SLATERPAULL | HORD COPLAN MACHT ADDS DIRECTOR OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Denver, CO (June 9, 2015) – SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht announces that the firm has added Mecayla Cobb, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, as director of higher education programming and planning to its Denver office. 

Cobb will assist with expanding the firm’s higher education practice and support the ongoing higher education projects across the firm focusing on campus master planning, implementation planning, as well as academic programming and benchmarking. She joins SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht from CannonDesign, where she served as associate vice president and higher education market leader.  

“Mecayla brings a very successful track record in client service and project leadership in the higher education sector,” says Jennifer Cordes, principal, SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht. “Her expertise in this growing market will allow us to serve our clients’ needs and expand our capabilities.” 

Cobb holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture (GSAPP) in New York and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas.

About SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht

SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht is an architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design firm. Specializing in education, healthcare, mixed-use, historic preservation, parks, office and institutional facilities, the firm has offices in Denver, CO, Baltimore, MD and Alexandria, VA. For more information, visit www.SLATERPAULL.com.     

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SLATERPAULL | HORD COPLAN MACHT ADDS LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDIO

Denver, CO (April 27, 2015) – SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht announces that the firm has added a landscape architecture studio to its Denver office to complement its existing architecture and interior design services.  The new studio will be led by landscape architect, Robyn Bartling, PLA, ASLA.

Bartling brings over 16 years of industry experience as a landscape architect, designer and project manager. She will manage landscape architecture services for the office’s existing projects and assist with expanding the practice.

“Our new landscape architecture studio will allow us to deliver a full service approach to our clients’ projects,” says Adele Willson, principal, SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht. “Robyn brings a very strong background and expertise in landscape architecture to the firm, which will allow us to create a robust practice to serve our clients’ needs to the fullest.”

About SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht

SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht is an architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design firm. Specializing in education, healthcare, mixed-use, historic preservation, parks, office and institutional facilities, the firm has offices in Denver, CO, Baltimore, MD and Alexandria, VA. For more information, visit www.SLATERPAULL.com.     

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STATE-OF-THE-ART SPACE COMPLETED FOR ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL

ENGLEWOOD, CO  - April 9, 2015 -- Englewood Schools announces the official grand opening for  Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice -- 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.

Students have been utilizing the new space since January, with the building officially open to the public this week. The new building had been the site of Englewood Middle School previously and was designed by SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht and built by Haselden Construction to promote student-centered learning environments while keeping an open feel to the building that the school had embraced at its former facility.

“We are very excited to give the students and staff at Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice the state-of-the-art facility that they deserve,” says superintendent, Brian Ewert. “We are thrilled to see all the learning that takes place with the new opportunities this 21st century space offers students.”

The new, 98,000-square-foot space includes amenities and opportunities for students such as a multi-media classroom space, a new fitness/weight room with adjoining locker rooms, two newly renovated gyms, a cosmetology salon and classroom, and a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lab.

“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.

Renovations to the building were made possible by both a 2011 Bond and a BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today) grant that the district received. The total cost of the project was approximately $17 million, with the BEST grant covering nearly $8.5 million. The new school is on track for LEED Gold certification.

Project Team:

Owner: Englewood School District  (www.englewoodschools.net)
Owner’s Representative: CBRE (http://www.cbre.us/ )
Contractor: Haselden Construction (http://www.haselden.com/)
Architect: SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht ARCHITECTS (www.slaterpaull.com/)

About Englewood Schools:

Englewood is a small suburban community approximately 6.5 square miles in size located near the geographical center of the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. Nestled between the city of Denver and its suburbs to the south, Englewood Public School District, known as Englewood Schools, allows students to thrive in a unique learning environment. This public school district provides its 3000 students in four elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools, with access to teachers and programs in ways usually only found in private school settings. Learn more at www.englewoodschools.net.

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SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht TAPPED TO DESIGN CAMPUS MASTER PLAN FOR DAWSON SCHOOL

Denver, CO (February 11, 2015) – SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht announces that the firm was selected to design the campus master plan for Dawson School (Dawson) , a K-12 independent day school in Lafayette, Colorado.

The campus master plan will be designed by Denver-based SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht  to assist Dawson in assessing current infrastructure and facilities, and to plan for a thoughtful and mission-appropriate facilities expansion. During the master planning phase, SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht  will engage the community, parents, students and staff to evaluate the current facilities and plan for a 21st century learning environment that meets the school’s future needs and supports its strategic plan.

“We look forward to partnering with Dawson on the master plan to design a forward-thinking, sustainable campus that will integrate the current facilities and meet the ongoing needs of the students, faculty, and community,” says Adele Willson, principal, SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht.

