Pura Vida Fitness Center + Spa + Offices (Cherry Creek, Colorado)
The owner’s goal for Pura Vida Fitness and Spa was to bring a fresh, clean, state-of-the-art fitness center to the Cherry Creek area. The center sits at the core of the neighborhood, in a former bookstore space. We were brought on board as the interior architect responsible for integrating and programming for Pura Vida while taking advantage of the building’s new presence at the center of Cherry Creek.
The program for Pura Vida needed to provide a first class experience unlike any other fitness center. By making the right choices in materials, finishes, and art – walking through Pura Vida provides the visitor with a ‘gallery’ like experience.
One of the main challenges on the project was creating a connection between the 33,000 square feet spread over the existing five levels. The team provided two entries points: one on the first level for walk-up members and a second entry located off of the parking garage. The interior vertical circulation from second floor to the remaining floors above is provided through an existing exit stairway. In order to visually connect the levels, the stairs were given a feeling of openness by placing glass windows into the stairwell. A sense of movement is provided by playful rectangular lights that dance up the stair.
Another unique programming element, located the high energy activity areas like group exercise studios and cardio areas along the curtain glass wall to help bring energy and a human presence to the street below. The mind-body experience of the center is strengthened by the connection between the energy and activity of the interior spaces with that energy of the neighborhood.
Project completed while Prinicipal, and designer at SBD. Photography: Ron Pollard
2501 Grove Street
2501 Grove Street Residences (Denver, Colorado)
The goal was to create a contemporary residential setting in an older urban neighborhood, adjacent to the Witter and Cofield historic district. 2501 Grove Street is a complex created on the historic footprint of the Romanesque St. Dominic’s Church and School, built in 1890.
In total there are thirteen residences, six units on the renovated main floor feature 12-foot ceilings and exposed-brick walls. Upper- story flats, of new construction, include 18-foot vaulted ceilings, mezzanines and generous rooftop decks. In first-floor flats, doors lead to individual patios, all of which flow into a secure, communal, landscaped courtyard.
The team incorporated several design/architectural features at 2501 Grove Street to both retain its historic feel and give the complex new vitality.
Project completed as Principal, and designer at SBD. Photography: Ron Pollard.
Asbury Court is a $7million, ¾ acre, sustainably designed “green” housing development located in south Denver. The project consists of three single family and 17 modern townhomes. This Planned Unit Development was designed to enrich the neighborhood. Community interaction and feedback were priorities from conception of the project.
Sustainable features include: recycled and rapidly renewable materials, energy-efficient construction, and permeable paving which is intended to reduce storm water runoff and improve water quality. The project was designed to meet LEED Silver designation.
The uniqueness of the design is evident in the conversion of the existing alley into an urban/pedestrian walkway, single-wide drive -through garages, courtyard mews, and rooftop.
Project completed while Principal, and designer at SBD.
Larimer Square Historic District
The non-historic arcade created in the late 1960's by demolishing the historic store fronts was abandoned and new storefronts, compatible with the historic district, were installed. Not only did this restore the historic relationship of the storefront to the sidewalk and street, retail square footage was increased.
Larimer Square Revitalization & Master Plan Buildings Magazine Renovation Awards, Honorable Mention, Modernization Restoration, 1990; AIA Colorado, Merit Award, 1990; AIA Western Mountain Region, Citation Award, 1990; Historic Denver Annual Awards, Honor Award, 1989 2016 ASLA Colorado Honor Award for Landmark
Project completed while designer and project manager at SBD. Photography: Andrew Kramer
Elitch Garden Master Plan & Architectural Design, Denver, Colorado
Elitch Gardens (Six Flags) was a key component in the redevelopment of the Platte River Valley neighborhood.The 50 acre amusement park relocated from its original North Denver site it had occupied since 1916.I was part of a large collaborative and complex process that involved several groups of professionals including urban planners, architects, landscape architects, graphic designers, and the City of Denver to develop the master plan for the unique downtown amusement park located in the heart of Denver.
My role at SBD was to design and develop the conceptual designs for the entry pavilion, cultural center, the new Tracadero, walkway promenade, elevated Ferris Wheel, the Wharf, kiosks, shade structures, and five different restaurants.
Photography: Hedrich Blessing. Rendering: Carl Dalio
Mushrif Central Park Abu Dhabi, UAE
Mushrif Central Park is a 30 acrepark renovation. Close colloboration with the landscape architect, James Hyatt Studio resulted in an integrated and cohesive response to the design of eleven structures within the Park.My responsibility was to design such amenities as the Women’s center, called the Friends of the Park building, the sculpture garden structure, numerous shade structures and a supermarket located adjacent to the Park.The contemporary design responds to the need for shelter in a garden-like desert environment.
