation District welcomes Andrea Cole as General Manager
Dominion Water & Sanitation District (DWSD), a wholesale water, wastewater and stormwater provider for northwest Douglas County, is pleased to welcome Andrea Cole as the organization’s general manager. Ms. Cole will continue to advance DWSD foundational goals through thought leadership on water sustainability in Douglas County.
The DWSD water portfolio is based on renewable supplies echoing the vision of Douglas County of shifting reliance from non-renewable sources. This vision is shared by DWSD customer Sterling Ranch, which has achieved effective conservation and demand management planning measures in its community leading by example for future customers of DWSD. With an eye to the future, DWSD is piloting the first rainwater harvesting program in the state of Colorado. In addition, DWSD is partnering with stakeholders in the basin to find a regional solution for wastewater.
“This is an exciting time for DWSD and Colorado and I’m proud to take the helm of DWSD and look forward to working with stakeholders and regional partners to advance the goals and vision of this strong organization,” stated Ms. Cole.
Andrea brings extensive experience in water in Colorado and across the country having led several complex water programs advancing sustainability goals. She is an effective communicator who engages stakeholders and works collaboratively with partners to find solutions to challenges.