Colorado's Finest Opens

Colorado's Finest Opens

Colorado's Finest High School of Choice, part of Englewood Schools, opens today!

Colorado's Finest is an alternative high school program that offers a flexible environment and individualized attention to make sure students successfully complete high school and go on to pursue secondary education or a career.  The new space, which is three times larger than the site of the former school, provides a highly integrated learning environment with hybrid technology and alternative programming.

“It was a pleasure to be involved in the design of Colorado’s Finest and to deliver a truly collaborative, open and flexible learning environment to these exceptional students,” says Matt Porta, principal, SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht.

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SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht attends "Record on the Road" symposium

Gary Petri and Dan Ritter of the Denver office attended the recent “Record on the Road” symposium focusing on multi-unit housing, organized by Architectural Record.  Colorado’s economy is recovering nicely, creating jobs and attracting young adults, especially to the Denver metropolitan area.  Nearly 20,000 housing units are under construction at present and vacancy rates for apartments were below 5 percent in 2014.  The symposium included a presentation on “Air, Water & Moisture Management in Light Commercial Building Envelopes” by Tim Farrell of Huber Engineered Woods and a presentation and panel discussion by three local architects involved in multi-unit housing in the Denver area.  Jesse T. Adkins III, AIA, a principal with Shears Adkins Rockmore, Joseph Poli, AIA, Founding Principal with Humphries Poli Architects and Brad Tomecek, AIA, Founding Principal with Tomecek Studio each presented three of their recent projects in the Denver area.  The projects demonstrated a variety of multi-family housing configurations, design explorations and systemized approaches to construction including prefabrication.  The panel discussion was moderated by Beth Broome, Managing Editor of Architectural Record.  Issues discussed including affordability, prefabrication possibilities, on-site verses neighborhood amenities, parking approaches, designing for sustainability and making the projects active and community friendly.

Glen Tipton Authors Urban Senior Living Article for Colorado Real Estate Journal

Why design urban senior living?

01 December 2014 | Posted in Multifamily, Denver Market, Assisted Living/Senior Housing

Glen Tipton
Principal, SlaterPaull | Hord Coplan Macht

We are seeing an increasing trend toward designing and building senior living communities in more urban areas. Why? A multitude of reasons, including preferences by seniors to be more engaged and less sedentary. Many are opting to live in close proximity to their younger family members and in walking distance to cultural, recreational and social amenities such as restaurants, museums, theaters, fitness centers and shops and near top-notch medical facilities.

According to the U.S. Census, the over-65 population is expected to reach 55 million by 2020. The Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report cited, “The attraction of urbanization is again reflected in the high rating received by infill and in-town housing. This perennial first-place choice for best prospects is followed by seniors’ housing and the single-family sector.”  The report ranked senior housing third in terms of development prospects, second to infill/in-town housing.

Read Tipton's entire article in the upcoming Dec. 17-Jan. 6 issue of the Colorado Real Estate Journal. View the blog post.

New PK-12 School in Elbert

On Saturday, August 16th, we were able to celebrate the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new PK-12 school in Elbert Colorado.  The day marked the fruition of a dream that began for the Elbert community in 2010.  Upon the passing of a District wide bond in 2012, on their third attempt, the SLATERPAULL design team along with RLH Engineering, Elbert’s owners representative and FCI Constructors, the design of the school began.


After the completion of a 14 hour day touring schools throughout Colorado, the Elbert Design Advisory Group articulated their vision and goal for their school to be the center of the community, where all of the community spaces visually and physically were connected to each other.  The results of this vision was a unique design of a three story school, with a top-down walk out gymnasium on the lower level, the main entry at the second level and the school and public library on the third.


There was a great turnout by the community today and a great deal of excitement among all in attendance.  It is days like today that remind us why we do what we do every day.  Congratulations to the Elbert community, it was a pleasure and honor to be your architect.

Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence - Avery Block

DENVER -- August 7, 2014 -- Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) is proud to announce the 2014 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence recipients. In concert with Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence (RMPEx), DCI is also pleased to announce the City of Trinidad, as the winner of the Best Downtown Management Program, is the recipient of a Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence application valued at $500. All Governor's Awards winners will be honored at the 2014 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Ceremony and Best of Fort Collins Festival on September 11, 2014, which will be held during DCI's Vibrant Colorado Downtowns Conference in Fort Collins.


