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!

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.


Modera Observatory Park Grand Opening

Modera Observatory Park is located just adjacent from the University of Denver and just celebrated it's Grand Opening!  Modera OP is currently accepting new applicants!  We obtained fantastic photos from the developer Mill Creek Residential featuring the state-of-the-art shared spaces, a luxurious outdoor pool and amenities galore!

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

Back at it! Volunteering with Food for Thought


New year, new opportunity to help out in the community! We spent the morning volunteering with Food for Thought. We packed a record 2,700 PowerSacks! These sacks will go to help students in twenty-one Denver Public Elementary Schools. 

If you or you organization would like to participate and get involved with this great organization, you can learn more here:

AMLI Rino Poised to Break Ground Summer of 2018

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From today's article in Mile High CRE: DENVER – Chicago-based AMLI Residential’s latest development AMLI RiNo is the latest project in the River North (RiNo) neighborhood slated to break ground in the Summer of 2018. Positioned between commuter rail lines, the RiNo Arts District, and Denver’s vibrant lower downtown, the 390-unit development is poised to add residential density and beautiful design to one of Denver’s hottest transitioning neighborhoods. AMLI RiNo is bordered by the Platte River to the north and will provide a prominent presence along the south side of the Platte Trail.

To read the full article from Mile High CRE, click here:

Career Day at Goldrick Elementary School

Yesterday Studio PBA was invited to speak at Goldrick Elementary School's Career Day.  President Paul Bergner, Danyell Miller and Will Salas did a Q&A session with Mrs. Salas' fifth grade class.  The students were eager to learn about what skills and interests one might need to become an architect.  They each took turns asking questions about their experience, how they got into architecture and what they enjoy most about their job.  We had the kids do an exercise where we provided blank floor plans for the students to design their dream home and then as a team, assembled the pieces of the exterior to make the house they drew.

Aria Cohousing Community Dedication Event

Denver, CO – This past weekend in the Chaffee Park neighborhood of Denver, the Aria Cohousing community celebrated its Rededication of the motherhouse, an event marking the transformation from former convent to a recently renovated 28-unit cohousing development.  City officials, members of the Urban Ventures development team, Marycrest Convent Sisters of St. Francis, and residents of the cohousing community gathered to officially transition the building from a former convent belonging to the Sisters to the current-day residents.  The ceremony included several speakers and a ribbon joining ceremony in which residents and Sisters joined together to rededicate the home. 

Aria Cohousing is a multifamily concept which actively engages homeowners in a more communal lifestyle. This 28-unit project is a renovation of the former Marycrest Convent, and forms the heart of a 17.5-acre redevelopment on the former convent site in the Chaffee Park neighborhood of northwest Denver. The new Aria neighborhood, when fully completed, will be a mixed-income, mixed use community with an emphasis on sustainability, urban agriculture and cultivating a collaborative neighborhood spirit. Studio PBA was responsible for the renovation of the convent units.  

For more information on this project:

Alta Gateway Station's Completion in Salt Lake City: In Pictures

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Check out our the newly completed Alta Gateway Station in Salt Lake City with developer Wood Residential Partners in this great write up from Building Salt Lake

Modera River North Arts Aerial Images

One of our team members captured some fantastic aerial shots of Modera River North Arts in the booming RiNo neighborhood.  This project is progressing quickly with completion estimated for late Spring 2018.  This project was designed with developer Mill Creek Residential and constructed by Shaw Construction.

Images courtesy of BEKR Drone Aerial Photography

Aria Cohousing Article in Denver Infill

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"As American cities continue an upward trajectory toward reinvestment—one catalyzed by a growing population of people favoring concentration over sprawl—we are faced with the prospect of knowing thy neighbor a little better."  Camron Bridgford, one of Denver Infill's bloggers begins.  He starts by explaining how the benefits and attributes that make the cohousing community style more and more popular.  He then gives a great history of the structure, formally owned by Sisters of the Order of St. Francis.

You can find the entry here:

There are still two units available for purchase:

Ridge at Wheatlands Now Leasing!

Ridge at Wheatlands celebrated their grand opening last week!  Construction will continue through the next year but the completed buildings are looking fantastic.  This project is located on South Langdale Street in Aurora and offers one, two and three bedroom floor plans. This project boasts several luxury amenities such as a hotel-inspired outdoor pool and spa, fitness center, meeting rooms, dog wash and a cyber cafe.  There are 15 multifamily buildings with attached private garages, plus a clubhouse. 

We received some fantastic images from the developer, Grand Peaks Properties, Inc and wanted to share them.  If you are interested in leasing at Ridge, click on their website below for more information.