Pictured from left to right: Marc Snyder - Associate Principal, TJ Carvis - Principal, Christian Barlock - Principal, Izabela Rydel - Associate Principal, DJ Gratzer - Associate, Matt Cecere - Principal, Eric Anderson - Associate, Brandon Mixon - Associate Principal, Andy McRae - Principal, Michele Decker - Principal (Not Pictured: Ken Roberts - Associate, Ian Wilson - Associate)
4240 ARCHITECTURE EXPANDS LEADERSHIP TEAM
4240 Architecture, a Denver-based firm with a global reach, blends creativity with pragmatics in its designs for clients’ projects—projects within varying and expanding typologies including higher education, hospitality, mixed-use urban infill, multifamily residential, active senior living, resort, or commercial office.
The firm has built a core practice around design ingenuity, client service and memorable experiences. Clients notice the energy and enthusiasm the 4240 staff brings to each project and appreciate that the 4240 team has "grown up" together as a collaborative group of practitioners. As a result 4240 has five new principals and has advanced numerous key staff to expand the firm’s leadership in the last two years. Matt Joblon, chief executive of BMC Investments, engaged 4240 to design a luxury residential project in Cherry Creek North neighborhood in Denver. He said, “4240’s dedicated staff is professional, creative and honors the firm’s commitments and deadlines.”
“In this fast-paced world with so much going on, they are phenomenal problem-solvers, which brings tremendous value to projects.” - Matt Joblon.
Regardless of project type or location, the firm is focused on building DEEP CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS that result in happy clients and successful projects to propel repeat and referral work which sustains and grows the practice.
“I come back to them because they have a willingness to listen, and they help us solve any problems that arise in a creative way,” said Bob Hughes, President of Hughes Development Corp., which recently completed ONE Greenville, a mixed-use office development designed by 4240 that is a catalyst for the ongoing renaissance of downtown Greenville, S.C. “They provide great design, and they understand the challenges we need to address. Many firms do not always listen, and 4240 does.”
4240 is set apart from other firms because of their keen ATTENTION TO DETAIL and ability to ensure their designs are functional, said David Muenks, senior vice president of Crescent Communities LLC.
“4240 designs from the inside out, so their designs are very functional,” Muenks said. “They adapt their designs to the situation and client needs. They don’t have a single style they repeat. It’s a very collaborative culture, and they don’t let ego get in the way.”
The firm’s RESEARCH-BASED APPROACH is evident in its designs for clients like Colorado State University, where it has completed more than $200 million in projects since it started working on the campus.
“This [approach] is paramount to us since our institution is research-based,” said Mike Rush, University Architect of Colorado State University. “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.”
4240 recognizes that great ideas come from the whole team—whether from junior designers or seasoned architects—and the most creative solution always carries the day. “It’s very much a meritocracy,” said Andy McRae, who was named a principal in 2016. “If you take something on, it’s recognized. If you excel, you’re given more responsibility and opportunity.” “4240 has always been about pushing our designers to reject complacency and explore new ground,” says 4240 President, Lou Bieker in the article “4240, Quietly Confident,” published in the March 2017 issue of Building Dialogue. “4240 will continue to build a density of experience and apply it to creating buildings that connect to an emotional core in owners and their users.
“This expansion of leadership will allow us to continue to creatively serve the needs of our clients and attract the highest-performing talent and the brightest architectural minds to create a bench depth rivaling the best in the market,” said Bieker, president and principal of 4240.
With the advancement of key team members and continued leadership of Lou Bieker and Randy Johnson, 4240 is focused to “…continue to creatively serve the needs of clients and attract the highest-performing talent and the brightest architectural minds to create a bench depth rivaling the best in the market.” - Lou Bieker, president and principal of 4240.
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