New in the Neighborhood - The Economist Tour

The Studio PBA staff was invited to tour a new development called the Economist that we’ve been keeping an eye on as it neighbors our office to the West. The Economist, designed by OZ Architecture is located at 1575 Humboldt Street. Mr. Barry Hirschfeld kindly led our tour.

This project features two buildings consisting of 97 micro unit studio and one bedroom layouts ranging from 291 to 588 square feet respectively. The exterior features a dark hardiboard shingles and protruded metal trim while the split section between the two buildings features work from local street artists with vibrant shingles of warm color creating welcoming amenity spaces. The units boast high ceilings with lots of natural light, full-sized washer and dryer units and lofted spaces to make these smaller than average units feel open. This project already has residents in approximately 25% of its units with the second building expected to be completed this winter. The Economist amenities include a gym, community lounge, meeting space and a rooftop patio with expansive views.

New Construction Update of Colab Apartments via DenverInfill

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Ken Schroeppel with DenverInfill has added another great blog chronicling the construction progress of CoLab Apartments at 10th and Osage in the La Alma-Lincoln Park neighborhood. Read the blog post here:

For more information on leasing at Colab:


Studio PBA has finished the renovation of the Courtyard by Marriott at DIA. The project is a 102,000 square foot renovation and hotel brand conversion. The hotel, now a Courtyard brand under the Marriott International family of hotels, was formerly a Country Inn & Suites. Studio PBA was tasked with bringing updates to the 6-story exterior façade, 139 guest rooms, and entryway and lobby. Additions included a new and modern courtyard, which was accomplished by filling in an existing pool. An extensive MEP renovation updated the building systems to be more energy efficient, widen the hallways and add technological amenities to cater to business travelers.

For more information and a look at project images, click here.

Modera River North Project Wrap Up

Modera River North, the latest collaboration between Studio PBA and MIll Creek Residential, is all wrapped up. We are proud of this project in the fast-growing River North Arts District of Denver. Modera River North features 182 units, a generous indoor/outdoor fitness area looking west toward the mountains, and a second floor clubroom opening out to the pool/spa courtyard. For more information on the specs of the project, click here.

Enjoy the final photos of the project and for more information on leasing, check out the Modera River North website:

Aria Cohousing Submitted for AIA Colorado and Denver Awards

Studio PBA recently submitted Aria Cohousing, an affordable for-sale condomunium project in the Chaffee Park neighborhood of Denver, for an AIA award at the Denver/Colorado level.

The awards banquet was held September 7, and although we did not win, we wanted to share this submittal and project one more time, as it has had a unique impact on the lives of almost 60 indivuduals and the surrounding neighborhood.

To see our full AIA submittal and read about the Aria Coshousing, click here.

Studio PBA Teams Up with The Morrison Group for Crested Butte Affordable Housing

 The Paradise Park project will feature 25 units of affordable housing in downtown Crested Butte.  Rendering provided by Studio PBA.

The Paradise Park project will feature 25 units of affordable housing in downtown Crested Butte. Rendering provided by Studio PBA.

Studio PBA is teaming up with The Morrison Group, led by Lynn Crist, to pursue an affordable housing project in Crested Butte called Paradise Park.  The proposed project will feature 25 affordable units, ranging from 1 BR to 3 BR. 

The team, led by developer Lynn Crist of the Morrison Group, has prepared a conceptual design and plan for the units, which will meet the Town of Crested Butte’s demand for affordable housing.  Project goals include ensuring that the community’s residents are successful in attaining long-term safe and energy efficient housing; creating residences that enable dwellers to be active members of their community; and provide units for Town employees who might otherwise be forced to live outside Crested Butte boundaries. 

The Morrison Group is supported by Studio PBA, who will provide architecture services, Norris Design for landscape architecture, and local Crested Butte contractor Lair & Gross Builders.

