Devoted to beauty, the built environment, and architecture, our late colleague Hooman Aryan captured these values through his photographic lens as he traveled across the world. In this spirit, 4240 architecture celebrates his unique perspective on life and promotes his dedication to quality and excellence through the Hooman Aryan Memoral Traveling Scholarship. The individual awarded travels to an international destination to capture the beauty (quality, detail, essence, and excellence) of architecture through photography, and share their experience with others upon their return.
Architecture at Zero - 2017 Competition Winner
Project Architect / Designer: Marc Snyder
Designer: Ian Wilson
Designer: Sara Murray
Systems Innovation Lead, Daylighting, Renewable Energy: Tom Hootman
Mechanical Engineer, Systems Innovation: Penny Cole
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animated graphic inspired by The Elizabeth Hotel screen – open December 2017
2017 Holiday Sentiment
FORT COLLINS, Colo., Dec. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, The Elizabeth Hotel officially opens its doors in historic Old Town Fort Collins as part of Autograph Collection Hotels' diverse portfolio of more than 125 hotels around the world - all one-of-a-kind properties that champion values of vision, design and craft. Guests of The Elizabeth Hotel can enjoy locally inspired art, music and craft beer at the hotel, serving as an introduction to the city's culture and lifestyle. Cultivated by McWHINNEY, a Colorado-based national real estate development company, and Sage Hospitality, the hotel's operator, the 164-room hotel invites guests to explore the adjacent pedestrian-only Firehouse Alley with direct access to shops, dining and community activations.
"Fort Collins is one of Colorado's most inviting and interesting towns, and we couldn't be happier to provide visitors with a memorable hotel experience in such a dynamic destination," said Scott Sloan, General Manager, The Elizabeth Hotel. "The Elizabeth Hotel is located in the middle of Old Town Fort Collins – a picturesque town center that inspired the architecture of Disneyland's Main Street USA – and whether guests want to enjoy strolling through these beautiful, historic streets, partake in one of many outdoor pursuits located just steps from our front door, or enjoy music, theatre or museums, The Elizabeth Hotel is an ideal home base for those who want to explore all Fort Collins has to offer."
The hotel's warm and inviting design was thoughtfully considered by Denver-based project architect 4240 Architecture. The interior design, by DLR Group, elevates the personality of The Elizabeth Hotel – a charismatic balance of femininity and masculinity - by evoking a light and airy ambiance paired with aged wood and metal materials that feel handcrafted and welcoming. Throughout the hotel guests will see custom filigree, intricate metalworking on balconies, and cast plaster ceiling ornamentation. The hotel's art collection, curated by award-winning Denver-based firm NINE dot ARTS, celebrates Fort Collins' adventurous spirit with works by artists local to Colorado and with ties to Colorado State University.
"We are thrilled to debut our first Autograph Collection in Fort Collins, Colorado to showcase the charming culture and historic design of the city," said Amanda Altree, Global Brand Marketing Director, Autograph Collection Hotels. "We aim to celebrate individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 100 hotels around the world, and we look forward to introducing guests to the locally-inspired experiences influenced by music, culinary and craftsmanship that speak to the local city of Fort Collins."
The Elizabeth Hotel offers thoughtful amenities that embody Autograph Collection Hotels' ExactlyLikeNothingElsebrand philosophy. The hotel proudly welcomes pets ensuring that those traveling with their furry friends feel right at home. Music lovers can take advantage of the hotel's lending library, complete with string instruments, keyboards and more, available to check out during their stay. In addition to musical instruments, the lending library features a wide selection of vinyl records that guests can play on their personal record players, found in each of the hotel's guestrooms.
The Elizabeth offers 3,500 sq. ft. of meeting space, including two indoor spaces, the Walnut and Chestnut Ballrooms, as well as the second-floor outdoor terrace that overlooks Walnut St. and downtown Fort Collins. When not in use for private events, the hotel's second floor terrace doubles as a gathering place for guests to enjoy a glass of wine, warm up by a fire circle, watch the sunset or admire the beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains.
