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!

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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!

Studio PBA Finalizes Preliminary Design of Alta Fitzsimons

Situated directly adjacent to RTD’s R Line, which runs along the I225 corridor in Aurora, Colorado, Studio PBA’s Alta Fitzsimons is a transit-oriented development poised to serve as a catalyst for development in the surrounding neighborhood.  The site, formerly home to a storage facility, is located within walking distance of the Fitzsimons medical campus, across the street from the new VA Hospital, one of Colorado’s largest construction projects.  Residents will also enjoy easy access to the Sand Creek Regional Greenway, one of the Denver Metro Area’s largest public open space trail systems.

The design of any building on this site is important not only because of its proximity to the Colfax and I225 interchange, but also because if its location with the new VA Hospital and other Fitzsimons campus buildings as its back drop.  The exterior of the building is composed of materials that convey a contemporary sophistication and an air of solidity.  The field and plane changes, both vertically and horizontally, compliment the clean design of the surrounding medical buildings, and allow the building to stand up to its commercial neighbors.  

The variety of materials, treatments, and colors add a consistent rhythm around all sides of the building.  Brick in two different colors form both the base of the primary elevations and reach up in strategic locations to articulate the plane changes of the upper floors. Stucco in a second color serves as a quality material tying this building to its neighbor across the street, and to the commercial areas of Colfax.  The design incorporates recesses in the building façade to break up its mass on the large street blocks. 

The leasing center and a community amenity space share a large storefront corner on the southwest side, visible from Colfax as the front door to the development.  This area will be active, well lit, and feel like a mixed-use space fitting perfectly into this extension of Colfax.  Amenities include a spacious rooftop deck, swimming pool, community clubroom, private fitness center, two courtyards, cyber-cafe, a dog wash and dog park.

Alta Fitzsimons was submitted to the City of Aurora Planning and Zoning for Site Plan review at the end of April.

For more information about this project click HERE.

Coloradoan Reports on New Hotels coming to Fort Collins - We are designing Two!

  (Photo: Timothy Hurst/The Coloradoan)

 (Photo: Timothy Hurst/The Coloradoan)

 "Senior vice president of development with Spirit Hospitality Moira Bright, left, and Studio PBA director of hospitality Edwin Mocke walk through what will be the main lobby on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the construction site of a Spirit Hospitality hotel at Lady Moon Drive and East Harmony Drive in Fort Collins, Colo. (Photo: Timothy Hurst/The Coloradoan)"

"Senior vice president of development with Spirit Hospitality Moira Bright, left, and Studio PBA director of hospitality Edwin Mocke walk through what will be the main lobby on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the construction site of a Spirit Hospitality hotel at Lady Moon Drive and East Harmony Drive in Fort Collins, Colo. (Photo: Timothy Hurst/The Coloradoan)"

Studio PBA's hospitality team is currently designing two projects in Fort Collins with developer Spirit Hospitality.  The first, Fairfield Inn and Suites located on Lady Moon Drive and Harmony Road will have 106 rooms and is expected to be completed late summer 2018.  The second project, Staybridge Suites property, Spirit at the River will have 107 rooms and is located on Lincoln Avenue.

To read the full article published by last week:


Alta Gateway Complex Wins Development of the Year in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY, April 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Wood Partners, a leader in real estate development and construction, announced their downtown development, Alta Gateway Station, has been named "Development of the Year" by the Utah Apartment Association.

The Utah Apartment Association hires a secret shopper to shop all of the nominated properties. Properties are judged on the development design, comfort through features and amenities, how the development adds to the neighborhood and if it complements the surrounding areas well. The Utah Apartment Association also judged staff knowledge, customer service and the cleanliness and maintenance of the building. This is the first award for Wood Partners from the association.

“I grew up in Utah and am a graduate of the University of Utah. I have pursued development opportunities in the Salt Lake City market for almost 25 years and seen the tremendous growth and change,” said Director for Wood Partners Tim McEntee. “I am ecstatic that our first project in Utah is being recognized for our thoughtful design and best-in-class service that Wood Partners is known for.”

Alta Gateway Station is a transit-oriented community located next to The Gateway mall, which is in process of an extensive $100 million renovation. The Gateway features entertainment attractions like The Depot concert venue, Wiseguys Comedy Club, Megaplex Theatres and the Clark Planetarium. A new Dave and Buster’s restaurant and arcade, the first in Utah, is slated to open in May. The Gateway mall is the largest, open-air retail complex in Salt Lake City, and is quickly becoming one of the premier dining and entertainment spots for local residents, featuring local food trucks and events like the thriving Urban Flea Market. Alta Gateway Station is in an ideal location for young professionals to take advantage of the vibrant offerings in downtown SLC while having immediate access to multiple modes of transit including TRAX and FrontRunner.