For many on the team, creating a better Crested Butte is at the heart of this project.  “I lived and worked in Crested Butte for seven years in the 90’s, so I understand firsthand the local economy, the drive to make this your home, and the difficulty in purchasing a house. Now coupling that with affordable housing experience in other similar communities, I am excited to help make a significant impact on the futures of 27 Crested Butte individuals, couples, and families,” said Kathy Parker of Studio PBA.

This project strikes a chord with both Kathy Parker, Studio PBA’s Principal in Charge of this project, and Lynn Crist, who both have a history of collaboration providing affordable housing options to more people. 

 “I have spent my career acquiring the skills necessary to be a successful developer, however in 2006 I was introduced to what would become my new passion: affordable housing.  Since then, I have chosen to focus my talents, resources and efforts on providing affordable housing in communities in need.  I am immensely excited to being considered as a potential developer for the Paradise Park affordable housing in Crested Butte.  It is truly a project I have dreamed of building,” said Lynn Crist of the Morrison Group. 

The development team will present their conceptual design and plans at a public Town Council meeting on September 17, 2018 at 7PM in the Crested Butte Town Hall.  All are invited to join and share in this important project as the development team is selected. 



 AMLI Riverfront Green is located in Denver's Riverfront Park neighborhood at 1750 Little Raven St. Denver, CO 80202.

AMLI Riverfront Green is located in Denver's Riverfront Park neighborhood at 1750 Little Raven St. Denver, CO 80202.

Studio PBA's latest collaboration with AMLI Residential is now leasing.  AMLI Riverfront Green is uniquely situated on one of the last remaining sites in the Platte River Valley District where it transitions from Commons Park to nearby higher density neighborhoods.  It is an area that continues to evolve into a vibrant live/work/play environment that attracts a wide variety of people.  Our project celebrates this diversity by offering both townhome style living and higher density apartments with varying unit plans.  The units fronting Little Raven Street are 5 story, and are scaled down to meet the Park opposite the site while the 7 story apartment building steps up in scale.  Brick facades floating above the ground plane and enlarged outdoor living spaces at grade help create an active and lively pedestrian zone at street level.  Traditional materials of brick, stucco, and stone are contrasted with colored, glazed bricks that anchor the corners of the building.  Their harmonious integration reflects the current Riverfront Park neighborhood with a nod to future development in the area.    AMLI Riverfront Green features studio, 1- and 2-bedroom options.  Amenities include a club room, cyber cafe, fitness center, pool, and sun deck.

The apartments are leasing NOW for a December 2018 move in.  Get them while they are hot!  Cick HERE for more info on leasing.

Alta Green Mountain is Under Way in Lakewood, Colorado


First boundaries get marked; then the plot is cleaned; then the site is prepared per the layout in the drawings.  Months pass, dirt is moved, utilities are laid, pipes put in place, and then finally things start to go vertical. 

Studio PBA has been working with long time client Wood Partners to prepare the site of the Alta Green Mountain project in Lakewood, Colorado for several months.  Engineers and contractors have their work cut out for them as they battle Colorado’s summer storms (this site has seen what some have called a 200-year flood) and intense heat as the groundwork is laid for the planned multi family residential project. 

Now retaining walls are going up, pipes are going in, and the site is being primed so that construction workers can begin laying a foundation for this much-needed residential project. 

Alta Green Mountain is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb to the west of Denver and just moments away from the Rocky Mountain foothills.  True to its name, Alta Green Mountain is not only situated just blocks away from William F. Hayden Green Mountain Park, and when finished, will support fantastic sweeping views of the rolling green foothills to the West and downtown Denver to the East. 

The 260-unit multi-family apartment project is spread out over 10 residential buildings.  The unit mix includes studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units ranging in size from 706 SF to 1,341 SF.  Residents will enjoy one parking space per bedroom, in addition to 131 designated bicycle spaces.  Parking options include a large number of tuck-under garage spaces, in addition to tandem driveway parking, and surface parking.  The site features multiple resident amenities, including a pool, luxury clubhouse with co-working space and a full fitness center, indoor dog wash facilities and a resident dog park, bike workshop, and several grilling areas. 

