Sitting near the bottom of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs is one of the most astounding cities in the country. Many people who have moved here are after the scenic mountain backdrop behind the city’s tall buildings, the historic streets of Old Colorado, and the fair climate. Accordingly, the New York Times ranked Colorado Springs #13 among the Best Places to Go list, and Thumbtack ranked Colorado Springs as the fourth most business-friendly city across the states.
Although not Colorado’s biggest city, Colorado Springs is home to the U.S. Olympic Committee Headquarters and it boasts some of the region’s tallest buildings like the FirstBank Building and the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel. Since Colorado Springs’ economy is largely based on the tech industry, Verizon Business and Intel also make their home here, along with many shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainment areas. Thus, a need for commercial architects is imperative in the city. Featured here are the best commercial architects in Colorado Springs. Each firm was picked based on the architects’ years of experience, accolades, notable projects, and good reviews.
115 S. Weber St. Suite #200, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Shaping the skyline of Colorado Springs for over 40 years, YOW Architects has been one of the finest architectural firms in this area, even winning the “Best Architectural Firm in Colorado” award. The firm specializes in commercial architecture, but also serves healthcare, higher education, multi-family, and non-profit segments. One of its notable projects is the 30,500-square-foot CSHP Briargate, a DaVita Medical Group, becoming one of the biggest multi-specialty practice medical groups in Colorado.
Driven by passion, creativity, and collaboration as its core values, the firm has created long-lasting relationships with its team and clients. Previously, YOW Architects was named Yergensen Obering and Whittaker, which was taken from the combination of the last names of its founders. Since they are architects themselves, the company started by building and designing their headquarters in Colorado Springs. Gene Yergensen, Steve Obering, and Larry Whittaker have played a significant role in the historic preservation of Old Colorado City. In 2008, Jonathan Whittaker, also an architect, joined the team as Principal-in-Charge.
201 E. Las Animas St. Suite #113, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
TDG Architecture is a Colorado Springs-based architecture firm, dedicated to providing elevated architecture services with a focus on sustainability and excellent customer service. The firm was founded in 2008 by Mark Tremmel, an architect with over 30 years of experience. Today, Mark leads a team of 9 architects and designers.
TDG Architecture is grounded in a collaborative, client-centered approach, bringing maximum value and beauty to each project. The firm is engaged in commercial, residential, industrial, and mixed-use projects. TDG’s designs employ sustainable, energy-efficient strategies.
Over the years, TDG Architecture has been awarded for a myriad of its residential and commercial projects. The most recent is the American Residential Design Award received in 2019 from the American Institute of Building Design. An example of their exceptional work is the design for John Venezia Community Park in Colorado Springs. The park takes on a Ranch theme, honoring Colorado’s unique heritage. Each feature in the park is cleverly named after something one might find on a traditional Colorado Ranch.
102 East Moreno Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
HB&A is a women-owned architecture and planning firm that serves local, federal, military, non-profit, and private sector clients, not just in Colorado but also in the rest of the country and in Europe. The HB&A team of principals is composed of many architects who are AIA members and LEED APs—Carrie Higgs, Steve Powell, Amy Umiamaka, Mike Richardson, and Tino Leone. With combined core disciplines of architecture, comprehensive planning, and geospatial technology, the firm covers a wide
With its commitment to maintaining high levels of quality through comprehensive solutions and successful technology integration, HB&A has gained its national prominence with consistent recognition. The firm has received several awards from the following: AIA Colorado South Chapter, the United States Air Force, Federal Planning Division of APA, and National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. As an example of this, the Fort Carson Child Development Center is an AIA People’s Choice Award recipient and LEED Silver-certified. The design team came up with a warm, welcoming space that met the security standards of the military by using vibrant colors, warm textures, and children-appropriate horizontal lines and canopies.
532 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
CSNA Architects is an architecture firm with over 40 years of experience in a wide array of building types, including manufacturing, higher education, hospitality, and culture. The company takes pride in its client-based approach to successfully craft architectural solutions tailor-made to client’s needs. Whichever project the CSNA team takes, it ensures that the project reflects the history, culture, and everyday life of the people. Owner and principal architect Gregory Friesen is focused on cultural, hospitality, and higher education facilities.
Throughout the years, the firm has proven an exceptional performance due to consistent recognition it has received almost every year. Its most recent award, the Best of Design given by Interior Design Magazine in 2019, was given for the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library project. Other projects such as these have earned the firm many other accreditations. One of its most notable projects is the Rampart High School addition. The addition served to contain science laboratories, an auditorium, computer laboratories, and general classrooms.
19 South Tejon St. Suite 300, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Founded in 1975, RTA Architects is a Colorado-based architectural firm producing award-winning architectural and interior designs for commercial spaces throughout Colorado specializing in education, healthcare, and community-focused projects. RTA operates under its mission to bring value and long-term success to its clients and the communities they serve and to design sustainable, highly functional, and aesthetically pleasing buildings.
The RTA team is a multi-disciplined staff that includes a high concentration of registered architects and LEED accredited professionals. In addition to architectural design, RTA provides technical expertise in services such as master and site planning, feasibility studies, facility programming, interior design, environmental graphics, signage, and way-finding.
The success of RTA is proven by its extremely high percentage of repeat clients and supported by numerous design awards from such organizations as the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) and the local chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE). The firm has also been recognized numerous times as the Best Architectural Firm in Colorado Springs by the readers of the Colorado Springs Business Journal.
One of RTA’s most notable projects to date is the design of the new Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center. The new Visitor Center, designed with GWWO Architects, provides guests with a seamless immersive experience with facilities specifically designed for the harsh environment of the 14,000-foot summit of Pikes Peak. The Pikes Peak Visitor Center also has high sustainability goals and is pursuing LEED Silver certification as well as the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings. If successful, it will be the first building at 14,000 feet in altitude and the first project in the state of Colorado to achieve this prestigious certification.