“We’re thrilled that Alta Gateway Station has been recognized by the Utah Apartment Association,” said Clay Iman, director for Wood Partners, who managed the development from its early stages. “Our goal was to develop a project that delivered top-tier amenities while creating a sense of community, and our terrific on-site management team has really brought that vision to life.”

The 277-unit community, managed by Wood Residential Services, features studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom floorplans. Alta Gateway Station also features a rooftop deck with entertainment kitchen, pool and hot tub, cyber café, game room, wine storage, a clubroom, fitness center, bike/ski repair shop, dog wash and dog park.

Meadow Community School Tours Studio PBA

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 April 4, 2018 – Studio PBA welcomed Mapleton School District’s 7th and 8th grade students from Meadow Community School to the office.  During their visit, they met with several architects and staff members to discuss some of our current projects, challenges facing the architecture community today, and most importantly, reasons to follow a career in architecture.  The 24 students and their two teachers were then treated to breakfast and an office tour.  The tour was organized by one of our project managers, Robin Stipe.

Dillon Town Council Approves Uptown240

April 4, 2018 – Dillon, Colorado –  On April 3, 2018, Kathy Parker, Principal at Studio PBA, met with and presented to the Dillon Town Council to solidify the PUD Development plan for Uptown240, a proposed mixed-use development consisting of 80 residential units, 9 workforce housing condominiums, parking garage, amenities, and two retail spaces along Lake Dillon Drive. 

The proposed development is aimed at rejuvenating downtown Dillon by providing new luxury condominiums, workforce rentals along with restaurant and retail spaces. This project is in the heart of Dillon and visible from I-70 and Highway 6. The complex will offer mountain lake style living and sweeping views of Dillon Lake.  Developer Ivano Ottoborgo has operated Adriano’s Bistro, his family-owned Italian restaurant, on this site since 1987.  An updated version of Adriano’s will anchor the prominent corner of the new building.

As of the Town Council meeting held on April 3, Uptown 240 received the necessary four affirmative votes necessary to approve the permit application for the project.  Construction is slated to begin Fall of 2018.


Town of Dillon Planning & Zoning Commission to discuss Uptown 240


The Town of Dillon's Planning & Zoning Commission will meet this evening at 5:30 pm at Town Hall to discuss Uptown 240.  Studio PBA's Kathy Parker will be there to discuss the design and answer questions. The members of the public are invited to this meeting to comment and ask questions.  This development application comes after a previously approved Dillon Gateway Planned Unit Development (P.U.D.) located at 240 Lake Dillon Drive at the northwest corner of Lake Dillon Drive and West Buffalo Street.  For more project information, you can read though the explained amendment at

Construction Update: Modera River North Arts

Construction progress from Modera River North Arts with developer Mill Creek Residential, located at 28th and Blake in Denver. 

Stout24 Townhomes Celebrate Grand Opening


Denver, CO January 24, 2018 – On January 24, 2018, architect Studio PBA, the Morrison Group, Alliance Construction and residents of the newly completed Stout24 Townhomes celebrated the Grand Opening with an open house event.  The project consists of 13 units; Seven of the units were listed at 80% AMI, while the remaining six were listed at 120% AMI.  Creating an affordable townhome option was important to developer Lynn Crist of the Morrison Group, who spent much time working with the City to select the perfect site for this infill project. 

The site, located in the Curtis Park Landmark District, knits northeast downtown into a cohesive urban area. It is intended to support a mix of uses that provide a pedestrian friendly transition from the surrounding lower scale neighborhoods to the high-rise scale of downtown. In this transition is Stout24 Townhomes spread across two buildings, each 3 stories tall. Private drive aisle to access private tuck under garages in the rear of 11 of the 13 units. The homes feature tall narrow windows, offset front entries, raised porches that step down to sidewalk, and flat roofs with historic decorative parapets. The design of three-sided projecting bays breaks up the building massing along the entire Stout Street elevation. The exterior material is predominately unpainted brick construction in grey and dark brown to coordinate with surrounding buildings. It is offset with a historic blue in cementitious lap siding.

As of January 2018, all 13 units have sold.