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Local Architects & Engineers

Denver, CO is a rapidly growing city with a great deal of construction taking place. Architects and engineers serve a crucial role in the updates and new projects taking place throughout the city. Whether you're looking to renovate your own home, or you're investing in and upgrading structures throughout the city, you'll need help from the right professionals to see your vision become a brick and mortar reality.

What's the Difference Between and Engineer and an Architect?

Architects and engineers experience overlap in their job responsibilities, but they take different approaches to the same project. The architect focuses primarily on the structural features of the building. He or she will envision the style, shape, layout and design of the project. Architects focus on form and aesthetics.

Engineers work on the practical implementation of an architect's design. Engineering utilizes a great deal of math and physics to turn the artistic designs from the architect into a workable construction. Engineers often work within a specialty such as electrical, industrial or structural engineering. If you're working on a new construction or remodeling project, you'll likely need the services of a structural engineer. Engineers determine the exact materials, plans and requirements for bringing a construction project to life.

Both engineers and architects are in high demand in Denver, where construction projects known as scrapes are making a big comeback. When a property owner performs a scrape, he demolishes the existing building on the lot and constructs an entirely new one. This is an increasingly popular tactic in historic residential communities.

Questions to Ask Your Architect

Your architect is the creative force behind your project. Many architects have a distinctive style that's evident in all their work. It's important to choose an architect whose vision melds well with your own. This helps ensure that your designs come out looking just as you imagined them. Ask your architect these key questions to decide whether they're a good match.

  • Who will design my project? Most architects work for larger firms. The person you meet with may not design your project, so you need to find out who will and make arrangements to meet with them.
  • What's the scope of your project management services? Will your architect handle lien waivers, design adjustments, and hiring for your contractor? Specify the division of labor and responsibilities from the beginning.
  • What are the biggest challenges you anticipate with this project? Any architect can point out their strengths and offer highlights from their portfolio. Get to the gritty details up front and find out what hurdles you should expect on your journey.
  • What is your signature design style? While some are more distinctive than others, all architects have a particular style they gravitate toward and specialize in. Someone who specializes in historic restorations isn't the best choice for a modern build, and a tiny house designer won't have the experience if you're working on an expansive space.
  • What experience do you have with this type of project? If you're planning a scrape, look for someone who's familiar with scrapes that fit well with the existing architecture of the neighborhood and confines of the lot.
  • Do you have experience with green design, and if so what types? If you want to design an eco-friendly building, it's important to specify the green design elements you can work into your project. Some architects may stop at eco-friendly building materials, while others can go well beyond with a construction that's designed for low energy consumption and sustainability at every step.
  • What are the steps in your design process? Your architect should offer a clear schedule for each step in the design process as well as a time table.
  • How will you bill for this project? Architects may charge an hourly rate for consultations as well as a fixed percentage of the project cost. Clarify all fees as well as the billing schedule.
  • How do you provide drawings? Architects typically provide 3-D computer renderings that allow you to zoom, rotate, and adjust your view of the project. If you're only looking at flat sketches, you may find your architect is behind the times in other areas as well.

Speak with several architects before selecting the right person for your project. You'll have a lot of contact with this person, so it's crucial that you take your time to find a good match.

Questions to Ask Your Engineer

In addition to an architect, you will need a structural engineer to assist with your construction. It's important to choose an engineer that's experienced in your particular area. These questions will help you find a reliable professional.

  • Who will be the primary point of contact? If you're working with a large engineering firm it's important to know who you'll speak with most often. Make arrangements to interview this person so you can find out if you're a good fit.
  • What field do you specialize in? You're most likely looking for a structural engineer for your project, but you'll find further specialties within this area. The engineer may work primarily with commercial buildings, industrial structures, residential properties or another type of construction.
  • What did you spend the most time on in your last project? This will help you pinpoint areas that may slow down your construction process. It's also important to know how the engineer handled problematic areas.
  • Who are your previous clients in this area? Look for a firm that has completed several similar projects, both in scope and locality. Engineers should be well versed in the local requirements for this type of construction.
  • What is your time frame? Find out how much staffing your structural engineering firm can devote to your project. Make sure their proposed deadlines fit well within your own needs.
  • What services are offered throughout the project? Delivering construction documents is the first thing a structural engineer will do. However, you also want someone who will check in regularly, meet with you after crucial milestones in the project and perform inspections at previously scheduled points.
  • How do you charge for your services? Clarify how your engineer bills for his services. Is there a fixed design fee? Does he charge hourly rates? How often will you receive bills for the work?

The right engineer will be able to work with your time frame and budgetary confines. Interview several people for this crucial job before settling on a single firm to make sure you get the best engineer for your job.

Local Denver Associations

When you're looking for an architect or engineer, it's useful to have a well-rounded grasp of the local industry. There are several groups and associations in Colorado that dedicated professionals in this field belong to. These provide a helpful starting point for seeking out a qualified professional. You can also ask your top candidates about their involvement or participation in these groups to get a better idea of how involved they are in the local industry.

AIA Colorado

AIA Colorado is a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. They offer an online directory to help connect potential clients with members. They also connect their members with mentoring and professional networking opportunities to help them grow within the industry. AIA is the leading provider of construction and design contracts in the industry.