Since 2003, the Governor's Awards has recognized outstanding projects and people that reflect an attitude of perseverance and dedication to community revitalization in Colorado. All 2014 nominated projects were completed between September 1, 2010 and May 30, 2014.


The 2014 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence winners are:   

  • Best Adaptive Reuse or Rehabilitation: Ute Theater Event Center: City of Rifle
  • Best Adaptive Reuse for Public Space: Brian's Park Ice Rink: City of Victor and DHM Design
  • Best New Construction, Infill, or Redevelopment: The Gallery Flats: City of Loveland, Loveland Urban Renewal Authority, Brinkman Partners and Woodbury Strategic Partners
  • Best Façade Program (tie): Alleyscape Façade Program: Longmont Downtown Development Authority and City of Longmont AND Avery Block Façade Rehabilitation Project: Slaterpaull Architects, Inc., City of Fort Collins, Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority, Palmer Properties, LLC and the Colorado State Historical Fund
  • Best Small Town Public Space Project: Rio Blanco County Veterans Memorial: Meeker VFW Post 5843 and Ladies Auxiliary, Rio Blanco County, Town of Meeker, and artist John Kobald
  • Best Urban Public Space Project: Larimer Square Backyard:Downtown Denver Partnership, Larimer Square, and Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver
  • Best Promotional Event: 1st Annual Morrison Alley Fest:Downtown Denver Partnership, Larimer Square, and Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program, College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver
  • Best Marketing and Branding: Ridge at 38 Brand and Marketing Plan: Ridge at 38 Leadership Committee
  • Community Creativity Award: Greeley Creative District
  • Best Downtown Management Program: City of Trinidad
  • Best Group Effort of Multi-jurisdictional Cooperation: Downtown Glenwood Springs: Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority, City of Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, Garfield County Library District, Colorado Mountain College, and Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Vicki Mattox Downtowner of the Year: John Manka, Castle Rock
  • Consultants for Public Good: Hazel Hartbarger, executive director, Arvada Economic Development Association; Beth Parish, Ed.D., Affiliate Faculty Member at Regis University

"This year's nominees represent some of Colorado's best contributions to vibrant local communities," said Katherine Correll, executive director, Downtown Colorado, Inc. "On behalf of DCI members, board of directors, and staff, we congratulate the winners and all of the nominees for excellent work to enhance Colorado's commercial districts."


All Governor's Awards winners will be featured at the Governor's Award Dinner and Reception at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, at 5:30pm on September 11th. The winners will also receive a certificate signed by Governor John Hickenlooper, State of Colorado; Reeves Brown, Executive Director, Department of Local Affairs; and John Plakorus, DCI Board Chair. The Governor's Awards Reception is a ticketed event. Attendees must pre-register to attend. 


Photos of the winning projects, along with accompanying details, are also being featured on DCI's Facebook page, where members will have a chance to vote for their favorite projects. The people's choice winner, based on the number of "likes" given to each project on Facebook, will receive special accolades.


View further details on the Governor's Awards Reception and Best of Fort Collins Festival here.



About Downtown Colorado, Inc.

Established in 1982 as the Colorado Community Revitalization Association, Downtown Colorado, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that aims to build better communities by providing assistance to downtowns, commercial districts and town centers in Colorado. Organization members represent downtown organizations, local governments, development and improvement districts, consultants, individuals and others involved in downtown and community development.


About Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence


Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence (RMPEx) is a Rocky Mountain regional program dedicated to guiding organizations through application of principles and practices embodied in the Baldrige Award. Incorporated in 2000 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, RMPEx is one of more than 30 similar state and regional programs in the United States. It serves all Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming organizations regardless of size, type, or economic sector.




SLATERPAULL Attends CML Conference in Breck

SLATERPAULL Architects were proud Silver Sponsors of the recent 92nd Colorado Municipal League Annual Conference in beautiful Breckenridge.  Jessica Reske, Lisa Gardner and Gary Petri represented the firm in the conference’s exhibit.  They each met with many city and town mayors, trustees and council members from throughout Colorado attending the conference.  Thanks to all those who participated, and stopped by! 

Ara Massey Featured in Denver Business Journal

SLATERPAULL's Sustainable Design Manager, Ara Massey, featured in the June 13 issue of the Denver Business Journal.

