Westminster recently demolished its oldest shopping mall to give way to its downtown development. This development will consist of recreational spaces and 2,300 multi-family condominiums and townhomes. Equidistant to downtown Denver and Boulder, the 105-acre site is ideal for starting a business and putting up office buildings and retail spaces in the area.
Below, this list of best commercial architects in Westminster, Colorado is filled with industry professionals and experts. These firms have built landmarks and unique buildings throughout the years, and have also earned awards and recognitions by well-known publications for its skillful harmonizing of aesthetics and functionality.
Davis Partnership Architects
2901 Blake Street Suite 100, Denver, CO 80205
Established in 1967, Davis Partnership Architects offers a full scope of architectural services and produces top-notch architectural designs for mixed-use, healthcare, education, hospitality, and recreation. The firm’s innovative design and approach have brought them a broad list of clientele, where 90% of them are repeat clients. Led by twelve principals, the Davis team has created an award-winning portfolio of projects. The 2021 Innovated Spaces Award from the Colorado Association of Libraries, the 2020 Merit Award from ASLA, and the 2020 Best Project Award in Higher Education from the ENR Mountain States – these are only a few examples of the recognition that the firm received over the course of five decades.
Davis Partnership Architects has completed stunning landmarks throughout the state, including the renovation of the Brown Palace, the Denver National Bank, and the Denver Country Club. One of its finest works, The ART, is a hotel in Downtown Denver that received much recognition. The Davis team designed the hotel and cultural center with contributions from world-renowned architects: Daniel Libeskind, Gio Panti, Michael Graves, and Allied Works. It is a nine-story mixed-use building that works as a hotel with a public space that serves as an art gallery. This project won three awards, namely the 2016 IIDA’s Best Award in Hospitality, the 2016 ENR Mountain State’s Best Project in Residential/Hospitality, and the 2016 Mayor’s Choice Design Award for the Distinctive Denver category. The 176,230-square-foot development now serves as an iconic place for the fine arts, culture, and civic identity of Denver.
421 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Fentress Architects has pursued the creation of exemplary public architectures since its inception in 1980. The firm has design studios in Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, and Houston and has expanded internationally with five studios. It has been recognized as one of the top green design firms in the U.S. and has been pioneering sustainable designs to help combat the world’s ecological problems since the ‘90s. Led by founder and principal Curtis Fentress, FAIA, RIBA, the team of 150 professionals has designed over $43 billion worth of architectural landmarks that are frequently visited by more than 650 million tourists annually.
Fentress has created numerous outstanding airports, museums, laboratories, higher education, civic, office, and government buildings. The expansion of the Colorado Convention Center is among their most notable ones. With its dramatic stainless roof planes and extensive, transparent curtain wall, this 2,760,000-square-foot building has redefined Denver’s entire skyline and serves as a marker for its downtown. The Fentress team also integrated a light rail station within the building to boost the city’s economic growth and aid incoming visitors, making it the country’s third most popular convention center based on number of visitors. In addition, it is one of the three largest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified convention centers in the U.S. and has won 18 awards for excellence and innovation, including an American Architecture Award and the National Winner for IDEAS Award’s $100M and Greater category.
Anderson Mason Dale Architects
3198 Speer Boulevard, Denver, CO 80211
Anderson Mason Dale Architects is a full-service architectural firm specializing in education, library, justice facilities, office buildings, cultural venues, and housing projects. The firm takes on a collaborative approach towards the meticulous examination and exploration of the client’s needs. Since the founding principals – John D. Anderson, Ronald L. Mason, and Curt F. Dale – founded the firm in 1975, it has been incredibly successful. In fact, it has been featured in various publications and took home numerous prestigious awards such as the 2020 Award for Sustainability from the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Colorado Design & Honor awards and the 2020 Peak Design Award for New Construction from the A4LE Rocky Mountain Chapter Awards. Currently, the firm is being led by David C. Pfeifer, AIA as the principal and president. He has over 25 years of experience leading award-winning projects and is also a visiting teacher and critic at the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning.