For an extra unique experience, guests can choose to stay in one of three themed suites, each of which embody a different aspect of Fort Collins' culture and heritage. The Beer & Bike Suite is a craft beer-lover's paradise, complete with its own beer tap that will serve up local brews, a beer fridge stocked with canned and bottled craft varieties and a private terrace and fire pit complete with bicycles for guest use, while The Ram Suite is a haven for Colorado State University fans who bleed green and gold. Guests staying in the Music Suite can tickle the ivories on their very own Baby Grand Piano, located in the suite's elegant living room. Those staying in the Music Suite can also channel their inner DJ with the high-tech record player and sound system.
Sunset Lounge, the hotel's all-weather and open-air lounge, features exquisite outdoor space with unrivaled sunset views and front range mountain views. Peter Karpinski, Co-Founder of Sage Restaurant Group will launch three highly anticipated concepts within the hotel; Magic Rat Live Music, Bower Bird Coffee, and The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market.
Situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University, the most micro-breweries per capita in the country, renowned outdoor activities and diverse cultural attractions. With a half-dozen live-theater stages in production throughout the year, a symphony orchestra, ballet troupe and opera company, it's obvious why the town is the arts and culture hub of northern Colorado. Fort Collins is easily accessible from all major markets, via a one-hour drive from Denver International Airport which is serviced by all major airlines.
For more information, and to make reservations, visit TheElizabethColorado.com; and for more information about Autograph Collections Hotels, visit: www.autographhotels.com. Connect with The Elizabeth Hotel on Facebook and Instagram at @TheElizabethCO.
About The Elizabeth Hotel
Located in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins, The Elizabeth Hotel invites guests to enjoy a memorable hospitality experience in its elegant yet welcoming environment. Situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the college town of Fort Collins is known for its residents' love of bikes, beers and bands and is Northern Colorado's outpost for arts and culture. Cultivated by McWHINNEY, a Colorado-based national real estate development company, and Sage Hospitality, The Elizabeth Hotel features 164 guestrooms, with an exquisite all-weather, open-air outdoor space called Sunset Lounge, as well as 3,500 sq. ft. of meeting and event space and access to the shops, dining and community activations at the adjacent, pedestrian-only Firehouse Alley. Peter Karpinski, Co-Founder of Sage Restaurant Group will launch three highly anticipated concepts within the hotel; Magic Rat Live Music, Bower Bird Coffee, and The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market. Centrally located just two blocks from the center of Old Town Fort Collins, The Elizabeth Hotel, a member of Marriott's Autograph Collection, is a vibrant host to locals and travelers alike, with insight and access to art, music, craft beer, and more within its doors, and outside, at Firehouse Alley and within the dynamic town of Fort Collins. For more information, visit TheElizabethColorado.com, call (970) 490-2600, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @TheElizabethCO.
About Autograph Collection Hotels
Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., celebrates individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 110 lifestyle hotels in nearly 30 countries and territories, among the world's most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, Autograph Collection properties are hand selected for their rich character and uncommon details. A personal realization of an individual founder's vision, these hotels are defined by unique design, differentiated guest experiences and their meaningful role in locality. Autograph Collection Hotels is proud to participate in the industry's award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information, please visit www.autographhotels.com, and explore our social media channels on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to learn more about championing the independent spirit that is #ExactlyLikeNothingElse.
About Sage Hospitality
Denver-based Sage Hospitality was founded in 1984 and since continues to lead the hospitality industry in hotel and restaurant management as well as real estate investment. Sage is known for outstanding relationships with hotel brands and creating places that people want to go to, not through, including 10 unique restaurant concepts by Sage Restaurant Group and independent luxury properties by Sage Hotels. To learn more about Sage, visit www.sagehospitality.com.
Colorado-based real estate investment firm McWHINNEY is passionate about creating great places and providing awe-inspiring experiences. Since 1991, McWHINNEY has developed more than 6,000 acres of vibrant master-planned communities and more than 6.5 million square feet of vertical commercial and mixed-use properties in the Rocky Mountain region and on the West Coast. With offices in Loveland and Denver, McWHINNEY has been named Colorado's"Developer of the Year" by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and won the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Global Award for Excellence and the Denver Business Journal Real Estate Champions – Catalyst Award for Denver Union Station. For additional information, visit www.mcwhinney.com.