George P. Moore, head of school for Dawson, adds, “After an extensive search, we determined SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht  was an ideal choice to partner with Dawson in exploring this next stage of our development. Their demonstrated experience in contemporary educational spaces, combined with their thoughtful approach to incorporating both our school’s history and its vision for the future, made them a perfect fit.”

Dawson’s 107-acre campus currently serves roughly 500 students. The school provides challenging college-preparatory academics, individual attention, exceptional faculty, robust athletics and arts programs, and renowned outdoor and experiential education.

About SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht

SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht  is a full service architecture firm with offices in Denver, Baltimore, and Alexandria, VA. Their services include: landscape architecture, planning, architecture, and interior design. The firm specializes in education environments, healthcare, multifamily and mixed use projects as well as historic preservation.  For more information, visit www.SLATERPAULL.com.

 

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SLATERPAULL | HORD COPLAN MACHT AND NUNN CONSTRUCTION TAPPED FOR $25M DESIGN-BUILD PROJECT AT CSU-PUEBLO

Denver, CO (November 20, 2014) – The design-build team of Nunn Construction/SLATERPAULL|HCM announce today that they were selected for the Occhiato University Center addition and renovation project on the campus of Colorado State University Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo).

The anticipated $25 million, 166,000-square-foot student center renovation and addition will be designed by Denver-based SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht and built by Nunn Construction of Colorado Springs. The student center, which includes a complete renovation of the existing 86,000-square-foot space with a 60,000-square-foot addition, is expected to be completed in 2017.

“We look forward to partnering with CSU-Pueblo on another campus project and designing a forward-thinking facility that will meet the needs of the students, faculty and community,” says Jennifer Cordes, principal, SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht.

The new student center is slated to include new residential dining venues for up to 2,000 on-campus students, a full service/banquet kitchen facility to support community and campus events, retail dining space, student lounges, an 11,000-square-foot ballroom, a 200-seat theater space, and a variety of office and student office facilities.

“Our goal is to transform the Occhiato University Center into the primary gathering place on campus that draws students and community members to CSU-Pueblo. With our proven team, I know we will make this goal a reality,” says Tyson Nunn, president, Nunn Construction.

About SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht

SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht is a full service architecture firm with offices in Denver, Baltimore and Alexandria. Their services include: landscape architecture, planning, architecture and interior design.  The firm specializes in education environments, healthcare, multifamily and mixed use projects as well as historic preservation. The firm’s roots stem from SLATERPAULL’s 40+ year architecture practice dedicated to creating community-enhancing environments that reflect the firm’s commitment to ‘Design for a Sustainable Future.’ For more information, visit www.SLATERPAULL.com.

About Nunn Construction

Nunn Construction is a commercial general contractor that specializes in educational facilities, office buildings, and medical facilities. Nunn is a Colorado based, family owned company that has been in business since 1983. As a mid-sized company with a focused work program, Nunn has the capabilities to build large complex projects and we focus our resources on select buildings instead of large volumes of work. This makes Nunn unique in that we allocate more corporate resources on our projects and give our managers the time and resources to provide unequaled service that results in higher quality buildings, tight cost controls and meeting all schedule requirements. For more information, visit www.nunnconstruction.com.

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SLATERPAULL | HORD COPLAN MACHT RECEIVES AWARD FROM GOVERNOR’S OFFICE AND DOWNTOWN COLORADO, INC. FOR AVERY BLOCK

Denver, CO (September 16, 2014) – SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht announces that the firm was a winner of a 2014 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence for the Avery Block building. The project was awarded the Best Façade Program recognition by the Governor’s office and Downtown Colorado, Inc. for outstanding projects and people that reflect an attitude of perseverance and dedication to community revitalization in Colorado.

“We are grateful to the Governor’s office, Downtown Colorado, Inc. and Palmer Properties, our client and partner,” states Gary Petri, principal, SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht. “Each of you has recognized this project, making it possible for this building to continue to contribute to the fabric of Colorado’s history and the vibrant community of Old Town Fort Collins.”

The Avery Block is located on the northeast corner of North College Avenue and East Mountain Avenue in Fort Collins, Colorado and is part of Old Town Fort Collins. Designed by the town’s first architect, Montezuma W. Fuller, in 1897, the building originally housed Franklin Avery’s First National Bank. The Avery Block is a two-story brick and sandstone building and is made up of three distinct irregular structures. The Avery Block is located in the existing Old Town historic district.

The firm created several conceptual 3-D designs for the Avery Block storefront rehabilitation and completed the renovation in 2012. The project included stone and brick rehabilitation, door and window rehabilitation, pressed tin cornice rehabilitation, and the reconstruction of stone finials and the storefront cornice based on historic photographs. Avery Building, LLC, the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority and the City of Fort Collins partnered together with funding provided in part by History Colorado and the State Historical Fund.