The site may not look like much just yet.  Wood Partners has been dedicated to documenting construction of their projects with drone footage which will allow us to see exactly how assemblies progress.  Not only is it visually interesting, but it can potentially help eliminate the need for as many drastic or late in the game change orders.  We are looking forward to sharing the images going forward as this project progresses towards its Spring 2020 completion!

Studio PBA Finishes Second Place in Denver Design League Kickball

The 2018 Design League Kickball season began in April and Paul's Ball Army (PBA) was looking to advance beyond the first round of the playoffs and outperform any previous team.  

Starting off 3-0, the team was poised to place high in bracket rankings.  Mid season slumps hit hard, but the team rallied after the All-Star break to head into the playoffs. With a record of 5-5, the team was seeded very low, but this did not discourage PBA.  Aftera double header victory rally in the first and second round of playoffs, PBA successfully advanced to the Championship game.

On July 24, 2018, PBA squared off with the undefeated KTGY.  After over 90 minutes of intense game-play, several grand slams, even more spilled beers, and a 25 minute rain delay, KTGY squeaked out a 27-26 victory, with Studio PBA finishing in second place for the season.

The 2018 team consisted of a rotating roster of men and women from the Studio PBA, including:
Aaron Rule, Adam Acree, Chris Fuller, Andrew Hjelmstad, Cy Bergner, JJ Richardson, Jack Nelson, Gina Metge, Tearar Chan, and Martha Jaworowski.  Also on the team were several folks from BurkettEUA and friends of Paul's Ball Army.  

Thank you to everyone who made the 2018 season possible, including our fearless leader Paul!  Training for the 2019 has begun and we have our sights set on winning the cup!  

New Summer Photography for Aria Cohousing

Aria Cohousing, a 28-unit cohousing project in Northwest Denver, opened last fall and the community is thriving.  This summer we had the opportunity to photograph the community and building in action.  Check out our new photographs from photographer Paul Brokering!

And for more information on the Aria community, visit their website:

Alta Pinehurst Celebrates Grand Opening

 Representatives from Studio PBA, including founder Paul Bergner, Principal and Project Manager Kathy Parker, and Designer Desirae Zamora were on hand to partake in the event (also pictured: Sue Humm of Wood Partners).

Representatives from Studio PBA, including founder Paul Bergner, Principal and Project Manager Kathy Parker, and Designer Desirae Zamora were on hand to partake in the event (also pictured: Sue Humm of Wood Partners).

Lakewood, CO – Wednesday evening, our long-time client, Wood Partners, the Studio PBA design team, other collaborators, and residents alike celebrated the Alta Pinehurst Grand Opening. 

Alta Pinehurst is a 350-unit apartment complex located in Lakewood, Colorado. The site is almost 20 acres, near Belmar and the Pinehurst Country Club, and holds 13 residential buildings and a luxury clubhouse.  Other amenities include fitness center, cyber café and lounge, and resort style swimming pool and spa complex. Additionally, Alta Pinehurst offers a large dog park, a bike repair shop, a covered car wash area, and BBQ grill areas.

The grand opening, hosted by our developer partner Wood Partners, took place Wednesday evening on the grounds of Alta Pinehurst.    Guests were able to tour the new facilities and enjoy cocktails as the sun set over the nearby foothills.

To date, over 80% of the 350 units have been leased and are occupied.

Student Interns Join Studio PBA Team for Summer 2018

This summer the Studio PBA team has welcomed two student interns into our practice.  Both students have goals of working in the AEC industry upon graduation.  The student interns join us at different stages in their career development: Karsen is transitioning into her Junior year at East High School, just a few blocks east of our downtown office and Cy is a Dallas native and a 4th year student in the University of Oklahoma’s five-year architectural program.   While both have different goals for their summer programs, they have already been contributing as members of the PBA team in their short few weeks here this summer.