Stanley British Primary School Gymnasium
Stanley British Primary School, William Daniels Gym (Denver, Colorado)
We developed the campus master plan for SBP’s relocation to the Lowry Campus over two decades ago. In a phased process, our office has provided architectural and design services for numerous projects including one of the largest new buildings on campus, the Bill Daniels Gymnasium.
This 14,790 square foot facility includes a music room, recreation storage, concessions space and locker rooms. The main court provides the school with volleyball, basketball, and P.E. classroom space as well as a venue for school functions and events.
Project while Principal,project manager, and designer at SBD. Photography:Ron Pollard
Cella Residence Denver, Colorado
This existing 1939 residence was remodeled and transformed from a simple brick structure. The house is located in Denver’s historic Parkhill neighborhood. The project was designed in the Prarie Style Arts and Crafts style. Originally designed as a 70 s.f. entry addition, the project expanded into a larger one. A new widened entry stair and gable entry porch, a wrap around terrace, new gabled roof overhang including a second floor expansion were designed in a close colloboration between the Owner/contractor and architect. Custom wood beams, columns and woodwork, crafted metal handrails and metal connectors, and light fixtures were designed. Stickley inspired furnishings were also fabricated in the Owner’s shop. An Asian influence incorporating natural earth tone colors is evident.
Larimer Square Revitalization & Master Plan Denver, Colorado
This award winning project included master planning, rehabilitation of historic buildings and facades, and construction of a new streetscape. The Master planning process identified an inventory of property assets, potential on-site development sites, pedestrian circulation, public event suitability, and building restoration.Projects such as the Bull and Bear Courtyard, The Champion Building, Kettle Arcade, Avenue of Shops, the Graham Building, the Larimer Streetscape and Larimer Square Parking Garage defined Larimer Square as a nationally known mixed use, tourist oriented historic district.
Completed at SBD. Project manager, designer Photography: Andrew Kramer
Cherokee Ranch & Castle Site Improvements Sedalia, Colorado
Located 20 miles south of Denver, this remarkable structure was constructed in 1924.Originally designed in the manner of a Scottish Castle, Home on the Range, it is sited on 3100 unspoiled acres.The site has panoramic Front Range views.The site renovation included new plazas, stairways, and landscaped planting complementary with the historic building.The Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation now operates the property as an events center, educational and performance space.
Completed at SBD.Project manager and designer Photography: Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation
Tavern Lowry Denver, Colorado
This building includes both a 6,200 square foot restaurant and 300 seat live music cabaret, the Soiled Dove Underground.The music venue located in the basement is completely noise isolated from the upstairs restaurant.
The quality of the performance space and flexibility of the seating configuration have become attractive to both performers and audiences.The Soiled Dove Underground has become known as Denver’s most intimate music club. The theatre also includes a live audio recording/monitor position, as well as a green room.
The restaurant can accommodate 200 people.The dining spaces , separated by a large island bar, are divided into various zones for acoustic and aesthetic purposes.The restaurant was designed as an indoor/outdoor space.Several pleasant outdoor dining areas are accessed by large accordion doors.
Completed at SBD.Project manager and designer Photography:Marc Applebaum
The Tavern Downtown 1940 Market Street Denver, Colorado
Two early 1900’s buildings were combined to house the Tavern Downtown and Cowboy Lounge.A rooftop bar and deck were constructed above these historic brick buildings.The rooftop bar was designed for year-round use.Large accordion doors, an outdoor fireplace, video projection screens,soffit integrated heaters, separated seating areas and views to downtown, the mountains and a grand view of Coors Field create an unique indoor/outdoor setting.The project was reviewed and approved by the Lower Downtown Design Review Board.The Rooftop Tavern was named one of America’s 10 best rooftop bars by Frontier Airlines magazine.
Project completed at SBD.Project manager/designer Rendering:Daryn Hosiassohn
Tavern DTC Denver, Colorado
The 10,000 s.f. restaurant with rooftop patio and 15,252 s.f. parking garage was designed for the Tavern Hospitality Group.The restaurant includes four interior and two exterior distinctive dining areas plus one large bar, a take-out option, dance floor and game area with mini-bowling.
The second level dining areas are accessible to the rooftop deck by wood and glass accordion doors.This deck area includes alfresco dining with anexterior fireplace and westerly views.