About SLATERPAULL Hord Coplan Macht

SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht is a Denver-based architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design firm specializing in K-12 and higher education environments, and historic preservation, as well as healthcare, multifamily and mixed use projects. The firm’s roots stem from SLATERPAULL’s 40+ year architecture practice and dedication to creating community-enhancing environments that reflect the firm’s commitment to ‘Design for a Sustainable Future.’ For more information, visit www.SLATERPAULL.com. ###

Baltimore architecture firm looks to Rockies

A Baltimore architecture firm founded in 1977 by two Park School graduates and a friend has nearly doubled in size in the last two years, making its most ambitious bid for greater reach last month when it announced the expansion of its footprint to Colorado.

In two years, Hord Coplan Macht has opened an office in Alexandria, Va., wooed top talent to its ranks, and worked to merge with smaller Denver-based SLATERPAULL.

The growth has brought employee count at the firm — which worked on Fells Point's Union Wharf apartments, Towson University's new SECU Arena, Morgan State University's Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies and the West Shore Park, among other projects — to 180, up from about 100 just two years ago.

"We didn't sit down and say, 'Let's open up an office in the Rocky Mountain region someday, but we did make a strategic decision that being 100 and some people in one region … was — not risky, but rather restrictive to us," said CEO Lee Coplan, 63, one of the firm's three founders.

The partnership with SLATERPAULL, which has a strong practice in education, will allow Hord Coplan Macht to expand geographically, building from SLATERPAULL's base into its other areas of expertise, Coplan said.

"Our strategy, if there is a strategy, is not to necessarily expand our services or to get into new building types, but rather to get deeper in our knowledge base, with additional people or research," he said.

Employment in architecture, engineering and related services peaked in 2008, with 1.44 million jobs nationwide, including 21,100 in the Baltimore region, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The local employment dropped to 19,600 in 2010 before recovering last year, when the number of jobs climbed to 21,300.

Hord Coplan Macht's mix of clients — which include health care, education, landscape architecture, multi-family apartments and senior living — helped it withstand the real estate industry's downturn, and press forward as the recovery began, in some sectors faster than others, said Rich Burns, an architect and member of the city's design review panel. It also provides a range of services, including architecture, planning, landscape architecture and design.

"It speaks to Hord Coplan Macht's business genius that they're very diversified," he said.

In 2009, Hord Coplan Macht absorbed employees from CSD Architects, which closed after 62 years as a result of the recession. SLATERPAULL, which will operate in Denver as SLATERPAULL |  Hord Coplan Macht, has roughly 50 employees.

The Baltimore region's central location on the East Coast has long served as a launching pad for architecture firms, such as RTKL and others, said Rob Brennan, president-elect of the AIA Baltimore chapter and principal at Brennan + Company Architects, based in Ellicott City.

"There is a history of small firms starting here and growing large," he said. "At some point a firm reaches a point where it has saturated a market with its presence and the only way to continue to grow is to move beyond that market."

Burns said Hord Coplan Macht, known for being attentive to clients, also boosted its reputation as a hub for top design, in part through its strategic hires, many of whom share ownership of the firm. For example, in 2008, Hord Coplan Macht hired Chris Harvey, now its design director, from Design Collective.

"We viewed it as poaching. They viewed it as being very smart and hiring the best people for the job," said Burns, who was a principal at Design Collective at the time.

Last year, Hord Coplan Macht had 250 active projects in the Baltimore and Washington markets, with two-thirds in the Baltimore area. Coplan declined to disclose the company's revenues, but Architectural Record reported in August that it had $22.7 million in design revenue in 2013, second only to Ayers Saint Gross' $29.8 million among Baltimore firms.

Warren Green, former president and CEO of Lifebridge Health, which owns Sinai, Northwest Hospital and Levindale, and worked repeatedly with Hord Coplan Macht, said the firm was not afraid to try new ideas, creating a space that reorganized emergency room care in Sinai's emergency center ER-7, completed in 1998.

"It was a really gratifying experience to be able to work with people who listened … carefully and stick their necks out a bit," he said.

As early as 1992, when Hord Coplan Macht had 18 employees and worked from an office in Charles Village, the firm looked to expand its range, temporarily merging with a larger firm based in San Francisco. Its offices are now downtown on Pratt Street.

Hord Coplan Macht made a cold call to SLATERPAULL about the possibility of joining forces, said James Pedler, the Denver firm's president. After a long courting process, the firms' cultural similarities brought them together, he said.

"We came to the conclusion that we really could be stronger together than each of us just proceeding the way we were," Pedler said.

At Hord Coplan Macht the culture of self-direction stems in part from the experience of being schooled at Park, which prides itself on a progressive approach to education, said Coplan, who met co-founder Carol Macht, a landscape architect, there in ninth grade. Ed Hord, the third founder, went to school at Washington University in St. Louis with Macht and later worked in Baltimore.