The Triangle Office Building in Denver was designed by Anderson Mason Dale Architects. The team designed this mixed-use glass building in a triangular form that reflects the diverse urban context of the city. Since the project’s completion, it has gained a ton of recognition and won various awards, including the 2016 Honorable Mention for Interior Architecture from AIA Denver, the 2016 Best New Building from WestWord, and the 2016 Downtown Denver Award from Downtown Denver Partnership.
3003 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205
With more than five decades of architectural industry experience, OZ Architecture has proven itself to be an expert in producing magnificent designs for mixed-use, hospitality, office, education, retail, restaurant, senior living, and civic infrastructures. The firm’s goal is to create fascinating designs with a lasting impact on the community. In addition, it is committed to sustainability and protects the environment by applying responsible practices and by upholding sustainable principles. The OZ team is led by 18 principals and consists of 130 architects and interior designers fostered with a team-centric and collaborative approach. Their process is proven to be invaluable; it drove the firm to success and to earn several awards, such as the 2018 Neighborhood Gem from Denver City Mayor’s Design Award, the Winner of WoodWorks 2018 from Wood Product Council, and the 2018 Best Architectural Firm by ColoradoBiz Magazine.
The Eaton Street Apartment located in downtown Westminster is among the firm’s remarkable projects. The team is led by principals Kelly Davis and Nate Jenkins to design the 114,000-square-foot urban living and mixed-use space. It consists of 118 affordable housing units with a variety of walk-up townhomes and three-bedroom apartments. Besides the street-level retail space, it also has a community room, an exercise room, and an expansive elevated dock perfect for social gatherings.
1245 Pearl Street Suite 202, Boulder, CO 80302
Rodwin Architecture is an architectural firm established twenty years ago and offers services for commercial and residential architectural design, general contracting, new custom homes, and residential remodels. It has completed numerous projects throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region and extends from coast to coast. Known for their exemplary customer service and their expertise in sustainable design, the Rodwin team secured the firm’s identity by being included in the Top Mountain Architects 2020 by the Mountain Living Magazine. In addition, the firm won the 2018 Historic Preservation Award from the City of Boulder for its outstanding work for the Whittier Elementary School. As one of the oldest public schools in Colorado, the team successfully restored the school’s original historical elements and trimworks. The Rodwin team – led by managers Kirste Snobeck and Fernando Gonzales – did a complete historic renovation to the exterior and enhanced its ADA accessibility. Rearrangement of the interior was also needed to provide spaces for additional rooms and offices. They also added a 1,000-square-foot building with angled skylight and a secure entryway to house the entrance and administrative offices.
Scott Rodwin, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, founded the firm in 2001. He is also the current president of Skycastle Construction, a general contracting firm. In 2006, Scott was named the Young Architect of the Year by the AIA Western Mountain Region. In addition, he was among the Top 20 under 40 in Colorado Construction’s 2009 list. With more than two dozen local and national sustainable design awards, Scott became a leader in sustainable designs for 25 years. Besides managing a contracting and architectural firm, he teaches Green Building at Naropa University and previously taught Residential Green Building for the City of Boulder, AIA, USGBC, and Colorado Green Building Guild.
900 S. Broadway Suite 320, Denver, CO 80209
Serving the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Ware Malcomb provides full architectural service, as well as interior designing, civil engineering, building measurement, and branding. It specializes in retail, healthcare, office, restaurant, and mixed-use projects. The firm fosters a continuous learning environment in its workplace that helps its employees improve and be inspired in creating intelligent and inspiring spaces. It is also a tech-forward firm that incorporates virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) in its process so clients can fully envision the project.
Ware Malcomb designed the TruStile headquarters in Denver, Colorado. This 310,000-square-foot facility consists of 50,000 square feet of office space and 260,000 square feet of manufacturing and production space with a large outdoor amenity deck. Inspired by a modern mountain aesthetic, the team blended modern technology and old-world craftsmanship that exhibits the company’s character. They also utilized the space by making it a walking showroom that displays the different models of doors designed and manufactured by TruStile. In addition, they made the interior emanate the company’s target market by giving it a more residential feel through furniture, lamps, books, and houseplants.
