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Join SMPS for a Three Part Education and Project Tour Series Project Development A-Z: Key points in an A/E/C Project Timeline

SMcMullen : October 26, 2015 12:24 pm : Blog

The Project Development A-Z: Key points in an A/E/C Project Timeline by the Society of Marketing Professional Services Colorado Chapter


“Complete with a hard hat for every attendee, this four-part series was designed to educate and inform marketers, business developers, and A/E/C professionals about the client service stages and deliverables of a project, specifically calling out key touch points along the timeline for marketers and BD staff. Starting with an in-depth kick-off, the series will expand to include three must-see project tours of Promenade at Castle Rock, Children’s Museum of Denver, and Rocky Mountain Deaf School.”

The kickoff for the series is October 29th. Visit their website for more information and to register.

Building Blocks Series (Kick-off & 3 Project Tours)

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Team WID!

Heather Howell : June 29, 2015 8:41 pm : Blog, Share

Join us and keep track of how our team is soaring to new heights. We are ready for fun, hard work, and enriching experiences with Habitat for Humanity – Women’s Build Adopt-A-Day. Check out our fundraising page HERE. Help us reach our goal. All donations welcome!

If you would like to join Team WID click here to register!


Women Build Week: Women In Design
Saturday, August 22, 8 am – 4:30 pm

Women Build Week (WBW) is a unique opportunity to engage civic minded women with Habitat for Humanity’s mission.  WBW provides participants with the opportunity to network, build homes and make a positive impact in the community.  Women Build Week is a five day event and participants can choose to volunteer for one day or multiple days.

During Women Build Week, we will be framing an entire duplex in five days!  On the first day of the build only the floor will be in place and by Sunday night all of the walls and the roof will be completed.  It usually takes Habitat 2 weeks to complete this much work, which is why Women Build Week is such an exciting concept.
Women Build Week is a fundraiser.  Each Women Build Week participant is asked to help support the project financially as well as through volunteer labor.  Participants volunteering for one day of the build are asked to raise a minimum of $250.  Individuals interested in volunteering for multiple days are asked to raise a minimum of $250 per day.

All of the funds raised are used to help Habitat purchase the materials needed to build the home. Each participant receives a t-shirt and women who raise $500 or more receive a customized hardhat.  New this year, participants who raise $750 or more will receive a pink tool belt!




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Denver’s First Post-Recession Sustainable Condo in RiNo

SMcMullen : June 23, 2015 7:57 am : Blog

exterior Rendering w solarGreenSpot Real Estate, a leader in adding value to real estate through green-building certifications and energy efficiency, is bringing to market Factory Flats, a sustainable five-story mixed-use building expected to be completed in mid-2016. The development, located in the heart of RiNo, is targeting LEED and ENERGY STAR certifications and will have office and retail space for lease, in addition to 24 residential flats for sale. The units will feature hardwood floors, European cabinetry and quartz countertops, and all will be solar-powered.

RiNo, once an abandoned industrial neighborhood, has experienced a housing boom in recent years. Since art galleries, restaurants, shops and bars started to infiltrate the area, young professionals and Baby Boomers alike have been moving to the neighborhood in droves. Sales of office, industrial, retail, land and multifamily housing properties in RiNo have reached $365 million in the past five years.

“RiNo is hot right now, and Factory Flats is an exciting prospect for people who want to invest in this up-and-coming neighborhood,” said Melissa Baldridge, Co-Owner & Co-Founder of GreenSpot Real Estate and Women in Design member. “This project furthers GreenSpot’s mission of affecting climate change through the built environment. With sustainability top of mind, we are proud to offer a beautiful, green, community-focused home in Denver’s hottest zip code.”

For more information, visit http://www.factoryflats.com/.

