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Mayor's design winners a diverse lot



  • Winners of Mayor’s Design Awards.
  • 15 winners honored tonight.
  • Winners represent an eclectic mix.
A 16th Street Mall event was one of the winners of a Mayor's Design Award.

A 16th Street Mall event was one of the winners of a Mayor’s Design Award.

An alley transformed into a veritable art gallery by street artists.

An eclectic, super-energy efficient modern home in the still primarily industrial part of the RiNo neighborhood.

A building made out of reclaimed shipping crates.

An event on the 16th Street Mall that detoured the free shuttle buses to encourage and showcase the benefits of walking and biking.

These are examples of the diverse  buildings, places and events honored in the 2014 Mayor’s Design Awards.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and the city’s Community Planning and Development Department tonight will shine a spotlight on the 15 projects selected for excellence in architecture, design and place-making during. The ceremony  begins at 6 p.m. in the  Studio Loft of the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

“This year’s winning projects are phenomenal examples of what makes Denver a vibrant city,” Hancock said.

“From homes to restaurants to community gathering places, this city is developing such unique places for the Denver community for years to come,” the mayor added.

Since 2005, the awards have been presented to Denver homeowners, business owners, nonprofits, artists and others for their creative contributions to the public realm through innovative design

Winners range from public street art to adaptive reuse of historic structures to tactical urbanism to new community gathering places.

 Each brings something special to Denver’s unique visual fabric and speaks to our collective commitment to building healthy, sustainable communities, according to the city.

 Following is a list and a description from the city of the winners:

The RiNo home built by Dave Fox and Pat Tjaden, a winner of a Mayor's Design Award.

The RiNo home built by Dave Fox and Pat Tjaden, a winner of a Mayor’s Design Award.

Fox/Tjaden Residences, 3513 and 3515 Delgany St.:

  • In building their dream home, David Fox and Patricia Tjaden embraced the eclectic style of the emerging River North community. The result was a small, uniquely designed structure that is at home among the industrial- and mixed-use developments that dot the neighborhood but also easily recognizable as a home itself. Built used advanced building methods and technology, the energy efficient, sustainable home and the adjacent rental property feature walls made with ‘structural insulated panels’ (SIP), which help to form a super-insulated exterior envelope, and repurposed materials including beetle-kill pine for the floors and stairways and recycled concrete stones on the patios.

Category: This Is Home

Owner: David Fox and Patricia Tjaden

Architect: Davis Urban

Builder: Peak 1 Enterprises, LLC

16th Street Mall

  • Meet in the Street” — 16th St. Mall

 Downtown Denver’s central artery, the 16th Street Mall, is as recognizable and heavily trafficked as any  street in Denver—a fact that makes its makeover during “Meet in the Street” all the more remarkable. Envisioned as a way to encourage a more bike- and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere, the event did more than just detour the Free MallRide shuttles to 15th and 17th streets From drum circles, to bike-decorating stations, live music and street art, Meet the Street. created an open, multipurpose, walkable space, resulting in more pedestrians on the Mall for longer periods of time, encouraging people to engage with businesses and build community and proving that even the most well-known places can be transformed and re-imagined.

Category: Active Spaces

Event Organizers: Downtown Denver Partnership, Downtown Denver Business Improvement District

The Art Alley wins a Mayor's Design Award.

The Art Alley wins a Mayor’s Design Award.

“Art Alley” — Alley between Larimer and Walnut streets at 27th Avenue:

  • Few things have the power to transform public spaces like art, and few places in the city Denver demonstrate that fact as well as the collection of murals along this alley in the River North Art District. The art is the work of some of the best local and nationally recognized street artists and is the result of “Colorado Crush,” an event that brought artists and neighbors together for a day of visual artistry, community building and urban transformation. The alley is no longer merely where the back-end of neighboring buildings meet but a special place in its own right, a veritable art gallery that redefines the alley’s role in the neighborhood’s landscape and identity.

Category: Art All Around

Organizer: Colorado Crush

Pearl Street

Pearl Street

South Pearl St. Bike Corrals, 1476 and 1529 South Pearl St.

  •  How do you accommodate a dozen customers with only one parking space? By offering a welcoming spot for them to park their bikes and clearing the sidewalk of bikes previously locked to trees or benches. Businesses on South Pearl St.’s thriving business district sought not only to increase parking capacity along their St., but also enhance the feeling of walkability and bikeability with an addition that would be functional and attractive and that would fit-in with and enhance the look of the street and neighborhood. The first of their kind in Denver, the bike corrals are a great example of embracing a multi-modal approach to our streetscapes and doing so in a thoughtful way.