WORTHGROUP Architects & Designers
7535 E. Hampden Avenue Suite 302, Denver, CO 80231
WORTHGROUP Architects & Designers is an award-winning design firm celebrating over 30 years since opening their doors in Reno, Nevada in March 1990. The distinctly diversified WORTHGROUP family specializes in planning, and design for projects of all sizes. Of specific mention includes their design expertise in hospitality and resorts, gaming, retail, dining, entertainment, commercial mixed-use, and community and wellness projects. From signature one-off venues to major destination resorts, WORTHGROUP takes the time to truly learn their clients, their goals and their customers. Their innovative team takes a clients’ brand and creates an interpretive personalized design that conveys their story. WORTHGROUP’s creative team of designers, architects, interior designers, planners, and animators bring exceptional talent, skill, and passion to each project while offering Principal involvement on every project they are entrusted with.
WORTHGROUP designed the Aloft by Marriott. This 120 key Aloft Hotel sits in the heart of the Orchard Town Center in Westminster, CO. Amenities include a 1,600 SF bar and entertainment lounge, grab-and-go food service, enlarged fitness room, multipurpose meeting space, and an outdoor pool and spa plaza. Guest rooms include standard king and double queen rooms as well as enlarged double queen suite rooms. Learn more about their work at www.worthgroup.com.
24263 E. Fremont Drive, Aurora, CO 80016
MCG Architecture is the oldest firm on this list and has been growing and thriving since its inception. Robert Ainsworth founded the firm in 1927, specializing in institutional, industrial, senior housing, and residential architecture projects. Initially, it focused on serving Southern California, but in 1970 it expanded and now also caters to 49 states, 5 Canadian Provinces, and Puerto Rico. In addition, the MCG team also completed projects worldwide and has been featured by various publications, including the Colorado Real Estate Journal and Bisnow National. Their long history and steady success have proven their unparalleled service and unmatched creativity.
The firm’s portfolio showcases shopping centers, office buildings, hotels, and mixed-use urban and suburban developments. One of its many projects is this strip center called Country Club Village in Westminster. The MCG team designed the two-story building’s shell that can house up to four commercial tenants. This structure is also projected to serve nearly 46,000 households within a 3-mile radius of the area.
2899 North Speer Boulevard Suite 102, Denver, CO 80211
For over 26 years, RealArchitecture has served Metro Denver and the Colorado Front Range with their architectural planning and general contracting needs. The firm specializes in new construction, interior designs, historical renovations, tenant finishing, multifamily, single-family residential projects, shopping centers, restaurants, offices, and commercial buildings. It is also behind the remodeling of an old historic church in Denver Highlands to be Oasis Brewing Company’s new location. The RealArchitecture team designed it with an industrial ambiance using concrete floors, steel structural beams, a wood bar, and wire-hung pendants. They also exposed the bricks and left the church’s large windows to give character and show the history of the space.
David Berton, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP founded the firm in 1995 after working for various architectural and construction firms. He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree and master’s in Architecture. In addition, he is a licensed architect, an AIA member since 1992, and has taught at the University of Colorado’s Masters of Architecture program. Along with RealArchitecture, David also founded UnrealConstruction – its general contracting counterpart.
Allred & Associates
580 Burbank Street Suite 1255, Broomfield, CO 80020
Allred and Associates is a planning, interior design, and architectural firm specializing in recreation, mixed-use, civic, office, and automotive builds. Brent Allred founded the firm in 1987 after working as an architect for several architectural firms, namely Del Starrette Architect & Associates and OZ Architecture. The Allred team’s primary focus is the clients. They have a “clients always comes first” mentality and guarantee that they can create practical solutions to fit every need. This approach caught the attention of prominent automotive brands – Ford, Volvo, Lincoln, and Maserati – and partnered with them in creating a design for their dealership centers. In addition, the firm also completed many municipal projects, including the North Metro Fire Rescue’s District Administrative Building. Located at Broomfield, Colorado, this LEED Gold certified structure houses all fire district offices in one building. The library, fire prevention offices, and the district’s board room can be found on the first level, while the administrative staff and fitness room are on the second level. An underground parking garage that can hold up to 31 vehicles was also added to maximize the site.