ST. PAUL COLLECTION IN CHERRY CREEK NORTH TOPS OUT
BMC Investment’s Luxury Rental Residences in the Heart of Cherry Creek North Take Shape
(Denver, Colo.) – October 18, 2017 – BMC Investments (BMC), a Denver-based real estate investment company specializing in the development, acquisition and management of properties across various asset classes and geographies, in partnership with Saunders Construction and 4240 Architecture, announced today the topping out of 210 St. Paul, the first of the two buildings that will make up the St. Paul Collection, BMC’s luxury rental residences and retail offering in the heart of Cherry Creek North. The topping out was celebrated with a small ceremony at the site on October 17 and is the first of several milestones for this state-of-the-art mixed use development, including a leasing office planned to open on November 7.
“The topping out of 210 St. Paul is a significant moment for BMC and St. Paul Collection and we commend the entire team – including Saunders Construction and 4240 Architecture - for their timely, efficient and exemplary work on this project to date,” said Adam Fenton, Vice President of Development for BMC Investments. “St. Paul Collection is going to transform this area of Cherry Creek North and we could not be more excited to celebrate the progress we have made.”
Designed as a micro-haven of sophisticated urban living, the $165 million St. Paul Collection is comprised of two towers offering 165 luxury rental units ranging in size from 770 to 2,800 square feet as well as 55,000 square feet of ground floor retail. Amenities will include a rooftop deck with pool and cabanas, clubhouse and a concierge. Each residence will be furnished with top-of-the-line appliances and finishes including custom cabinets, waterfall countertops and stone backsplashes, setting a new bar for luxury living in Denver.
“The St. Paul Collection reflects our core commitment to creating memorable places that enhance environments and celebrate experiences,” says Matt Cecere, Principal at 4240 Architecture. “St. Paul Collection blends seamlessly with the existing urban fabric while also anticipating the future of Cherry Creek North by reinforcing a connection to the patterns, personality and prosperity of the district. These units live large. The resident experience is elevated from a typical apartment to something more like a five-star hotel.”
St. Paul Collection is taking reservations for leasing now at www.stpaulcollection.com. The first tower is scheduled for completion in spring 2018 with the second tower slated for fall 2018.
About BMC Investments
Denver, Colorado-based BMC Investments (BMC) is a diversified and vertically integrated real estate investment company specializing in the development, acquisition, and management of properties across various asset classes and geographies. BMC focuses its investment strategy on creating long-term value in its assets and generating strong risk-adjusted returns. BMC’s development portfolio and pipeline is valued at more than $570 MM and owns and operates, in partnership with its affiliate, BLDG Management, approximately 5,000 multifamily units and 200,000 SF of commercial space. To learn more, visit www.bmcinv.com.
Saunders serves the commercial building industry as a full-service general contractor, design-builder and construction manager. A leader in the Colorado construction industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders’ experience includes a wide range of project types. 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. In addition, Saunders is a member of the Citadel Group – an alliance of seven regional construction-related companies with operations in 19 cities. For additional information, please visit www.saundersinc.com.
About 4240 Architecture
4240 Architecture, an intentionally mid-size firm in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood, has built a core practice around design ingenuity, client service and memorable outcomes. Inspired by clients, 4240 uses a charrette-based process to uncover site specific, economically feasible, culturally sensitive design. 4240’s portfolio reflects an array of project types including mixed-use urban infill, multi-family residential, commercial office, active senior living, higher education, resort and hospitality. Clients include East West Partners, Hughes Development, Colorado State University and Walt Disney Imagineering.
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Aggie Village at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado
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International Interior Design Association - Rocky Mountain Chapter
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In an Era of the Disappearing Mid-Sized Firm, 4240 Architecture Opts to Grow from Within
DENVER — 4240 Architecture, a Denver-based 35-person architecture and planning firm, recently expanded its leadership team with several internal advancements. These advancements include Michele Decker, CPSM, to Principal, Marc Snyder and Brandon Mixon to Associate Principal, and Ian Wilson and Ken Roberts to Associate.
“In a firm where titles carry weight and leadership advancements are thoughtfully considered, founding Principal, Randy Johnson, and President, Lou Bieker, made a strategic decision to decline acquisition offers in order to preserve the firm’s culture and lay a foundation for 4240’s sustainable future,” commented Michele Decker, CPSM, new principal in the firm. “…Also, not many firms tout their ‘mid-size firm’ status, but I think there’s something human about being able to know everyone within the firm—to collaborate, to grow together. We also like that we can be nimble in responding to client’s demands.”
