Movers and Shakers Week of 04.09.18

Movers and Shakers

White Construction Group Promotes Veteran Chris Haugen to President

Chris Haugen

White Construction Group is promoting Chris Haugen, a 21 year veteran of the company, to president. Chris joined the firm in 1997 as a carpenter looking for short-term employment.  After a year and a half, he was asked to complete a project as a superintendent. Following that endeavor, he attended the University of Florida Project Manager Academy and was brought into the office as a project manager and estimator. Over the course of the last 21 years at White, Chris has served as in a wide variety of positions including carpenter, project manager, estimator, senior estimator and most recently, vice president of business development.

“There’s a time when you just need to let the next generation take over what you’ve started,” says Tim White.  “We’re not naïve to the fact that we’re in a fast-changing time and that requires a lot of talent and energy.  We’re very fortunate as an organization to have those people on board.”

Tim White, founder and former President, and Doug Decker, 28 year veteran and former vice president will transition out of daily operations and into board level positions of chairman and vice chairman of the board, respectively. Far from retiring, Tim and Doug intend to continue developing real estate opportunities both in the metro Denver area and across the country.

While the public announcement has just been made, the transition at White has been in the works over the last several years. Over that time, White has experienced significant growth and taken on extremely noteworthy projects.  Between 2015 and 2016, revenues increased 43 percent and then another 23 percent between 2016 and 2017.  Plans for 2018 and the immediate future include much more modest growth projections between 5 and 10 percent annually. Recently acclaimed projects include Zeppelin Station, Stanley Marketplace and STEAM on the Platte.

“The culture here at White Construction Group has always been one of entrepreneurial development, both in terms of projects, but also in terms of people,” says Haugen.  “I have been blessed to find an environment where people are given opportunities to stretch themselves and challenged with interesting work.  We fully intend to continue this legacy into the future – building and developing captivating community both within the company and throughout the built environment.”   

As an innovative, built-environment partner, White Construction Group strives to develop, build and deliver projects beyond client expectations. WCG has specialized in community-focused, commercial construction, design-build, and adaptive re-use projects in the Rocky Mountain region for over 33 years.

Humphries Poli Architects Promotes Three Staff to Associates

Over the past 24 years, Humphries Poli Architects (HPA) has been proud to be an integral part of Colorado’s building evolution. Locally owned and operated and located in the heart of Capital Hill, HPA strives to “make a difference” in our community through stunning and thoughtful design.

The firm’s talented staff of 27 designers and administrative staff work collaboratively with their clients and project partners to produce award winning solutions.  The firm and leadership has been consistently recognized as setting a benchmark in the areas of design, leadership, professional practice and community service.  Perhaps most notable among these achievements is the AIA Western Mountain Region Firm of the Year Award.  This distinction follows HPA’s past selection as AIA Colorado Firm of the Year and the AIA Denver Firm of the Year. These acknowledgements are among over 70 awards HPA has received.

Humphries Poli Architects (HPA) is an acclaimed architectural practice with a talented staff of 26 designers and administrative staff who work collaboratively with our clients and project partners to produce award winning solutions.

Associates are tasked with providing leadership in one or more of the following areas: design, technology, sustainability, finances, marketing, project management, and employee health/happiness. As well as collaboration with the Principals on the direction of the firm.

These new Associates have shown they are: market and thought leaders, inspire confidence/technical/design potential in staff, are effective firm representatives, live the mission and values, maintain a positive attitude, demonstrate integrity, and identify & solve problems proactively.

Alex McCann
Fabio Ospino
Max McCloskey

Alex McCann, Associate – Alex  McCann  first  joined  Humphries  Poli  Architects  as  an  intern  in  June  2008,  and then returned to HPA in 2013 upon completion of graduate school in his native country of England. In that time, he acquired degrees from both University of Northumbria and Leeds Metropolitan University, where he was awarded the highest level of honors. Alex is an award winning designer/thinker and still regards himself as a ‘maker’. Alex  is  a  keen  believer  in  place-making,  and  he  sees  architecture  as  a  process  as much as a product. He believes that successful architecture is a design which responds to its context and immediate landscape.

Fabio Ospino, Associate Studio Director –  Fabio recently joined Humphries Poli after eighteen years working for an international architectural firm. His experience cultivated organizational, estimating, budgeting, resource management, planning and multi-tasking skills. Fabio brings expertise in architecture, interior design, construction methods, client relations, and business development.  He holds a Masters of Photography from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain and is expected to receive his Masters of Science in Project Management from Florida International University shortly.

Max McCloskey, Associate, AIA, LEED GA –  As an architect at Humphries Poli Architects, Max brings a commitment to design excellence, a wealth of experience to the profession, and has a deep interest in engaging with his community through architecture. After gaining his Masters of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Max discovered his passion for inspired K-12 school design.  He prides himself on clear communication, vision, and dedication to client satisfaction and inspires others to realize that same success. Max has recently become the recipient of the 2018 Hobart D. Wagener, FAIA Traveling Scholarship. He will travel to Scandinavia to research innovative learning environments.

Wade Fletcher Joins Cushman & Wakefield

Wade Fletcher

Wade Fletcher, managing director, has joined Cushman & Wakefield partnering with Mike Kboudi and Jim Capecelatro to expand their land advisory practice.

“The addition of Wade strengthens the already preeminent land advisory team Mike and Jim have built,” said Steve Schwab, managing principal. “We couldn’t be happier to have Wade on our team.”

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Fletcher worked at Newmark for 11 years. He brings a wealth of experience in land sales with specific expertise on urban infill, buyer representation and mixed-use development opportunities in the Denver market. Fletcher graduated from Columbia University where he studied Political Science and International Relations as well as NYU with a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Investment and Analysis.


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