To better introduce you to our young team members, we have asked them both to do a quick Q&A:


Name: Karsen K.

Current Status: East High School, Junior Year

Tell us a little about your current studies/academic program:

At East, I am on the Engineering pathway. I take classes geared toward Engineering and I will be taking an Aerospace engineering class in the fall. Some classes introduce students to the Autodesk Inventor Program and how to make basic models using this computer programing. Other classes offer computer science and teaches students how to code.

What is one of the things that most excites you about architecture?

One thing that excites me about architecture is how a team can take ideas and design a building. To me it is impressive how architects can and have to make last minute changes to the design based on the wants of the developer. 

What skills are you hoping to gain from this experience?

From this internship I am hoping to gain skills in Revit and to gain a better understanding of all the things architects do. I have used Revit in the past but interning here has already taught me so many new things in Revit.



Name: Cy B.

Current Status: University of Oklahoma, 4th Year

Tell us a little about your current studies/academic program:

I am currently at The University of Oklahoma in the American Architecture School. It is a five-year program and I am about to start my second year in the program and plan to graduate with my masters in either Architectural Studies or Architecture with an emphasis in design.

What is one of the things that most excites you about architecture?

I am most excited to dive into the working environment of the industry. I really want to see what is important within the industry, so I can tailor my knowledge around the skills and ideas that are critical to working at an architecture firm.

What skills are you hoping to gain from this experience?

I want to develop skills that make me a crucial part of the team here at PBA as well as lessons that I can apply throughout my career.

Both Karsen and Cy will be with us through July, so next time you are in our office, stop by and welcome them!

Alta Gateway Becomes First LEED Platinum Apartment Building in Utah

Alta Gateway Apartments became the first LEED Platinum certified apartment building in the state of Utah, earning its plaque earlier this week.  The 277-unit apartment complex scored 86.5 credits under the LEED for Homes rating system, surpassing the LEED Platinum threshold of 83.5 credits. 

Alta Gateway was certified under the LEED for Homes protocol, arguably one of the most stringent LEED protocols and one that is geared toward living space rather that office or other usage.  It requires field inspections of all installations and execution of energy components as well as building performance testing.

Energy efficient design can be found at every turn, but where Alta Gateway really shines is in the Sustainable Sites, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Energy & Atmosphere credit categories.

Sustainable Sites

Alta Gateway has a remarkable system of large, dome-like Stormtech system, infiltration tunnels that stretch the length of the project when lined up end to end.  Though the system is kept dry during normal to light rainfall conditions, it has the capacity and potential to manage the majority of storm water from the roof and from the facility’s hardscape on site from significant storm events, protecting Salt Lake and immediate surrounding watershed.

Other site-features include 91% use of drought tolerant plantings and an effective but pleasant use of non-watered landscaping.

Energy and Atmosphere

Alta Gateway scored with whole-building thermal block ratings of HERS (Home Energy Rating System) of 65 and 66.  Contributing features include windows that block thermal conduction, high insulation levels, tested air-barriers, 100% high efficacy lighting, all Energy Star and high-efficiency appliances and low-flow hot water fixtures.  Significant water savings come from low-flow fixtures and a high-tech irrigation system featuring zone controls and high uniform density spray heads among other features.

Indoor Environmental Quality

Residential buildings are occupied in a very unique way – generating lots of heat and humidity from cooking, showering and daily living.  This is a comfort factor even in a relatively dry climate.  Stuffiness or the sensation of being chilly are a direct result of heat and humidity and over-sized heating and cooling equipment.  These factors are controllable.  Alta Gateway has a tested, continuous fresh air system with dedicated ductwork that brings in fresh, outside air to every unit.  Fresh air, as opposed to building air, has a noticeable impact on comfort, allergies and over-all health.  Units also have properly sized heating and cooling equipment that does not short cycle.  The equipment runs in intervals long enough to effectively remove occupant-generated humidity.