Category: Active Spaces

Owner: South Pearl St. Merchants Association.



Mariposa Phase III Interactive Stair, 1295 W. 10th Ave.:

  • Part of the Mariposa Community in La Alma/Lincoln Park, the Mariposa Phase III development honors the neighborhood’s rich tradition of art and culture with a design anchored in Denver Housing Authority’s community-driven development strategy. Its architectural expressions are drawn from the Mesoamerican cultures to respect the local community’s history, giving that culture life on the steps of the Interactive Stair. Designed to encourage residents to forgo the elevator, the stair produces a variety of sounds that follow the user. A 40-foot tall interactive chandelier with 1,800 LED lights serves as an artful center-piece that animates in synchronism with the sounds, bringing Mesoamerican culture to life as it promotes active living among residents.

Category: Active Spaces

Owner: The Housing Authority of the City & County of Denver

Architect: Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects

Builder: Milender White Construction Co.

The Source.

The Source.


The Source, 3350 Brighton Blvd.:

  • This 25,000-square-foot artisan food market found a home in the 1880s Colorado Iron Works building following the idea that great things to eat and drink are a universally appealing force with the power to help build communities. The original foundry building, with its abundant natural light streaming through clerestory windows, exposed trusses, and 40 feet of clear vertical space, was repurposed with a strong commitment to preserving its original character. The industrial design with clear layers of new materials complementing the original shell conveys the integrity and edginess the merchants and this new marketplace, harkening back to River North’s industrial roots while helping to usher in a new era for the neighborhood.

Category: Back to the Future

Owner: The Source Denver, LLC

Architect: Stephen Dynia Architects, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture

Builder: White Construction Group.

Pellicore Residence

Pellicore Residence

Pellicore Residence, 301 Humboldt St.:

  • This 1908 Dutch Colonial Revival stands among the historic gems in Denver’s Country Club Historic District, but like any building that has stood for more than 100 years, it didn’t make it this far without bumps and bruises. Understanding the challenge of shepherding a historic treasure into the 21st century, Rich and Karen Pellicore brought together a team who not only repaired exterior elements that detracted from the home’s character, but also built a seamless, respectful addition that honors and enhances the original design. To the casual passerby, the house looks the part of a stately historic home, but design professionals will recognize it as one that has been handled with great care.

Category: This Is Home

Owners: Rich and Karen Pellicore

Original architect: Varian and Sterner

Project architect: Doug Walter

Project builder: Mike Garner



Aria Apartments, 2791 W. 52nd Ave.:

  •  For the Aria Apartments, sustainability was not merely a method of construction, but an ethos that permeated every facet of its design and intention. A family friendly group of upscale buildings surrounded by open space, the complex characterizes the sense of place and healthy living principles of the larger Aria Denver mixed-use, mixed-income community. The complex is certified LEED Platinum and includes a 60KWH solar array that defray energy costs and support services and amenities for residents. The development provides 72 units of affordable housing to families earning from 30 percent to 60 percent of the median income in the Denver area, making sustainability not merely a luxury but a truly accessible way of life.

Category: Sustainable Style

Owner: Aria Apartments LLC

Architect: OZ Architecture

Builder: Palace Construction

The Emerson Lofts.

Emerson Lofts

Emerson Lofts, 777 Emerson St.:

  • Located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Emerson Street in Governor’s Park, Emerson Lofts is a modern expression of Capitol Hill’s historic multifamily buildings and Emerson St.’s single-family homes. Another product of the Landmark Preservation Commission’s design review process, the design takes into consideration the residential traits and rhythm of Emerson and the commercial scale and feel of Eighth Avenue. On Emerson, the building meets the St. with porches in the same manner as the district’s iconic Denver Squares, while on Eighth a more vertical, rowhouse feel creates a public/private transition to the avenue. The result is the successful integration of a multi-family development with great presence into one of the city’s historic districts.

Category: Density by Design

Owner: Fulenwider Inc. & CF Studio

Architect: CF Studio

Builder: Milender White Construction Co.

Station 26

Station 26 Brewing Co., 7045 E. 38th Ave,:

  • Originally built in 1960, the former Denver Fire Station 26 was renovated in 2013 and reconfigured to serve as a neighborhood brewery and taproom, which took its name from the building’s historical use, breathing new life into a historic structure. The brewery serves as a great example of a project that re-imagines a space, taking what’s there and using it in similar ways. Repurposed boxcar flooring was used to build custom tables, while the fire poles and other details were incorporated into the new design with the intention of retaining the character that came with the building’s history. The brewery has activated a new space for the community, making it a key part of the future of the Park Hill neighborhood for many years to come.