Park "was progressive in its approach to education and it worked well for people who were self-motivated and didn't work well for people who needed a lot of direction and guidance," Coplan said. "We are like that — if you are self-motivated and have a desire to grow professionally, we will give you the room and resources to do that."

The new possibilities out west won't take the firm away from its Baltimore beginnings, he added: "Our roots are here in Baltimore … and that won't change."

nsherman@baltsun.com


 

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 ARCHITECTS MERGES WITH HORD COPLAN MACHT

Denver-Based SLATERPAULL Architects Joins Forces with HCM to Create Multidisciplinary Practice

 

Denver, CO (July 24, 2014) – SLATERPAULL Architects announces that it has merged with Hord Coplan Macht (HCM), a multidisciplinary firm out of Baltimore, MD. The merger will create a full-service practice with offices in Denver, Baltimore and Alexandria, VA that offers integrated architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, planning and historic preservation services. In the Denver office, the combined firm will do business as SLATERPAULL |  Hord Coplan Macht and will continue to specialize in K-12 and higher education environments and historic preservation, with the addition of healthcare, multifamily and mixed use markets and landscape architecture services.

 

“We share similar areas of expertise and cultures, as well as a strong sense of commitment to sustainable design, research and collaboration, which made this partnership a natural fit,” says Jamie Pedler, president and CFO of SLATERPAULL Architects. “We look forward to continuing to provide the same high level of service to our clients that we have delivered for the past 40 years with enhanced capabilities and expertise in additional project types.”

 

The new firm will include a total of 180 employees among the three offices. The Denver office of SLATERPAULL |  Hord Coplan Macht will include approximately 50 employees at its location in the former fire station, Engine House No. 5, at 1331 Nineteenth Street in downtown Denver.

 

“By combining our strengths, we can offer deeper expertise and a broader scope of services to our clients in more markets,” said Lee Coplan, CEO and founding partner of Hord Coplan Macht.  “Ultimately, that means we can have a bigger positive impact on the organizations and communities we serve.”

 

Leaders from both organizations will share in governing the combined firm. Jamie Pedler, Adele Willson and Jennifer Cordes of SLATERPAULL will join Hord Coplan Macht’s board of directors, with Lee Coplan remaining as CEO.

 

About SLATERPAULL Hord Coplan Macht

SLATERPAULL |  Hord Coplan Macht is a Denver-based architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design firm specializing in K-12 and higher education environments, and historic preservation, as well as healthcare, multifamily and mixed use projects. The firm’s roots stem from SLATERPAULL’s 40+ year architecture practice and dedication to creating community-enhancing environments that reflect the firm’s commitment to ‘Design for a Sustainable Future.’ For more information, visit www.SLATERPAULL.com.

SLATERPAULL, Valor & Saunders Break Ground on Arts Building

Highlands Ranch, CO (May 5, 2014) – Valor Christian High School, SLATERPAULL Architects and Saunders Construction, Inc. announce that they broke ground on The Valor Center for Culture and Influence, a  83,000-square-foot visual and performing arts building and extension of the school’s existing college preparatory campus. The two-story facility will expand upon Valor’s dedication to the arts with an extensive visual and performing arts curriculum, while increasing teaching space for the school to grow to a projected enrollment of 1200 students.

The design and construction team for The Valor Center is led by SLATERPAULL and Saunders who designed and built the academics building, athletics building, stadium and chapel. The architecture for the arts center will complement the traditional brick and stone character of the existing campus. Spaces such as the main lobby, art galleries, bistro and event lobby will connect either directly or visually with the outdoor quads on campus, allowing students to easily migrate between buildings. This project is also targeting LEED Gold certification.

"We are thrilled to announce the groundbreaking for The Valor Center for Culture and Influence. Since our inception we have planned for specialized facilities for all of our programs and we look forward to enhancing our campus in advance of our vision,” says Kurt Unruh, head of school. “We have a high vision for our students and The Valor Center will help us instruct and prepare our students to become leaders in culture, business, arts, media, education and beyond.”

Construction will begin this month on The Valor Center, which will provide space for instrumental and symphonic music, choral, jazz, dance, theater and stage craft classes, as well as television production, illustration, sculpture, design and photography. The facility will house a 715-seat auditorium as the core of the music and drama programs and will serve as a common assembly space for a variety of instructional programs. The facility will also be home to the music program, a professional-level recording studio, visual arts classrooms, a photography suite, dance studios, a black box theater and a television/broadcast studio. The program classrooms will be supported by numerous digital media labs and small practice rooms for various rehearsals. The addition of The Valor Center will increase the number of total teaching spaces from 55 to 75, with 22 of those tailored for specialized instruction in arts and media.

“Our role as architect for the project is to blend the new Valor Center with the existing campus, while delivering innovative and highly creative spaces to allow students to explore the arts in a unique learning environment,” says Adele Willson, AIA, LEED AP, principal, SLATERPAULL Architects.