The restaurant is warm and inviting with exposed wood beams, fireplace, multiple dining areas that create a club type atmosphere.Exterior stone and architectural precast concrete materials complement the context of surrounding buildings.The project was designed to meet Denver Tech Center design review requirements.
Project completed at SBD.Project architect/designer Photography:Ron Pollard
Racine’s Denver, Colorado
Racine’s has been described as a Denver “Institution and favorite meeting place”.The design was based on time proven elements from the original restaurant.Transfering Racine’s identity meant careful attention to planning the interior layout as well as designing a new structure complementary to the constraints of an eclectic neighborhood.It was the Owners’ desire to create a comfortable and enduring dining experience.
The interior design incorporates seoarated dining areas (some elevated), a central bar, vaulted full span steel trusses with wood decking, whimsical hand blown globe lighting fixtures, a changing art display, and Racine’s trademark red lounge chairs.
The facades include articulated building massing with zig-zag patterned, banded and striated brick masonry and architectural precast detailing.An adjacent28,000 s.f. parking structure was designed to alleviate neighborhood traffic and parking concerns.Other amenities iinclude a covered patio, street level dining, and landscaped entry/waiting area.
Awarded Masterworks in Masonry Citation Award, 2004 by the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute Project completed while with SBD.Project Architect and designer. Photography:Ron Pollard
Graland Country Day School
Anschutz Commons at Graland Country Day School Denver, Colorado
The Anschutz Commons building is part of the 7 acre Graland Country Day Schoolcampus,
A private K-8 educational institution established in 1924.The 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art building $3.7m) earned a LEED Gold certification.
The dining hall space can accommodate presentations, dances and receptions as well as the cafeteria used daily for classroom activities.The south facing glass façade provides an abundance of natural daylight into the dining hall.Opening towards the patio, it will allow the school to hold larger functions and student gatherings.Natural daylight was a key component of the lower level classrooms and conference room.
Project completed at SBD.Project architect/designer Photography: Marc Applebaum
Denver School of the Arts
Denver School of the Arts Denver, Colorado
This project includes the renovation and new construction of the 186,000 s.f. home for the Denver Public School’s 900 student magnet School of the Arts.This magnet school provides training in theater, dance, instrumental and voice music, creative writing, visual arts, and video/cinematography as well as the core academic subjects.The former 1960’s era University of Denver performing arts center was creatively renovated and expanded to provide performance and instructional space.The facility includes:
600 seat multi-purpose theater with movable wall that can separate the stage from the auditorium.This allows the stage to serve as a “black box theater” while the auditorium can be simultaneously used for recitals, school assemblies or film screenings.
300 seat recital hall with a renovated stage; can also be sued for light opera and modern dance.125 seat dance theater with retractable seating and performance capability.
Film/video sound stage; informal performance platforms in the student commons and entry courtyard.
Instrumental rehearsal rooms; shared shop facilities for theater production and sculpture; metal workshop and ceramic studio; dance and movement studios
Project was completed at SBD in colloboration with Klipp Architects.Project Architect Photography:Ron Pollard and Marc Applebaum
2015 Colorado AIA Design Awards- Citation Award 2015 Denver AIA Design Awards- Merit Award
ENR Mountain States 2015 Best Projects Award First Place Winner Government/Public Buildings Category
2015 APWA Colorado Award Winner
Denver AIA Jury comments:
Southeast Metropolitan Storm Water Authority: Storm water agency headquarters are a building type rarely invested with the type of care that this project exhibits. It combines thoughtful formal gestures to the landscape with spatial inventiveness that makes it an enviable place to work. Materials and details are deftly and sparingly handled, forming a coherent ensemble of what other hands might have been a series of unrelated buildings.
Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority
The siting of the building was configured to optimize solar orientation and to showcase SEMSWA’s stormwater control project.
The entry is a high volume space, identifiable as an inviting human scaled entrance. Each building has identifiable elevations (rooftop monitors, window fenestration patterns and recesses, angled walls, patterned tall glass window walls, sloped roofs, and contrasting materials, colors, and textures) which contribute to the overall building composition. The muted color palette was selected to complement the native, high plains environment and landscape. The buildings are low, one story profiles.
Denver AIA Jury comments: Southeast Metropolitan Storm Water Authority: Storm water agency headquarters are a building type rarely invested with the type of care that this project exhibits. It combines thoughtful formal gestures to the landscape with spatial inventiveness that makes it an enviable place to work. Materials and details are deftly and sparingly handled, forming a coherent ensemble of what other hands might have been a series of unrelated buildings.
