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.