VALOR CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

Valor Christian High School is a college-preparatory high school based on a vision that values biblical principals and emphasizes the highest level of academic, athletic, and artistic achievement.  The motto, “Influence through Excellence” speaks to the mission of preparing students to be highly successful, Christ-centered, influential leaders in whatever career they pursue. Valor is located at 3775 Grace Boulevard in Highlands Ranch, CO. For more information, visit www.GoValor.com.

 About SLATERPAULL Architects

SLATERPAULL Architects is a Denver-based architecture practice celebrating over 40 years in business. A leader in the design of educational spaces, historic preservation and building renovation, SLATERPAULL Architects is dedicated to creating community-enhancing environments that reflect the firm’s commitment to ‘Design for a Sustainable Future.’ For more information, visit www.SLATERPAULL.com.

 SAUNDERS CONSTRUCTION, Inc.

Saunders Construction, Inc. serves the commercial building industry as a full-service general contractor and construction manager. A leader in the Colorado construction industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders' experience includes everything from well-known multi-use complexes, education, healthcare, municipal buildings, residential and office buildings, to retail centers, tenant-improvement projects. Serving the Denver Metro Area and Colorado's Front Range, Saunders is one of the region's largest general contractors and is the recipient of more than 100 industry awards for its construction excellence, employee achievements and community contributions. For more information, visit www.saundersci.com. 

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CSU PUEBLO BREAKS GROUND ON NEW CLASSROOM BUILDING DESIGNED BY SLATERPAULL

Denver, CO (April 18, 2014) – SLATERPAULL Architects, a Denver-based architecture firm, announces the groundbreaking for a new, three-story, 39,000-square-foot general classroom building on Colorado State University’s Pueblo campus. The building will be the first anchor on a planned east-west paseo development identified in the campus master plan.

 

The first two floors of the new building will offer a variety of classrooms spaces, including two, 135-person, tiered lecture auditoriums; two, tiered 75-seat lecture classrooms; four, 50-seat classrooms; computer labs and student meeting spaces. The third floor will include faculty offices and the Resource Development Center. The team, including Paul Wember as owner’s representative and GH Phipps as construction manager/general contractor, is targeting LEED Gold certification for the new facility.

 

“We are grateful to be involved in the design for the new general classroom building at CSU Pueblo.  It was the University’s goal to design a building that provided a first-class experience to all incoming freshman,” says Jennifer Cordes, AIA, LEED AP, principal, SLATERPAULL Architects.  “We are confident that the new facility will help the University accommodate its goals and growth plans, while providing progressive and flexible learning and teaching environments for the students and faculty.” 

 

About SLATERPAULL Architects

SLATERPAULL Architects is a Denver-based architecture practice celebrating over 40 years in business. A leader in the design of educational spaces, from PK-12 to higher education, SLATERPAULL Architects is dedicated to creating community-enhancing environments that reflect the firm’s commitment to ‘Design for a Sustainable Future.’ For more information, visit www.SLATERPAULL.com.

 

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Downtown Elementary School to Open at Emily Griffith Campus on April 9

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Downtown Elementary School to Open at Emily Griffith Campus on April 9

 

Denver -- The Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (DDES) will make history this week as the first public elementary school to open in downtown Denver. DDES will open on Wednesday, April 9 at the Emily Griffith Campus, located at 1860 Lincoln St. The school first opened in August 2013 at its temporary location at Smedley Elementary in northwest Denver. DDES is moving to its permanent home at the Emily Griffith Campus and will occupy the first and second floors of the building. View a DPS Features video on the school and students’ move to downtown Denver.

 

Purchased by Denver Public Schools in December 2012, the Emily Griffith Campus will house two additional schools this fall – Emily Griffith High School and Emily Griffith Technical College. Denver Public Schools central school-support staff will also re-locate to the Emily Griffith Campus this spring and summer.

 

Media are invited to join DDES students, staff, families, and DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg for an opening day ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, April 9.

 

WHAT:        Downtown Denver Expeditionary School Opening Day

                   *Ribbon cutting ceremony followed by start of school with students and teachers. Interviews available before and after the ceremony. Classroom b-roll opportunity also available.

 

WHO:         Students, parents, school teachers and leaders

                   DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg

                   City Councilman Albus Brooks

                   Downtown Denver Partnership CEO and President Tami Door

 

WHEN:       Wednesday, April 9 @ 7:30 a.m.

 

WHERE:      Emily Griffith Campus

                   Outside the DDES entrance on the north side of the building

                   1860 Lincoln St., Denver

 

 

About the Emily Griffith Campus:

The 13-story building, located in the heart of downtown Denver, is named to honor of Emily Griffith, a legendary Denver woman who became an inspirational pioneer in education and community service. The Emily Griffith Campus will serve as the home of Emily Griffith Technical College, Emily Griffith High School, the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School, and the DPS School-Support Center. In addition to providing a modern, updated learning facility, the new Emily Griffith Campus will provide new opportunities for the students it serves. The Emily Griffith Technical College operates several student-run businesses—including a café, barber shop, and salon —which will benefit from upgraded facilities and a central location.  