This residence, designed by prominent Boulder architect, Charles Haertling in 1975 is located on a unique prarie mesa with commanding views in 360 degrees. The house includes the extensive use of exposed fractured fin concrete, Sonotube formed columns, commercial aluminum and glass storefront and terrazzo floors.
The project includes a contemporary response to the renovation and restoration of the interior and exterior.
The renovation and restoration includes a contemporary response to the 70’s architecture, the multiple circular plan elements, and openness. Furnishings are selected to reflect the original design period.
CG NEW TRAIN STATION + LED INSTALLATION, WESTMINSTER, COLORADO
Westminster Station Light Rail Shade Structures
This proposed light rail station is designed as part of a park. The station includes a pedestrian underpass between transit oriented development (TOD) at the north and amphitheatre at the south side of the park. The platform provides a prominent high point location and observation deck. It was the desire of the City of Westminster to provide enhancement upgrades to this civic landmark. The distinctive arched structures provide the overlook with shading and platform with passenger shelter. The structures are designed to glow at night.
Applebaum Architects collaborated with Matrix Design Group. The smaller shelters incorporate colorful glass art panels (Designed by Lynell), message boards, signage and integrated seating.
Calvary Baptist Church, Denver
Constructed in 1964, this project consisted of a discovery and master planning phase to determine the Church’s renovation priorities. Phase one included a study of sanctuary acoustics, audio/visual design, installation of a major pipe organ with exposed display pipes and en chamade, lighting, and extensive chancel remodeling and new finishes for the 500 seat sanctuary.
2016 Solomon Award- Church Building Design Traditional and Contemporary category
Dance Event Center
Three instructional dance studios, including a performance ballroom space comprising 12,000 s.f. are incorporated on two levels. The project includes an administrative office, staff breakroom, bar and a catering kitchen. The cushioned, floating wood dance floor, full height drapery, suspended acoustical discs, decorative and theatrical lighting serve to create a festive atmosphere.
Restaurant and Beer Garden Prototype
This building concept is designed as a year round indoor/outdoor restaurant and beer garden. It includes two anchor restaurants as well as four kiosk type eateries. Central to the main level is an enclosed beer garden with a beer draft island featuring multiple vendors. A rooftop bar surrounds a glassed enclosure that serves as both a skylight and beer storage exhibit. Trellis roof structures shade the rooftop seating areas. Large hangar type door openings connect the inside with outside patio areas. A free-standing ice cream kiosk and ample seating are provided along with a performance stage. The building area is approximately 25,000 s.f.
Hyland Village Community Building Westminster, Colorado
This 2500 square foot building serves as community meeting space and pool house for a residential development. The building was visually designed as a four-sided structure with large glass areas providing views from the meeting rooms and convenient connections to the pool area and park-like landscape. The building’s L-shape embraces the pool area. A welcoming and identifiable entry trellis structure, vaulted ceiling structure, natural lighting and extensive landscaping, a children’s wading pool, adult pool, picnic shelter and play area create a pleasant and playful experience. Multiple covered outdoor gathering areas, including an outdoor fireplace provide a convenient and comfortable year round gathering space. The colorful pool house interior is naturally illuminated. Exterior materials, including masonry brick and standing seam metal roofing were chosen for low maintenance and durability. The site area is 1.75 acres.
Eastlake Retail and Office Building
Eastlake Retail and Office Building
This 10,000 s.f. retail and office building is located within the Old Town Eastlake district.
Established in 1911, it is the intent of the City of Thornton to preserve the historic small town character of the districts’ agricultural heritage. The building tenants include a salon and spa,
co-working space and retail. Brick is the primary building material consistent with commercial buildings of that era. The project completion is scheduled for 2018.
370 South Garfield Condominiums
Applebaum Architects in association with JNS Architects, Denver.
370 South Garfield Street Condominiums
This 12 story luxury condominium project includes 66 condominium residences. It is conveniently located near the Cherry Creek bike path and other neighborhood amenities. The street level is activated by a welcoming Owners’ lobby and adjoining corner Glass Box restaurant with outdoor dining. Fin-like decks provide spacious indoor/outdoor living space offering panoramic mountain and city views. The project includes valet parking, a variety of unit types including street level “brownstones”, two story townhouses, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes, and four penthouses. The rooftop amenity space includes a lap pool, outdoor lounge area with fireplace and outdoor kitchen, landscaped lawn space with outdoor movie projection, community club lounge including bar, fitness and meeting space.