Movers and Shakers Week Ending 08.04.23

St. John Properties, Inc. Selects Allen Rutherford as Director of Construction 

 Allen Rutherford

St. John Properties, Inc., a commercial real estate development and management company active in 11 states, and with a national portfolio valued at more than $5 billion, has selected Allen Rutherford as director of construction in the firm’s Colorado regional office. Formerly Senior Project Manager for CFC Construction, Rutherford brings more than 25 years of diversified real estate construction management experience to this position.

Rutherford’s responsibilities will entail overseeing all day-to-day operations of the company’s in-house construction division including oversight of ground-up construction management activities and the selection of third-party subcontractors for all new buildings developed by St. John Properties in the greater Denver metropolitan region. This includes interacting with project managers, subcontractors, and design vendors, as well as establishing and maintaining budgets for each construction project and seeing projects to their successful completion.

Throughout his career, Rutherford has handled construction and project management roles for companies such as Catamount Contractors, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Fransen Pittman General Contractors and W.E. O’Neil Construction. He successfully managed on-site crews and delivered a variety of real estate asset classes including commercial office structures, public facilities and highly-specialized buildings utilized by end-users such as Lockheed Martin, the University of Colorado and Colorado State University. Rutherford earned a degree in Engineering and Construction Management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

This summer, St. John Properties initiated development activities on Simms Technology Park, a nearly 81-acre mixed-use business community in Broomfield that, upon completion, is expected to support nearly 600,000 square feet of single-story, multi-story, and flex/R&D space, in addition to complementary retail amenities.

Forte Commercial Real Estate Announces New Hire Andrew Baird to Lead Re-launch of Manufacturing Practice and Expansion of Arts Nonprofit & Creative Industry Sector Practices 

 Andrew Baird

Forte Commercial Real Estate today announced the appointment of Andrew Baird to co-lead the re-launch of the company’s Manufacturing Practice and the expansion of the Arts Nonprofit and Creative Industries Sector Practices. Forte CRE is a Denver-based corporate and nonprofit advisory firm that supports client real estate needs through a mission-centric and sector-focused approach.

“Forte has a breadth and depth of experience in manufacturing, having served the industry for more than 25 years,” said Dustin Whistler, principal of Forte CRE. “We’re also seeing high growth in our Nonprofit Practice where we offer a curated set of nonprofit-specific offerings. We’re thrilled to have Andrew on the team to lead these practices.”

Andrew’s diverse background began at DaVita Healthcare Partners’ renowned Redwoods Leadership Development program as an operational analyst and then moved to the payor contracting team as a financial analyst in Los Angeles, CA. While in Los Angeles, Andrew was involved with the production of many high-budget and high-profile productions with Armory Films, as well as several independent feature films throughout the U.S. and abroad. In June 2023, Andrew completed his MBA with the University of Denver.

“I’m excited to work with Forte to bring my experience to commercial real estate,” said Andrew Baird. “My passion and dedication to delivering exceptional client service paired with my well-developed analytical skills, financial acumen, and strategic insights, positions me well for this next step. I’m excited to enable our clients’ good deeds, innovations, advancements, and good community work that make our world a better place through our work with businesses and nonprofits alike.”

Hoff & Leigh Continues Growth with New Broker

 Michael Crawford

Hoff & Leigh Denver, a local commercial real estate company, is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Crawford as commercial retail investment specialist and asset manager to the agency.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Mr. Crawford started his professional career in the banking industry in commercial asset management. He transitioned to commercial real estate in 2017 where he has utilized his financial expertise and real estate knowledge to identify investment opportunities and guide clients through the acquisition, disposition, and management of
commercial properties.

“We are excited to continue to grow our team with people like Michael,” said Brandon Langiewicz, Hoff & Leigh Denver branch president. “His sales experience, professionalism and personal drive will positively impact our growth in the Denver commercial real estate market.”

Michael Crawford can be reached at 720-572-5187 or Hoff & Leigh Denver is located at 6454 S Quebec Street, Centennial, CO. Hoff & Leigh operates commercial real estate brokerage offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Northeast Ohio.

Michael Aller, AIA, LEED AP Joins Collab Architecture

 Michael Aller

Collab Architecture, a Windsor-based firm dedicated to ensuring a positive impact on the communities they design for, recently hired experienced architect Michael (Mick) Aller on a part-time basis to serve as their dedicated QA/QC manager. Mick’s expertise and attention to detail, along with the professional relationships he’s cultivated during his tenure throughout Northern Colorado will be of great value to the firm as they continue to outpace growth projections.

Mick’s diverse architectural experience spans the Commercial, Municipal, University, and single-family housing sectors, but his specialty lies in the areas of university and commercial retail and office space work. His time at Colorado State University’s Fort Collins campus has provided opportunities to contribute significantly to the on-campus culture via the sports and entertainment complex, on-campus housing facilities, and various specialized education buildings. From the Moby Arena Additions and on-campus Academic and Training Center to the International House and University Village Student Housing Center, to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Master Plan, you will find Mick’s impact across the CSU campus.

Mick brings over 30 years of experience in architecture, master planning, project management, business management, and LEED design concepts to the Collab team. His command of architecture as evidenced by his project list along with the multitude of awards received over the years positions him perfectly to take on the role of designated QA/QC manager for the firm and will be an invaluable resource for the design team.

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