Making Their Mark: Ara Massey helps clients figure out building efficiency.

Ara Massey believes in challenging herself — in her work and the rest of her life.

After graduating from Colorado State University, with a bachelor’s degree in construction management, she went to work in the male-dominated construction industry. As head of sustainable design at SlaterPaull Architects Inc. in Denver, she has the complex job of helping clients figure out how efficient they want their buildings to be. For fun, she snowboards.

“In my job, you have to be flexible, nimble,” said Massey. “You have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. I’m always operating outside my comfort zone, and I’ve grown for it.”

At SlaterPaull, Massey helps customers get healthy, environmentally friendly structures that conserve energy, use less water, have good air quality and save money. Fiscal sustainability — creating long-term capital asset plans for clients — has become a major component of overall sustainability. She works with her firm’s project managers and principals to achieve those ends over the long term. Read more.

Praire Heights Middle School Groundbreaking


Excited middle school students from Weld County District 6 gathered with SLATERPAULL / RB+B Architects, FCI Constructors, RLH Engineering, District Administrators and State Representatives on March 27th in Evans to celebrate the groundbreaking for the long-awaited Prairie Heights Middle School. The new 103,000 square foot, 650-student middle school will replace the ailing John Evans Middle School in Greeley.    The 22 million dollar school will open in August of 2015.

Students from John Evans who had written the most persuasive essays were selected by the principal to attend the groundbreaking. After the ceremony, the students studied the drawings and renderings of the future building and asked questions of the design team.

The project is the culmination of an 18-month-long master plan study for District 6 by SLATERPAULL / RB+B, which recommended the John Evans replacement as the most urgent project among 25 schools in the study.  Prairie Heights Middle is being funded by a B.E.S.T. grant from the State of Colorado and by school bonds approved by the voters of Greeley and Evans in 2012.

PHMS will be a LEED Gold facility with extensive daylighting and energy- and water-efficient building systems.  Features will include a 2-story sky lit atria for each grade level (6-8), outdoor classrooms, and wood wall treatments salvaged from the original John Evans gym floor.

Green Challenge 2014

SLATERPAULL kicked off the 7th Annual Personal Green Challenge on March 17, 2013.  This event runs from St. Patrick’s Day to Earth Day and we challenge our staff, friends and family to reduce their ecological footprint by changing at least one personal habit for 5 weeks.  The goal is to minimize the impact on earth’s natural resources and hopefully change the habit permanently. 

In an effort to encourage people to tackle a more difficult challenge, we provided a game show style spin-the-wheel with a variety of personal challenges and prizes. Many people have committed to a vegetarian or vegan diet, or eliminating packaged foods.  Other favorite challenges included reducing water consumption through limited 3-4 minute showers, reducing gas consumption by consolidating errands to one trip a week and taking public transportation.  Others are taking an overall approach and committing to reducing their carbon footprint by 40% over the next five weeks.  We will report our successes to these lifestyle changes as we close the event on Earth Day, April 22nd.

We are using the You Sustain personal sustainability website to track our individual CO2 emissions reductions and add up the total impact for the firm.  

Here are Steps to join the online challenge:

. Visit:  

2. Click the blue "Join this challenge" button

3. If this is your first visit, click the blue "Sign up" button, or if returning, log in

4. You will be taken back to the challenge page and enrolled

5. You can now fill our your sustainability profile and any impact you have will contribute to the SLATERPAULL Architects 2014 Green Challenge total impact.

6. Check back regularly to see your impact, update and restart challenge pledges, and get new ideas to start new actions.

A few hints:

  • “Actions” are typically larger and long-term things people may already do, or can pledge to start doing, that have a calculated impact.
  • “Challenges” are typically goals/pledges set up by other members.  They normally have a set duration and impact. Feel free to join challenges or make your own. 
  • Both of these contribute to your profile and will contribute to the community challenge
  • Under the “Calculate” Tab you can determine the impact of actions with the action calculator, use the carbon footprint calculator or the home energy tracker. 

Doors Open Denver


SLATERPAULL is excited, ready, and waiting for the 10th Anniversary of Doors Open Denver 2014 – Celebrating Neighborhood Architecture.  On Saturday April 12th and Sunday April 13th, SLATERPAULL will open be giving guided tours of historic Engine House No. 5 which we converted into our studio three years ago.