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8×8 Presenters

SMcMullen : April 15, 2015 1:33 pm : Blog

In preparation for Women in Design’s 10th Annual 8×8 on April 29th, the WID blog will post the background information on each speaker.  Each speaker presents for 8 minutes and the theme for 2015 is Industries on the Modern Frontier.  Early registration for the event is available until 4/22/15.

headshotGH-crest-logo-grey-and-greenAlicia Perez is the Promotora for The GrowHaus, a non-profit in Denver’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood that provides healthy, organic, and affordable food to a food desert community, as well as education programs, internships, and jobs. As Promotora, Alicia runs a free grocery delivery program for community members, and is one of the instructors of Seed to Seed, a Summer Program for teens. She is training to be a Permaculturalist and continually strives to serve as an example to educate and empower her community. She is a longtime resident of Elyria-Swansea and the proud mother of a 2-year-old son.




Coburn ArchitectureAmber Stewart has been involved with the design of a variety of projects including breweries, airports, museums, newspaper facilities, offices and residential.  She has most recently been with Coburn Architecture working on the Great Divide Brewery in Denver, CO and Karbach Brewery in Houston, TX. Coburn has led the design of other breweries including Avery, Breckenridge, Finkel & Garf and Palmetto.  She has enjoyed the opportunity to bring a diversity of microbrews to the community.  When not designing spaces, she enjoys spending time in the Colorado mountains with her husband.



JG PhotoEOC StackedJennifer Gremmert is the Deputy Director of Energy Outreach Colorado and is responsible for all program management and advocacy activities for the organization.  Previously, Ms. Gremmert worked for numerous nonprofit organizations including Urban Peak, a shelter for homeless youth, the national office of Junior Achievement in Colorado Springs, Up With People, the University of Arizona and the University of California system.  Ms. Gremmert received her Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University and her undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Arizona.  Ms. Gremmert currently serves on the Advisory Board for the National Energy and Utility Assistance Coalition and serves on the Governor’s Commission on Low-Income Energy Assistance in Colorado.



Jocelyn HittleJocelyn Hittle is the Director of Denver Operational Initiatives at Colorado State University and is primarily focused on the National Western Center, a large redevelopment project in North Denver. The project seeks to provide a year- round opportunity to experience world-class cultural events, learn about food systems and sustainability, and conduct research. She is also working to engage the surrounding communities in ways that support their goals and enhance this emerging gateway to the City of Denver.  Prior to joining CSU, Jocelyn was the Associate Director of PlaceMatters, a national non-profit think tank based in Denver and focused on informed, inclusive decision making in land use, sustainability, and planning. She also worked for the Orton Family Foundation and Sightline Institute on issues around land use and planning. She has a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton and a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.



JuliaLeach1404TDYJulia Leach is the founder of the Fort Collins-based marketing agency Clay Pot Creative and is currently president of Toddy, LLC.  Toddy manufactures cold brewing equipment for home and cafe use and is a driving force behind the current cold brew craze in the specialty coffee industry.  Julia knows just enough about coffee roasting to be dangerous at the controls, but prefers to find her perfect pick-me-up at a local cafe.  She is a Colorado native, happily married for the past 15 years to a guy she met in third grade and is the mother of 3 boys who look just like her husband, Andy.






DIA Logo Horiz Preferred (2)JulieJulie Wienberg is a creative, collaborative, and enthusiastic executive with over 21 years in design and construction management.  For the last 15 years Julie has focused on transportation and aviation related developments. Julie excels in the leadership of diverse project teams inspiring cohesive collaboration and provides the highest quality of performance in all assignments. Julie embraces her career as a part of a bigger life picture and loves to find the joy in the journey.

In her current role at Denver International Airport, Julie has taken on the leadership for the development, evaluation, and initiation of major projects and programs at DEN. Julie is currently leading the effort for the “Great Hall Project”, which will establish a new public-private partnership to redevelop the Jeppesen Terminal.

As deputy Program Manager for the HTC, she is responsible for oversight of design and construction contracts and activities for the Hotel and Transit Center project for the past six years.  The program includes construction of a new 519-room Westin Hotel and Conference Center, a Public Plaza, and a Transit Center for the Regional Transportation District’s new Commuter Rail line between downtown Denver and Denver International Airport as well as existing regional bus service. Under her leadership, the HTC team has established change management and facility activation procedures for the airport and has become a precedent for BIM implementation and asset management.