In addition, Alta Gateway units are constructed and finished with low toxin-emitting materials, paints and adhesives, carpet and carpet pad.

A big impact on sustainability is the overall durability of Alta Gateway and the structure itself.  LEED durability measures slow moisture intrusion from interior and exterior sources.  A building that lasts is a building that does not have to be replaced at the expense of the environment.  Additionally, construction waste was diverted from landfill to be used as recycled material.  Every effort was made to use locally sourced and recycled materials.

Alta Gateway, which was officially completed in late 2017 and celebrated its grand opening June 19, with representatives from Studio PBA in attendance for the event. 

Congratulations to the entire Alta Gateway team on this achievement: Studio PBA (Architect); Wood Partners (Developer); Rimrock Construction (General Contractor); Psomas (Civil Engineer); Enayat Schneider Engineering, Inc (Structural Engineer); Priest Engineering (Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer); Front Range Electrical Engineering (Electrical); US-EcoLogic (Sustainability/LEED Consultant).


Colfax Marathon Awards Banquet

This past May, the runners of Studio PBA, who featured three relay teams, the Revit Crashers, Rum Runners, and Team Slow Down for What?,  participated in the Colfax Marathon relay for the fifth year in a row.  The Colfax Marathon is one of the largest charitable races in the country, with over $100,000 in prize pool for those who align themselves with a non-profit partner.  Our charitable partner for the second year in a row was Food for Thought Denver, a Colorado non-profit whose mission is to eliminate weekend hunger for children in the Denver area by providing food PowerSacks, because they believe that no child should go hungry.  We have been working with Food for Thought for years, helping to bag “PowerSacks” for kids several times a year.  

This year our team placed second in the Colfax Marathon Corporate Relay group in the Construction, Engineering and Development category, earning a second place plaque, and most important, $1000 for Food for Thought Denver.  The awards ceremony was held June 19 at the DaVita building in Downtown Denver.  Studio PBA representatives Tearar Chan and Gina Metge were on hand to accept the check on behalf of our team of runners and sponsors.  
The training has already begun for 2019!

Another Successful Project with Wood Partners Wraps Up!

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Alta Pinehurst Apartments, located in Lakewood, Colorado is nearing completion.  The final buildings of the 13- building residential project are wrapping up and the building is move-in ready!  The 350 units offer private garages in addition to surface parking, amenities such as a luxury clubhouse, resort style swimming pool, dog park, bike repair shop, and ample grill areas, as well as impressive sweeping views of the nearby foothills. 

Check out our newest images.  To learn more about leasing opportunities, follow this link to the Alta Pinehurst website:

AMLI Dry Creek is Leasing!

The LEED Silver AMLI Dry Creek apartments are open for leasing!  Check out one of Studio PBA’s most recently collaborations with AMLI Residential in the Denver Tech Center.  AMLI Dry Creek offers 257 units, ample parking, close proximity to the Dry Creek Light Rail station, pool, fitness center, and much more!  New photos are up from James W. Jenson Photography. 

Do you want more information on living in the AMLI Dry Creek community?  The link to these apartments can be found here:

Check out our new photos from Paul Brokering Photography!

Elevate Apartments features trendy units and high-end amenities in a dense garden-style setting that enhances community walkability and connectivity, all while redefining the suburban design vernacular. The blend of urban materials in a suburban context is a direct response to the Denver Metro area’s growth along its rail corridors.

Do you want more information on living in this community or what Elevate Apartments offers?  The link to this community can be found here:

Studio PBA Runs the Colfax Marathon Relay!