Doors Open Denver is a free, two-day event including over 50 tour sites of most interesting buildings, in and around Denver.   


For more information, please go to

SLATERPAULL Attends the Colorado Preservation Inc. Saving Places Conference

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Jessica R. Reske, AIA, LEED AP
Architect / Historic Preservation Specialist


Last Thursday and Friday the Historic Preservation Studio attended Colorado Preservation Inc.’s annual Saving Places Conference.  On Thursday afternoon, Gary and Jessica, together with Larissa O’Neil of the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, Ron Anthony of Anthony and Associates, Astrid Liverman of the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, and Jane Lanter of bluegreen Aspen, presented a session on the Interpretation and Preservation of the Reiling Dredge.  We provided an overview of mining history in the Breckenridge area, addressed strategies for stabilizing the Dredge to prevent further deterioration, discussed site interpretation strategies, and looked at the future of the Dredge, including a potential National Register Nomination.  The session was well-attended with great questions and comments at the end of the session. 

On Thursday evening, SLATERPAULL had a booth at the Preservation Marketplace.  We had the opportunity to meet many preservation-minded individuals, as well as visit with many clients, consultants, and friends.

Another highlight of the conference included the Endangered Places Announcement Luncheon on Thursday.  At this lunch, the 2014 list of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places was announced.  Among them is the Montoya Ranch, where we are currently working on a design for the building’s immediate stabilization needs. 

Everyone in the studio enjoyed attending a variety of educational sessions including:

Understanding and Selecting Historic Mortars, led by Atkinson-Noland and Associates – this session gave a great overview of the importance of using appropriate mortar when repointing a historic building, as well as a great summary of various mortar analysis techniques.

More Than a Can of Paint: An Exploration of Historic Building Coatings, led by Kim Dugan of Anthony and Associates and Natalie Feinberg-Lopez of Built Environment Evolution – this session provided a history of interior and exterior wood finishes.  In addition, pros and cons of various finishes were presented.  The importance of the condition of the wood substrate was also emphasized, with a variety of project examples to illustrate the effects of a variety of substrate and coating conditions.

Implementing Preservation Standards at the Amache Internment Camp, led by Michelle Chichester of Colorado Preservation Inc., Anne McCleave of History Colorado, Byron McGough of Wattle and Daub, and Barbara Darden of Shueber + Darden Architects – this session presented an overview of the work occurring at the Amache Internment Camp in Granada, Colorado.  Of particular interest was how the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards were applied to the project.  The project provided the unique opportunity to use the Restoration and Reconstruction Standards, which are used much less frequently than the Rehabilitation and Preservation Standards. 

The Evolution of the Preservation Movement & How to Engage Young Professionals, led by Bernice Radle and Jason Wilson of Buffalove Development – representatives from Buffalo’s Young Preservationists presented strategies for engagement of young professionals in community preservation activities and efforts.

Beyond Eames + Eichler: Evaluating Everyday Midcentury Architecture, led by Patrick Eidman of History Colorado, Abbey Christman of the University of Colorado – Denver, and Elizabeth Blackwell of History Colorado – Midcentury architecture is not always considered historically significant, however, as this architectural period ages, it’s significance is increasing.  The session discussed residential architecture and how houses from the early 1900s were modified in the 1940s-1960s to include typical Midcentury details.  In addition, an interesting presentation of main street storefronts was made, which included the question of whether it’s most appropriate to restore a modified storefront to its original appearance or to its Midcentury appearance, particularly when the building has been significantly altered behind its Midcentury ‘skin.’

We thoroughly enjoyed attending the conference and we look forward to seeing everyone at the 2015 Saving Places Conference next February!  

State Historical Fund Grants Awarded


Congratulations to our clients who were awarded State Historical Fund grants from History Colorado in the October 2013 grant round.  The award of these grants was announced on Friday, January 31, 2014.  We look forward to continuing our relationship with these clients and their fantastic historic buildings, which include the following:


St. Cloud Hotel – Canon City

Hinsdale County Court House – Lake City

Wyatt Academy – Denver

Old Smith Mansion – Denver

Open Door Ministries – Denver

Broomfield Depot – Broomfield