Julie is a registered architect, with a degree architecture and planning from Kansas State University, and a growing list of certifications. Focusing on airport development and program management, throughout her career she has been involved in several complex airport developments at both major US hubs and regional airports. Prior to joining the Denver International Airport in early 2014, Julie worked as the Director of Design for Aviation, for HNTB Corp. In her years at HNTB, she led numerous, diverse teams for aviation clients on a variety of project types and delivery methods.   Julie also helped establish a mentoring program focused on the whole person, and worked with leadership to develop an innovative team development approach for the aviation practice.  Julie also serves as a visioning and charrette facilitator, providing peer review and support to major project teams around the country.

Julie and her network of adventuring family and friends love to travel/explore the world, learn, dance, and pursue creative construction and design projects.  Julie is active in the industry, as a mentor and participates in a number of professional organizations, panels and workshops.  She is also a civic leaders who volunteers in her local community as an educator and design consultant.



Lindy Eichenbaum Lent headshot_compressed fileCivicCenterLogo_BWLindy Eichenbaum Lent has served as the Civic Center Conservancy’s executive director since 2009, leading the organization’s public-private-nonprofit partnerships to revitalize downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park – elevating and sustaining this historic urban oasis as a vibrant and iconic cultural and community hub through programming, capital improvements, advocacy and fundraising.   Named a Frontline Park by the national City Parks Alliance in 2011, Civic Center is now recognized as a “leading example of urban parks creating economic, environmental and social capital through innovative partnerships.”

Lent previously served as Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s communications director for both his 2003 mayoral campaign and his first four-year term in office – serving as the mayor’s spokesperson, speechwriter and media strategist while overseeing the internal and external communications-related functions of the administration. In 2007, she was named senior advisor to the mayor and subsequently served as the City and County of Denver’s director of communications for the Democratic National Convention.

Lent’s previous endeavors included work on Colorado State Senator Mike Feeley’s 2002 Colorado congressional campaign and serving as the communications director for U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Austin, Texas. Beginning her career in political journalism, Lent covered Chicago City Hall for suburban Chicago newspapers and Capitol Hill as a Washington correspondent for local TV affiliates in Wisconsin and Texas. Lent received her bachelor’s degree in political science with honors from Stanford University and her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Named a 2012 “Forty Under 40” honoree by the Denver Business Journal, Lent co-chaired Governor John Hickenlooper’s 2010-2011 Governor’s Residence Transition Committee and Mayor Michael Hancock’s 2011 Parks and Recreation Transition Committee and was appointed to the City of Denver’s 2011-12 Structural Financial Task Force by former Mayor Bill Vidal.

Appointed to the Lowry Redevelopment Authority board of directors in September 2013 by Mayor Hancock, Lent is also a member of the Colorado Women’s Forum.  She previously served on the University of Colorado Cancer Center Fund Board, the Denver Preschool Program Advisory Board, the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Urban Exploration Trip Steering Committee, and the boards of the Civic Center Conservancy and the American Jewish Committee/Colorado Chapter.



Valerian LogoSusan-headshotSusan Brown is the founding principal of Valerian. Her extensive background in landscape design, combined with her strong leadership skills, have made her an outstanding principal and mentor. Typical work which she has overseen within the firm includes reclamation of disturbed sites, environmentally-responsible design, open space, trail and park design. Susan is an integral Valerian team member creating sustainable designs incorporating Low Impact Design (LID) and Best Management Practices (BMP’s) throughout the front range of Colorado, Washington, and Argentina. Susan provides guidance and direction on all Valerian projects, while also serving as a direct participant and professional representative on special projects. During her tenure as a Landscape Architect, the industry has experienced steady change, calling for constant flexibility and innovation. She has an enduring commitment to become a pioneer in the various dimensions of service – both the client’s vision and the different user groups, while upholding the values of sustainable design. Susan’s consensus building expertise over the past 23 years has enabled public officials, senior executives, team leaders, project managers, and staff to foster dialogue, clarify areas of agreement and disagreement, improve the information on which a decision may be based, and resolve controversial issues in ways that all interests find acceptable. Susan regularly facilitates design charettes for multidisciplinary teams and public forums to synthesize various ideas.




