Page 36 - June 2-15, 2021 Construction, Design & Engineering Platform, a new 86-unit resi- dential rental community on the site of the final parcel in Boulder’s S’Park, is being devel- oped by The John Buck Co. of Chicago and Element Properties of Boulder are the developers. KTGY designed Platform, which is expected to be completed in summer 2022. White Construc- tion Group is the general con- tractor. S’Park, a 6.8-acre mixed-use, mixed-income, transit-oriented development located in the heart of Boulder, is located along Val- mont Road at the site of the for- mer Sutherlands Lumberyard. It features new Class A office, resi- dential apartments, townhomes and live/workspace as well as a vibrant retail-lined plaza sup- ported by underground park- ing and access to Boulder’s new RTD Bus Rapid Transit Station and B-Cycle bike rental stations. The development also is locat- ed near employment centers, including 106,000 square feet of leased office space within S’Park and the new 300,000-sf Google campus. Platform is located on 1.17 acres at 3350 Bluff St. at the south end of S'Park. The new residential community will fea- ture 86 units, with studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apart- ments and ground-level retail. “When envisioning this new, four-story, mixed-use apart- ment building, KTGY was chal- lenged to create a design that was compatible with the previ- ous developments, yet distinc- tive, conforming to Boulder’s new form-based code, ” said KTGY Principal Terry Willis, AIA, LEEP AP. The design includes two rooftop decks with views of the Flatirons, amenity space, and covered vehicle and bicycle parking for residents, accord- ing to Willis. Residents of Platform also will be able to enjoy the ame- nities located at the sister apartment community Timber, which is situated across the street. Another design consider- ation was the site’s adjacency to Boulder’s future North- west Rail Line Station. “The building’s predominant mass- ing draws parallels between the movement of railway cars and the shifting lines they run upon,” Willis said. “Viewed from one angle, the building reads as an idle string of box- cars awaiting their deploy- ment. From the reverse view, the elevations take on a more dynamic appearance, revealing accents of wood alluding to the color of the flatirons beyond. The base of the building creates a brick plinth for the units to rest on and relates to the lan- guage of the surrounding com- munity. Smaller apartments with excellent access to exist- ing and future transit provide a more affordable option for recent graduates entering the tech industry.” s John Buck Co., Element Properties launch Platform residential in S’Park GTC recently broke ground on a one-story, 13,300-square- foot administration and cus- tomer service building for Castle Rock Water, located at 175 Kellogg Court. The build- ing will include space for both offices and for public services such as metering, bill paying and customer workshops. The project also includes ren- ovation of the water depart- ment’s existing 6,000-sf, two- story building on the same site. The site’s finished landscap- ing will feature multiple water quality ponds, as well as a unique boulder wall and xeric garden. Department personnel will continue to conduct busi- ness out of the site, therefore the project is being completed in phases to accommodate rou- tine operations. Phase 1 began with the relo- cation of two existing modular facilities, including electrical hookups, elsewhere on the site. After the new building is com- plete, staff from the existing building and some from the modular buildings will move into the new building. At that point, GTC will begin renova- tion of the existing two-story building, which was built in 1999. Once renovations are complete, the remaining staff GTC builds new Castle Rock Water administration building The final steel beam recently was placed on the second build- ing at the CSU Spur campus, signaling a major construction milestone for the Colorado State University Systemproject. The Terra building will open several of its spaces in January and is one of three buildings at the CSU Spur campus at the future National Western Center in Denver. The other two also will be completed in 2022: the Vida building in January, and the Hydro building in September. Vida topped out in February. Anderson Mason Dale Archi- tects designed the CSU Spur Terra building. JE Dunn is the general contractor and CAA- ICON is the CSU Spur project manager. The CSU Spur campus is focused on providing unique education opportunities – a place where K-12 students and families will find inspiration, researchers can collaborate on important issues, professionals will find space for meetings and events, and students from all three CSU System institutions (CSU, CSU Pueblo and CSU Global) can connect with real- life experiences that complement their degree programs. “This is an exciting milestone for Colorado State University as Spur represents an unprecedent- ed opportunity for us to fulfill our land-grant commitment to Colorado,” said James Pritchett, dean of the College of Agricul- tural Sciences and director of the Colorado Agricultural Experi- ment Station. “We look forward to engaging with new audiences and diverse partners across a variety of educational programs and research initiatives.” The 60,000-square-foot Terra building is focused on food and agriculture and will be home to programs that allow the public to interact with food produc- tion and understand where food comes from. Programs housed within the Terra building will promote agricultural literacy and lifelong learning, foster innovation and entrepreneur- ship, enhance the health and well-being of communities, and advance the sustainability of our urban and rural food systems. Art installations at Terra will include works by Jason Bruges, Patrick Marold and Denver’s Sandra Fettingis. s CSU Spur campus tops out Terra at National Western Center, set to open in January One design consideration was the site’s adjacency to Boulder’s future Northwest Rail Line Station. The 60,000-sf Terra building is focused on food and agriculture and will be home to programs that allow the public to interact with food production and understand where food comes from. Olsson, a nationally recog- nized engineering and design firm, moved up 18 spots to No. 76 on Engineering News- Record’s Top 500 Design Firms list. This is the fourth consecu- tive year Olsson was ranked in the top 100. ENR bases its rankings for the Top 500 Design Firms on revenue for design services performed during the previous year. “The COVID-19 pandemic affected communities world- wide, but we were still able to work closely with our clients to keep projects on track,” said Brad Strittmatter, CEO of Ols- son. “I can’t thank our valued clients and our amazing staff enough for partnering together to adapt during these difficult times. We feel very fortunate to have been successful in 2020.” Olsson has been a fixture on ENR’s Top 500Design Firms list since 1996 and first cracked the top 100 in 2018 at No. 98. Olsson has offices in Denver and Loveland, but does work throughout the United States. Since opening its doors in 1956, Olsson has continued to grow, employing nearly 1,500 people and serving thousands of clients across the firm’s geographic footprint. s Olsson moves up to No.76 in Engineering News-Record Please see GTC Page 47