 

The first school to move to the Emily Griffith Campus is the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School, on April 9, 2014.

 

Emily Griffith Technical College and Emily Griffith High School are expected to open at the new campus in August for the start of school year 2014-2015. DPS staff will begin moving into the building this spring.

 

DPS purchased the building at 1860 Lincoln St. in December 2012. The purchase and move to the Emily Griffith Campus are being funded with proceeds from the sales of existing DPS properties, along with 2012 bond funds allocated for a new location for Emily Griffith Technical College and Emily Griffith High School.  The move and facility consolidation is expected to save DPS more than $5 million in operating costs over the next 10 years. 

 

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SLATERPAULL Completes Margery Reed Hall at the University of Denver

Denver, CO (April 8, 2014) – SLATERPAULL Architects announces that it has completed the renovation of Margery Reed Hall on the University of Denver (DU) campus. The 34,000 square foot building, located at the corner of University Boulevard and Evans Avenue in Denver, officially re-opens today. The building was originally designed by well-known Pennsylvania architect Charles Z. Klauder and constructed in 1929.  The $8 million renovation was designed to meet the growing needs and expanding programs at DU’s Daniels College of Business. 

 

The newly renovated facility will house 11 new, state-of-the-art classrooms, nine student study/gathering spaces, a 20-seat board room and faculty and staff office suites. The project also includes a major renovation of the Reiman Theater, including the restoration of the historic Shakespearean mural, which serves as the centerpiece of the 169-seat venue.

                                          

“We were very excited to be involved in the renovation of Margery Reed Hall and to collaborate with the University of Denver on this prominent building,” says Gary Petri, principal, SLATERPAULL Architects.  “Of key importance on this project was respecting the character of the original architecture of the building, designed by one of the most famous early 20th century college and university architects, Klauder and Day from Philadelphia, while delivering a premier learning and teaching environment for DU students and faculty.”

 

About SLATERPAULL Architects

SLATERPAULL Architects is a Denver-based architecture practice celebrating over 40 years in business. A leader in the design of educational spaces, historic preservation and building renovation, SLATERPAULL Architects is dedicated to creating community-enhancing environments that reflect the firm’s commitment to ‘Design for a Sustainable Future.’ For more information, visit www.SLATERPAULL.com.

 

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SLATERPAULL ARCHITECTS WINS PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EMERSON SCHOOL

Denver, CO (February 5, 2014) – SLATERPAULL Architects announces they, along with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Spectrum General Contractors and St. Charles Town Company, have been awarded The President’s Award for the Emerson School renovation by History Colorado.  

 

The Emerson School, constructed in 1885, is the oldest remaining example of a building designed by prominent Colorado architect, Robert S. Roeschlaub.  The building functioned as a school until 1979. In 1984, the building was designated as a local landmark by the Denver City Council and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997 for its architectural significance. 

 

SLATERPAULL began work on the building in 2008 with a historic structure assessment, followed by a building-wide renovation project, which was completed in 2011.  The building currently is home to several local preservation organizations including the Western office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Denver Inc., and Colorado Preservation Inc.

 

SLATERPAULL Architects is a Denver-based architecture practice celebrating nearly 42 years in business. A leader in the design of educational spaces and historic preservation, SLATERPAULL Architects is dedicated to creating community-enhancing environments that reflect the firm’s commitment to ‘Design for a Sustainable Future.’ For more information, visit www.SLATERPAULL.com.

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Timberline PK-8 Opens

Denver, CO (September 9, 2013) – SLATERPAULL Architects announces that Timberline PK-8 has opened after a 14-month renovation and addition process.  SLATERPAULL worked with St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD) to create a 14,000-square-foot addition between two existing school buildings for the new $13.3M PK-8 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) school in Longmont, CO.  

SLATERPAULL’S design for Timberline PK-8 combined Heritage Middle School and Loma Linda Elementary School with a 14,000-square-foot addition that includes a shared library, administration suite and counseling suite.  The completed building at 158,000 square feet will serve over 1,100 students pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

“Timberline PK-8 has been a collaborative effort with the staff and community and we are confident the new PK-8 campus will serve the students and educators of St. Vrain Valley School District and provide a 21st century learning environment with a STEM focus,” says Adele Willson, AIA, LEED AP, principal, SLATERPAULL Architects.

About SLATERPAULL Architects

SLATERPAULL Architects is a Denver-based architecture practice celebrating over 40 years in business. A leader in the design of educational spaces, historic preservation and building renovation, SLATERPAULL Architects is dedicated to creating community-enhancing environments that reflect the firm’s commitment to ‘Design for a Sustainable Future.’ For more information, visit www.SLATERPAULL.com.