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Earth Day Clean Up

Geneva Kowalski : April 14, 2015 2:00 pm : Blog, Share

April 25, 2015

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Bobcat park cleanup 4-25-15


Please sign in to register for this event.


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Lecture – Carolyn Armenta Davis

Heather Howell : April 8, 2015 9:54 am : Blog



Who: Carolyn Armenta Davis, Hon. AIA

What: Lecture as part of UCD’s “Spring Lecture Series: “Multiple Modernities and Continuities of African Diaspora Architects”

Where: University of Colorado Denver, 1250 14th St Denver, CO 80202

When: Monday, APRIL 13, 6:00pm-7:30pm ; Reception 5:30-6:00pm on the 2nd floor of the College of Architecture and Planning



 Carolyn Armenta Davis  111 Carolyn Armenta Davis, Hon. AIA, is an international architecture historian, lecturer, curator and writer on contemporary African/Black Diaspora architects. She is an award-winning broadcast writer-producer; a philanthropy consultant; design juror; global business adviser; and world traveler. A member of the Society of Architectural Historians and sought after lecturer she has spoken in over 35 cities globally.

Her groundbreaking exhibition Design Diaspora: Black Architects and International Architecture 1970-1990™ was the first offering a global perspective of contemporary Black architects touring 20 venues in eight countries on four continents. It spotlighted built designs of 50 Black architects in 38 Black-owned firms in the USA, Americas, Europe and Africa.

Her presentations explore the intersections of design, culture, ecology, politics and geo-economics informing African American architects,  Afro-Latino architects, Afro-European architects and African architects. In 2014 the American Institute of Architects awarded Davis an honorary membership/Hon.AIA.http://carolynarmentadavis.com/






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The City of Boulder is Recruiting Designers for the 2015 Boulder Design Advisory Board

SMcMullen : February 10, 2015 2:26 pm : Blog, Share

The City of Boulder 2015 Annual Recruitment for Boards and Commissions is happening now!  The Boulder Design Advisory Board has 2 open vacancies coming up.  Wouldn’t it be great if they were filled by women?

Board Applications: https://bouldercolorado.gov/boards-commissions

Deadline for Applications: Thursday, February 12 at 5 PM

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“What do you hear about great groups? Not that the members are all really smart but that they listen to each other. They share criticism constructively. They have open minds. They’re not autocratic.” – read more about this study by HBR.

Blog Post By: Michelle W. Lee, Architect, Ultralite Living

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Exhibition and CE Credit Opportunity sponsored by Rocky Mountain Lights

SMcMullen : January 29, 2015 1:59 pm : Blog


RSVP today!

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Volunteer with WiD

Heather Howell : January 29, 2015 1:07 pm : Blog, Share

Volunteering is exciting, fulfilling, and rewarding!


Whether it is important to you to solve a community problem, advance a worthy cause or to develop as a person, volunteering offers many benefits in appreciation for the gift of your time and expertise. Volunteering can help you:

  • Make important networking contacts
  • Learn or develop skills
  • Teach your skills to others
  • Enhance your résumé
  • Gain work experience
  • Build self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Meet new people
  • Express gratitude for help you may have received in the past from an organization
  • Communicate to others that you are ambitious, enthusiastic and care about the community
  • Make a difference at WiD

And it is as easy and 1-2-3.

1. Simply decide weather you would like to help out for a single event or two, or if you want to join in on a more regular basis by joining a Steering Committee.

2. Go to the new Volunteer Form Here.

3. Submit your interests and we will contact you asap.



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VIP Membership Party Prizes

SMcMullen : January 21, 2015 7:50 am : Blog

In case the food and drink, membership discounts, and the great company of fellow WIDs, isn’t enough to convince you to come to the VIP Membership party, some amazing prizes have been donated for our drawings.

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GIFT CARD Huckleberry
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