Category: Back to the Future

Owners: Justin Baccary and Annie Konegni

Architect: Greg Howes / R3 Design Architecture

Builder: Foothills Commercial Builders

 Shipping Crate Building2500 Larimer (“Shipping crate building”):

  •  Constructed out of 29 reclaimed shipping containers, this development of sustainable micro-retail and office space keys in on the beautiful simplicity and efficiencies of the containers themselves, rather than obscuring their features. The design brings them together in a distinctive arrangements that creates a street wall and adds vibrancy and flare to the area. The dark, muted colors on the exterior walls are intended to fade into the background, so that particularly at night, the businesses themselves glow from inside, while the structure itself all but disappears. After years of housing and transporting goods across the world, the containers have new life and new energy that lifts up the neighborhood.

Category: Distinctive Denver

Owner: Gravitas Development

Architect: Matt Davis, Davis Urban

Builder: Sprung Construction

Pencil coal stack

Pencil coal stack

University Building “Pencil Coal Stack” at 910 16th St.:

  • It takes a new, major construction project—or a little imagination—to make an impression on downtown Denver’s iconic skyline. “The Pencil,” jutting out from the University Building on the 16th St. Mall, is a fanciful piece of public art that does just that. Formerly a silver coal stack that faded into the background beside the 1910 structure, this fun and unique addition to the downtown landscape rises 14 stories high and serves as the exclamation point for the ground-floor renovation that brought new life to the University Building. The pencil design is evocative of the new business culture of the building while adding a whimsical flare that fits right into downtown’s modern, urban environment.

Category: Distinctive Denver

Owner: Naiman Partners – 910 Associates, Inc.

Original Architects: William E. Fisher and Arthur A. Fisher

Project design: Brandon Kellogg, Superfluent Design

Painting: Richard Purnell, the BASE Group

Nancy P. Anschutz Center

Nancy P. Anschutz Center

Nancy P. Anschutz Center — Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver. 3333 Holly St.:

  • Creating a safe place for neighborhood youth to go after school was the driving force for this facility, the result of four years of community visioning, planning, and decision-making. Designed to blend with the neighborhood and convey a sense of shelter, the project was built on the ideas of prospect and refuge—to be safely inside a protected environment, able to look out and see the neighborhood. Structural pillars from the burned shopping area on which the structure was built remain on the exterior. These “Peace Poles” serve as a reminder of a hopeful new start for the area’s youth, risen from the ashes of a dark chapter and supporting a positive new legacy.

Category: Distinctive Denver

Owner: Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

Architect: OZ Architecture

Builder: Saunders Construction

Beer Garden Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden, 4995 Argonne St.:

  • The Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden was conceived as an amenity for the growing neighborhood, a one-of-a-kind space that encourages patrons to interact, play games, bring their families and enjoy great food and good Colorado beer close to home. The design blends the space into its surroundings, balancing an urban feel with the suburban quality of the neighborhood. The facility features more than 7,500 square feet of outdoor garden area, with vast open-air and community seating, a covered pavilion and a large outdoor game area complete with bocce ball and croquet, creating an environment of community and conviviality. It’s a place residents a space that they can call their own—a place to meet, celebrate and interact with neighbors.

Category: Distinctive Denver

Owner: GVR Beer Garden.

Mile High United Way.

Mile High United Way.

Mile High United Way, Morgridge Center, Curtis Park. 711 Park Avenue West:

  • Built as a mission-based community hub in the historic Curtis Park neighborhood, this facility was designed and built as a place where nonprofits, businesses and policymakers will convene and identify and solve community-wide problems. Working closely the Landmark Preservation Commission, Arapahoe Square and Curtis Park Neighbors and other stakeholders, the project team created a design that feels aesthetically and historically connected to the historic district in which it resides, taking advantage of a brownfield site on Park Ave. and focusing on connectivity, alternate transportation, bicycle storage, storm water collection, low light pollution and the neighborhood’s density. Rooted in city and organizational history, the building is a long-term investment in the redevelopment of the area and a perfect example of what happens when a community comes together.

Category: Distinctive Denver

Owner: Mile High United Way

Architect: Davis Partnership Architects

Builder: PCL Construction

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