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PCL/SLATERPAULL Tapped for Denver Public Schools' 1860 Lincoln Project

Denver, CO (August 13, 2013) - The design-build team of PCL/SLATERPAULL announces that it was selected by Denver Public Schools (DPS) for the $31.4M 1860 Lincoln project, which includes the renovation of an existing Denver office building for a major shared campus, which includes educational facilities for the new Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (DDES, a K-5 program), Emily Griffith High School, Emily Griffith Technical College and administrative offices for over 1,000 DPS employees.

Interior demolition of the 1962 building is nearly complete, with a large-scale building renovation effort taking place to salvage and re-use materials from the existing 415,000-square-foot building. Nearly 35,000 cubic feet of metal and over 86,000 square feet of carpet tile been diverted from the landfill and repurposed, reused, recycled and/or donated to date to Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, Castle Rock Library and around DPS.  Over 80,000 square feet of ceiling tiles will be recycled into new tiles for the completed building.

The current plan for the building, which includes thirteen floors plus a mezzanine level and two levels of underground parking, calls for the creation of a vertical campus to house DDES, Emily Griffith High School, Emily Griffith Technical College and DPS administrative services.

Emily Griffith will relocate several programs that are currently offered at the Welton Street location, including: Emily Griffith High School; business and technology programs (accounting, computer sciences and GIS); design industries programs (culinary arts, fashion design, and cosmetology and barbering); health sciences programs (dental, medical, and pharmaceutical assistants); distance learning lab and student services.

The space planned for the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School, a K-5 charter school, will include 17 classrooms, breakout spaces, library, administration area and multi-purpose space and will serve 400 to 450 students.

The Denver Public Schools Administration office will allow most administration services to function out of one central location housing academic support services, administrative support services and a Board of Education meeting space. 

About the PCL Family of Companies

PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of more than $6 billion, making PCL one of the largest contracting organizations in North America. Watch us build at www.PCL.com.

About SLATERPAULL Architects

SLATERPAULL Architects is a Denver-based architecture practice celebrating over 40 years in business. A leader in the design of educational spaces, historic preservation and building renovation, SLATERPAULL Architects is dedicated to creating community-enhancing environments that reflect the firm’s commitment to ‘Design for a Sustainable Future.’ For more information, visit www.SLATERPAULL.com.

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SLATERPAULL Architects Adds Staff

Denver, CO (June 18, 2013) – Denver-based SLATERPAULL Architects announces that it has added five employees to its staff, including Heather Schafer as architect, Kristine Rouse and Elizabeth Pavisha as interior designers, and Eric Hutchinson and Emily Szilagyi-Mack as intern architects.

“We are excited about the new additions to our team and the expertise and assistance they will bring to our projects,” says Adele Willson, AIA, LEED AP, principal.

SLATERPAULL Architects is a Denver-based architecture practice celebrating over 40 years in business. A leader in the design of educational spaces and historic preservation, SLATERPAULL Architects is dedicated to creating community-enhancing environments that reflect the firm’s commitment to ‘Design for a Sustainable Future.’ For more information, visit www.SLATERPAULL.com.

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SLATERPAULL ARCHITECTS NAMED GREEN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR BY DENVER METRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Denver, CO (April 29, 2013) - SLATERPAULL Architects announces that it has been named Green Business of the Year by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.  The award was presented to the firm, which specializes in educational environments and historic preservation projects with a focus on sustainable design, at the 2013 Business Award luncheon Friday, April 26. 

“This is quite an honor,” says Jamie Pedler, president and CFO of SLATERPAULL Architects.  “We want to thank all of the employees of SLATERPAULL.  It’s really their commitment and dedication to sustainability that has truly made us successful.”

In addition to the firm’s overall sustainability philosophy, SLATERPAULL has been recognized for the green renovation and adaptive re-use of former Denver fire station, Engine House No. 5, which is now home to the firm’s 40 employees. The office space was named the first LEED Platinum historic building in Colorado and exemplifies the firm’s mission of ‘Design for a Sustainable Future’. As an extension of its green business practices, SLATERPAULL hosts an annual Green Challenge, from St. Patrick’s Day to Earth Day, which encourages all employees to reduce their impact on the planet and encourages others to do the same. The firm recently celebrated 40 years in business and continues to emphasize its sustainable design efforts with minimal sustainable goals for all projects.

“We get to impact the greater community with our projects while looking for ways to reduce our impact on the environment, which makes our work incredibly meaningful,” says Adele Willson, principal, SLATERPAULL Architects.