Studio PBA had three teams run the Colfax Marathon Relay Sunday morning!  Despite the cold and rainy conditions, all 15 runners crosses their respective finish lines.  The teams ran to benefit our charity partner, Food for Thought.  The PBA Rum Runners, PBA Revit Crashers and Team Slow Down for What? all surpassed the estimated race times.  Good job teams!

The Kasserman Construction Update in DenverInfill

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Ken Schroeppel of posted a quick construction update on The Kasserman, formally Corum Highlands.  Check out the post for new photographs and some history as to why they've chosen the name of this new project in Denver's Highlands neighborhood.

May's Construction Recap

At Studio PBA, we have created a dedicated construction administration department. This creates a multitude of benefits for our firm. By devoting staff strictly to construction administration (CA), each project undertaken by our firm has a team member with intimate knowledge of current construction practices and methods. It allows for more attention to be paid to each project during construction, subsequently minimizing the need for change orders and troubleshooting. Having a dedicated CA team means that the lessons learned on other projects are implemented into the drawings in real time and we're able to take advantage of active learning on projects. Our firm is able to make this very seamless transition between the production department and CA department by having the production project manager involved throughout the CA process.

Summer of 2018 is poised to be a big one for our CA team.  We currently have over ten projects nearing construction completion and several more are slated to break ground this summer.  Our teams are on site almost weekly monitoring the progress of these projects, gathering great ideas, lessons learned, and photos of the progress.


What’s Wrapping up this Summer:

Courtyard by Marriott, DIA, Denver, Colorado
After many months of renovations, including updates to the 6-story exterior façade, 139 guest rooms, entry and lobby sequence, and the addition of a courtyard, the Courtyard by Marriott at DIA is only weeks away from final completion at the end of May 2018.

  Alta Pinehurst, Lakewood, Colorado  This NGBS Green certified project which consists of 350 apartments across 13 residential buildings.  Buildings 1 and 9 are among the final structures to be completed on the site.  Final completion is estimated for the end of May 2018.

Alta Pinehurst, Lakewood, Colorado
This NGBS Green certified project which consists of 350 apartments across 13 residential buildings.  Buildings 1 and 9 are among the final structures to be completed on the site.  Final completion is estimated for the end of May 2018.

  AMLI Littleton Village, Littleton, Colorado    The AMLI Littleton Village community consists of two residential buildings and one mixed used building with 9,000 SF of ground floor retail.  Featured here is an image of one of the residential buildings.  The project is slated to open its doors to residents in July of 2018. 

AMLI Littleton Village, Littleton, Colorado 
The AMLI Littleton Village community consists of two residential buildings and one mixed used building with 9,000 SF of ground floor retail.  Featured here is an image of one of the residential buildings.  The project is slated to open its doors to residents in July of 2018. 

Parkside, Riverfront Park, Denver, Colorado
Parkside, developed by Holland Partners, is nearing completion.  The exterior of the 161 unit multi-family residential project is almost wrapped up and the facility is ready for leasing, anticipating a grand opening in August 2018.

Fairfield Inn and Suites, Fort Collins, Colorado
The Fairfield Inn and Suites in Fort Collins is currently underway.  As of April, interiors are being outfitted and exterior palettes are being finalized on the building.  The project is slated to open for its first reservation holders in August 2018. 

The Kasserman, Highlands, Denver, Colorado
The 3-story Kasserman is underway, finishing up exterior work in the coming months.  Built on the angled grade characteristic of the Highlands neighborhood, the building actually features 3 stories of residential and 2 of resident parking below.  The Kasserman is projected to open September 2018.

Projects Farther out on the Horizon:

Sugarmont Apartments, Salt Lake City, Utah
The two buildings of the Sugarmont Apartments are well underway, but at various stages in construction.  The buildings are 8 stories, connected from stories 4 through 8.  Building 2 (foreground in picture below) is working through framing, while Building one is finishing up concrete pours.  This project is scheduled for completion January 2019.


Be sure to check back in in the coming months as these projects near completion and to see some of our most recently groundbreakings underway!