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Aria Cohousing Community featured in AARP Magazine

Aria Cohousing was featured in this month’s AARP Magazine in collaboration with the National Building Museum.  The edition is called Making Room: Housing for a Changing America.  It’s featured the section, Part Two, Creative Solutions.  Aria is a multi-generational cohousing community in east Denver. Studio PBA and developer, Urban Ventures designed this project from an existing convent, Sisters of St. Francis.

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.

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.

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:

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

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:

Downtown Denver Crowne Plaza Renovations in DBJ

Great work hospitality team! Smashing Denver Business Journal article highlighting a recent renovation project we worked on with IHG - Intercontinental Hotels Group downtown at the Crowne Plaza Denver. Read the article here:


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PBA in the News: Five Projects to Watch in 2017

Building Salt Lake's blog has made a list of five projects to watch in 2017.  "Utility and groundwork is underway on the Sugarmont Apartments, with building construction expected to start soon.  The eight-story apartment building will occupy the southwest corner of the block, directly east of the Fairmont S-Line station.  The Sugarmont Apartments will add 352 residential units to the Sugar House Central Business District." Read the whole article here:

Parkside and Riverfront Green have Cranes Up!

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We always love seeing our projects mentioned in the urban development blogs in Denver.  Once again, DenverInfill has captured some great images of two of our projects: Parkside and Riverfront Green.  These projects are close in proximity to each other and located in Central Platte Valley downtown.  Read more at DenverInfill's blog:


Denver Infill's Recent Blog - PBA Project Updates

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Thanks to our friends at who have posted two project updates this week in addition to some fantastic aerial photographs.  To read the updates and learn more about infill projects around Denver you can click the links below.

Holland Parkside Apartments Update:

AMLI's Riverfront Green Update:

PBA at the ULI's TOD Marketplace and Tour

Studio PBA team members Kathy Parker, Derek Westby, Desirae Zamora and Edwin Mocke had a great opportunity to participate in ULI's TOD Marketplace and Tours last week.  The RTD Light Rail offered Wednesday afternoon guided tours to explore some exciting new developments in the surrounding area.  Kathy took the B Line tour, Westminster's Urban Future, that highlighted Westminster’s ambitious journey to become the next urban center on Colorado’s Front Range.  Derek rode the W Line to Lakewood, Emerging West Colfax, where the 40 West Arts is working to champion the renaissance of historic West Colfax, and Edwin rode the new A Line toward Denver International Airport's tour, Infill to Innovation.  

Thursday was ULI’s marketplace where guest speakers from various city offices including Denver, Boulder, Greenwood Village and Westminster and influential people in the real estate and development industries around Colorado shared their thoughts on Denver as a successful model city.   The marketplace also featured various building vendors and projects under construction around the Denver-metro area.  All in all, the event was beneficial in promoting and marketing the many new projects happening in the area, highlighting the improvements in transportation, and the importance of sustainability in the future of design.

For more information about the ULI tours and transit-oriented developments in Denver, click on this link from The Denver Post and see if you can spot Kathy on her tour: 

PBA in the News: Supporting the Colfax Collaborative Petition

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Image Courtesy of 7News

Studio PBA not only designs projects to improve Denver's infrastructure, we are invested in the community around which we work and play too.  The Colfax Collaborative is petitioning the City of Denver for funds to make improvements to Colfax Avenue for pedestrian safety and infrastructure.  Being located just off Colfax on Gilpin St., Studio PBA actively supports Colfax reinvestment and promoting of pedestrian re-activation.  Our own Derek Westby was interviewed by 7News yesterday evening and addressed the importance of pedestrian safety and promoting the reinvestment of Colfax itself.  To watch the news clip and learn more about this petition, click the link below.

PBA in the News: Courtyard Marriott at DIA

"Denver-based Stonebridge Hospitality paid $15.5 million for a 193-room hotel near the Denver International Airport Inn & Suites, officials announced today." Read more about the Courtyard Marriott at DIA project we are developing in the link below.  Article by John Rebchook in the Colorado Real Estate Journal:

Here is an additional article about this project from Mile High CRE:

PBA in the News: Rogue Mailbox Prompts 9News Investigation

WalkDenver recently notified us via Twitter (@StudioPBA) that there has been some public concern for a mailbox placed on the corner of 16th and Gilpin, where our office is located.  The infamous mailbox is set directly on the sidewalk, causing some ADA advocates and local reporters to question the legality of its placement.  9News and Kyle Clark’s new segment Next Question, investigated its positioning and determined that in fact, it was legally placed, allowing 36’’ of clearance as per regulations require.  See their investigation here:

As for Studio PBA, we had noticed the mailbox's placement had been moved over the summer but we were never informed why this had taken place.  We have no affiliation with the placement of this mailbox.  We do however, enjoy Kyle Clark’s commentary and seeing our sign on the news.  

UPDATE: As of 4:33 PM the mailbox has been removed-- to be placed elsewhere at a later date, TBD.