“Michele’s influence spans many domains of practice, both inside the firm and in the industry,” says Randy Johnson. “Her intrapreneurial approach to marketing analysis, strategic positioning, office management, and client relationship development has proven to be extremely effective in the marketplace and we’re honored to have her.”
Her most recent industry association involvement includes: serving as the 2016-17 President of The Society of Marketing Professional Services Colorado, a 501c3 organization with over 260 local members; speaking with colleague, Marc Snyder, at The Association of College and University Housing Officers’ International Conference regarding an original research project 4240 conducted with Colorado State University; and, leading the Discovery Committee for Urban Land Institute Colorado’s Young Leaders Group.
Michele joins Christian Barlock, T.J. Carvis, Matt Cecere, and Andy McRae who were elevated to the principal level in 2016. In addition to the impact these individuals have made within 4240, they are also quite active in the local architecture community. Christian Barlock’s classical design approach is enhanced through his involvement with and promotion of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. T.J. Carvis serves on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado Government Affairs Committee, helping to address construction defect reform, while Matt Cecere is the co-chair of AIA Colorado’s 2017 Practice + Design Conference, taking place September 21 – 23 in Keystone, Colorado. Andy McRae’s role on the Denver Commons Design Review Board brings a sharp eye for design to benefit downtown’s transformative landscape.
In the midst of internal advancements for sustained leadership growth, 4240 has remained focused on its service to clients in both the private and public sectors. The 2016 AIA Clients Insights Reportindicates that 80 percent of owners want an architect who serves as their advocate, not just as a transactional service provider. Matt Joblon, chief executive officer of BMC Investments, noted that 4240 not only has a “…dedicated staff [that] is professional, creative and honors the firm’s commitments and deadlines,” but that “they are [also] phenomenal problem-solvers, which brings tremendous value to projects.”
In the public sector, 4240 has strived to build a strong footprint in Colorado with nearly $200 million in projects on the Colorado State University campus alone. Mike Rush, University Architect of Colorado State University, commented, “4240 has a very inclusive process in which they bring forth ways to collaborate and find innovative solutions. The way they work dovetails nicely with the processes we have in place, and even in an institutional environment, we are able to keep projects on track and deliver on schedules that parallel work in the private sector.”
As Denver’s design community continues to evolve, mid-sized local firms have become more the exception than the norm. Architecture firms, like 4240, are encouraged to focus inward to retain top talent, preserve what makes them unique, and best serve the needs of their clients.
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The Construction Specifier CSI July 2017
Palmetto Bluff South Carolina
2017 Open House
unplanned matching outfits in the office
Environment Impact on Well Being
ACUHO-i Presentation 2017
CAL for GALS
Girls Athletic Leadership Schools
The Cleworth Architectural Legacy Project (CAL)
through the Denver Architectural Foundation (DAF)
The Village at White River Junction
Modern in Denver Magazine
Design in Bloom Spring Event
Architectural Floral Design Competition
4240 Architecture Commits to AIA's 2030 Initiative
The Pavilion wins SCUP Award of Merit 2017
Society for College and University Planning
SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building
Category: Architecture for a New Building
Moreland Village at Palmetto Bluff
UNIQUE TOGETHER WE ARE PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER
art wall lobby installation
december 16 2016
Colorado State University's Warner College of Natural Resources
Architect Magazine Article by Nate Berg
Lou Bieker, Principal at 4240 Architecture
Future Proofing Your Firm
Higher Education Competition - Architecture at Zero
Confluence Student Housing Village
San Francisco State University
Wind Analysis Research Design
the Elizabeth Hotel
the Elizabeth Hotel
The Pavilion wins AIA Colorado Award of Merit 2016
the Elizabeth Hotel
ENR Engineering News Record
Colorado State University is Owner of the Year 2015
holiday card 2015
ENR Mountain States
The Pavilion and Marc Snyder featured in May 2015 issue of Architectural Products Magazine
The Pavilion Featured in ACUHO-i Talking Stick
The Pavilion at Laurel Village at Colorado State University
The pavilion at Colorado State University is first on-campus LEED Platinum building
Fort Collins, Colorado
The Pavilion featured in Building Design + Construction
Recent Projects section
March 2015 issue