About SLATERPAULL

SLATERPAULL Architects is a Denver-based architecture practice celebrating over 40 years in business. A leader in the design of educational spaces, historic preservation and building renovation, SLATERPAULL Architects is dedicated to creating community-enhancing environments that reflect the firm’s commitment to ‘Design for a Sustainable Future.’ For more information, visit www.SLATERPAULL.com.

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SLATERPAULL ARCHITECTS TEAM WINS AIA COLORADO COMPETITION

Denver, CO (March 6, 2013) - SLATERPAULL Architects announces that a team of seven employees was recently selected by the American Association of Architects (AIA) Colorado as the winner of the AIA Colorado Viewfinder Competition.  

The PeeP Viewfinder team is comprised of Travis Bostic, Shooka Sarafi, Christine Teichart, Dorothy Ma, Ryan Adragna, Talia Rubin, and Ara Massey from SLATERPAULL Architects, along with associates from Spectrum General Contractors and KL&A Engineers. 

The competition was established by AIA Colorado in preparation for the 2013 AIA Nation Convention and Design Exposition being held in Denver this June. The winning design by the SLATERPAULL team, entitled PeeP Viewfinder, will be officially unveiled in Downtown Denver on June 14 at 16th and Larimer and will be showcased at the 2013 AIA National Convention and Design Convention beginning on June 20, allowing for architects and designers from all over the nation to view and appreciate the piece firsthand. It will be completely powered by solar energy.

“We believe that the installation of the PeeP Viewfinder will inspire both young and old to experience Denver in an interactive and unconventional manner, and gain a new understanding of Colorado architecture, history and heritage,” says Travis Bostic, LEED AP, BD+C, associate, SLATERPAULL Architects.

Among the requirements of the competition, the sculptural projects were to be modeled after a viewfinder, and were to help the public understand and have an appreciation for the architectural creations that surround them in downtown Denver. The project entry developed by the SLATERPAULL team includes “an experiential installation in the heart of Downtown Denver. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage with the installation, learn about Colorado History through imagery, and experience Downtown Denver in a new light.” 

The PeeP Viewfinder will incorporate a variety of “drawers”, encouraging interaction, problem solving, and playfulness. A sampling of these interactive drawers include the “Photo Box”, which features historic photographs of Denver monuments and buildings which will replicate ones current surroundings with its historic version from decades ago, thus showing architectural progress in the Denver skyline. The “Pinhole Viewport” will be used to highlight an architectural detail easily missed in the downtown skyline or 16th Street mall, while the “Material Box” will display local materials and their relationship to Colorado. The PeeP Viewfinder installation will be powered by solar energy and will be constructed of sheet metal with acrylic transparent “drawers” allowing light to emit at night from a small panel. 

About SLATERPAULL 

SLATERPAULL Architects is a Denver-based architecture practice celebrating over 40 years in business. A leader in the design of educational spaces, historic preservation and building renovation, SLATERPAULL Architects is dedicated to creating community-enhancing environments that reflect the firm’s commitment to ‘Design for a Sustainable Future.’ For more information, visit www.SLATERPAULL.com. 

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SLATERPAULL ARCHITECTS SELECTED FOR HIGHER ED PROJECTS THROUGHOUT STATE

Denver, CO (December 3, 2012) – SLATERPAULL Architects was recently selected to provide architectural services for several higher education projects throughout the state, including the renovation of the Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado at Boulder; renovation of the 5th Street Hub building on the Auraria Higher Education Campus; a program plan for Colorado State University’s Rockwell Hall at the College of Business and the new $12 million academic office building at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs.  

The $2.6 million renovation of the Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado at Boulder currently being designed by SLATERPAULL includes an extensive technology upgrade in order to keep the planetarium up-to-date and able to serve the university and the community for years to come.

The 5th Street Hub building on the Auraria Higher Education Campus (AHEC) will undergo a renovation designed by SLATERPAULL to house several new academic programs for the campus.  The design and construction of the renovation will be phased to accommodate each program’s development and need for space.  The first phase will include the UCD Automotive Engineering Program and the MSU Bio-Diesel program, which will both be completed for the beginning of the 2013 spring semester.

Colorado State University selected SLATERPAULL to provide architectural programming services and potential design services for an addition and renovation to Rockwell Hall at the College of Business. The initial phase will include programming and conceptual design services for the future growth of the College of Business. 

SLATERPAULL was also recently selected by the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (UCCS) as part of a design/build team with Nunn Construction to provide architectural services for the design of the new 35,000 square foot academic office building. SLATERPAULL is targeting LEED Gold certification for the new $12 million facility which will house faculty and staff offices.

SLATERPAULL Architects is a Denver-based architecture practice celebrating 40 years in business. A leader in the design of educational spaces, historic preservation and building renovation, SLATERPAULL Architects is dedicated to creating community-enhancing environments that reflect the firm’s commitment to ‘Design for a Sustainable Future.’ For more information, visit www.SLATERPAULL.com. 

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