The Denver Architectural Foundation

The Denver Architectural Foundation aims to inspire members to appreciate and explore the dynamic design of Denver. The organization offers hard hat tours, workshops, and other events highlighting architecture throughout the city. This is an excellent organization to join if you're interested in expanding your own understanding of Denver's distinctive personality and design elements to get inspiration for your own projects.

Home Builders Association of Metro Denver

The Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA) is a major source of networking events in the homebuilding industry. They maintain an active voice in any regulatory activities that will impact the industry. Continuing education programs help members stay at the top of their profession, while seminars, building permit reports and special interest councils offer regular updates on all vital information in the area.

Structural Engineers Association of Colorado

The Structural Engineers Association of Colorado (SEAC) hosts activities that help support the advancement of structural engineers. The SEAC maintains active technical and professional committees and regularly holds breakfast meetings and seminars as well as an annual dinner.

With the right engineer and architect on board, the options for your construction project are endless. Take the time to hire a great team and you can see your vision realized in grand form.



Recent Job Requests for Architects & Engineers Contractors in Denver, CO


New Lead
Project: Analyze a Structural Issue (Structural Engineer)
Location: Thornton, CO
Date: 12/17/2017
Type of Project: Remodel
Type of Engineer: Structural
Need for Engineer: Determine load bearing walls
Architectural drawings: No
Wall Construction Type: Don't Know
Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Property Owner: Yes
Comment: We are looking to have a wall removed to open up our living room and family room to create one space. We are not sure if this is a load baring wall or not.

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Project: Hire an Architect to Design a Project
Location: Westminster, CO
Date: 12/15/2017
Project Type: Addition (two or more stories)
Building Type: House
Needs: Design drawings, Project evaluation
Approx. Square footage: 500 - 1000 square feet
Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
Desired Completion Date: Less than 2 months
Historical Work: No
Property Owner: Yes
Comment: I need an estimate on designing and building a second story addition for my property in Westminster. The project entails adding a third bedroom over the garage along with the evaluation to add to this project; installing hardwood flooring on the entire second floor. I would need to have an architect design the project. The affected areas will be a bathroom, laundry room and staircase. I am looking to begin this project in May or June of 2018. Please contact me directly to arrange a time for an estimate on the project. Thank You.

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Project: Analyze a Structural Issue (Structural Engineer)
Location: Denver, CO
Date: 12/15/2017
Type of Project: Remodel
Type of Engineer: Structural
Need for Engineer: Determine load bearing walls
Architectural drawings: No
Wall Construction Type: Masonry
Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Property Owner: Yes
Comment: I need to know if the concrete retaining walls in my basement are load-bearing.

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Project: Analyze a Structural Issue (Structural Engineer)
Location: Denver, CO
Date: 12/14/2017
Type of Project: Structural repair on existing structure
Type of Engineer: Structural
Need for Engineer: Design appropriate structural repair(s)
Architectural drawings: Yes
Wall Construction Type: Wood frame
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Property Owner: Yes
Comment: Hello, our house has evidence of sinking and shifting and we are seeking a professional assessment.

New Lead
Project: Hire an Architect to Design a Project
Location: Denver, CO
Date: 12/14/2017
Project Type: Addition (one story)
Building Type: House
Needs: Design drawings, Permit assistance
Approx. Budget (Fees + Construction): $100,001-$200,000
Approx. Square footage: 500 - 1000 square feet
Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
Historical Work: No
Property Owner: Yes
Comment: Adding second story to existing home in Denver

New Lead
Project: Analyze a Structural Issue (Structural Engineer)
Location: Denver, CO
Date: 12/14/2017
Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Comment: I need a quote on structural engginnering work for new construction for a home

New Lead
Project: Survey Property
Location: Denver, CO
Date: 12/13/2017
Survey Purpose: Boundary survey (American Land Title Association)
Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Comment: survey between two home properties taken over by one neighbor

New Lead
Project: Analyze a Structural Issue (Structural Engineer)
Location: Denver, CO
Date: 12/13/2017
Type of Project: Remodel
Type of Engineer: Structural
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence

New Lead
Project: Analyze a Structural Issue (Structural Engineer)
Location: Denver, CO
Date: 12/13/2017
Type of Project: Structural repair on existing structure
Type of Engineer: Structural
Need for Engineer: Sizing of interior supports, Concrete foundation specifications, Sizing deck supports, Stamped drawings for building department approval, Determine load bearing walls, Test structures to withstand natural forces, including earthquakes, water, wind, and snow
Architectural drawings: No
Wall Construction Type: Don't Know
Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Property Owner: Yes

New Lead
Project: Analyze a Structural Issue (Structural Engineer)
Location: Denver, CO
Date: 12/12/2017
Request Stage: Ready to Hire
Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Comment: need est for structural engineer

Unscreened Architects & Engineers Contractors in Denver

Bond Construction Management, Inc.
2605 S. Pennslyvania St.
Denver, CO 80210
Oldham Hirst Design, LLC
15683 Sandhill Circle
Brainerd, MN 56401
Cabinet Distributors Inc. dba Prims Ltd.
12798 E. Harvard Circle
Aurora, CO 80014
Jerand Property Maintenance, Inc.
12022 W. Center Place
Lakewood, CO 80228
Wolff Landscapes, Inc.
7712 Everett Way
Arvada, CO 80005
Paradise Custom Homes
45818 Coal Creek Drive
Parker, CO 80138
Davis George Architects
3222 Tejon St.
Denver, CO 80211
JVL Associates
7475 W. Kentucky Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80226

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