While co-working spaces are abundant in the Denver metro area, SolderWorks saw a need to fill the co-making space void. SolderWorks provides not only workstations for individuals and offices for start-up companies, but rooms for printing, cutting and soldering. The client held a competition for the brand logo and the selected winner took their cue from the color of heated solder; fuchsia and purple. These colors spilled over to the public spaces along with an orange accent while the offices remained neutral for personal branding. In addition to branding with the logo colors, the space was designed with a heavy tech aesthetic to highlight the type of creative processes being done in the space.
It's been a year and a half since the completion of Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain. The building that was selected for IECRM's new home was initially a bowling alley and a pet boarding and washing facility. The design team was able to completely transform the space within the project budget into the offices, classrooms and lab spaces required for IECRM to continue to grow their organization. The end result is open, light and edgy while meeting all functional and growth requirements.
Read the article that prompted this in the Denver Business Journal and about their current status here.
Derive Systems was seeking to create a dynamic, eclectic and creatively rebranded office for their Denver location. They wanted to depart from their corporate standards in order to achieve an environment that was more along the lines of a startup feel that would make visitors and employees alike feel that they were headed in a big and bold direction as a company. Collaboration spaces meant for different tasks are central to the design, leaving plenty of room for rotating employees coming from other states to visit or work. Kestrel implemented the flowing and organic curves that are often thought of for the bodies of sports cars, and used primary colors of red, blue and yellow to further solidify the concept. Derive’s organic body concept is carried through the flooring transitions, open ceiling drops, large scale graphics and materials.
Avoka’s initial office in Broomfield was small and uninspiring, but the area provided employees great views of the front range and flatirons. They knew they needed more space, but still wanted to maintain the views and ideal location. A West facing space in Interlocken with commanding vistas and plenty of room to grow was chosen so that they could take full advantage of natural light and provide employees open space that was both functional and exciting. The overall design concept was to incorporate regional materials - like the reclaimed wood of the entry area - with Avoka’s branding colors of teal and orange.
Alpha Recovery needed a new office space that would allow their company to grow creatively as well as grow in numbers. Kestrel was tasked with finding a way to create separate zones for executive employees, call center employees, as well as shared spaces between them within a limited budget. The end result is a vibrant office that uses flooring as a means of wayfinding and colorful exposed cross structure to signify important areas. The use of natural light was incredibly important in the design, so glass is used on all of the office fronts, conference room, training room and breakroom in order to let natural light flow into the interior open workspace.
Teach for America is a non-profit entity that facilitates the placement and training of teachers for low-income schools. Kestrel was enlisted to redesign their current space to better utilize the footprint and freshen up the aesthetic. By rearranging their space to locate the open office spaces together, we created a better sense of community and gave the staff great Western views. Along with 11 private meeting spaces ranging from a 40-person training room to several three-person phone rooms, we integrated the public meeting space with the break room to be an efficient use of the footprint.
The staff and students of Turing School of Software and Design were jam packed in their previous space, utilizing any free corner to study or work on group projects. Kestrel was challenged with not only creating a fresh, new space but one with a variety of meeting spaces which include an old bank vault converted into four areas separated by sound-dampening curtains, a bright and inviting break room with built-in banquettes, and study rooms to double as staff / new student meeting rooms. The end result is bright and open, despite the school being located on the basement level and having little access to natural light. Turing's color palette evolved from simple blue and green, calming colors for engaging students, to teal, aqua, and lime to create a young, vibrant space reflective of the students and overall culture.
Thank you to those of you who helped to make our five year bash last week a success. We could not have done it without you and your consistent support of our architects, designers and company. We hope you had a great time at Denver Beer Company and enjoyed all of the beer, food and schwag that we had to offer. As part of our five years, we have changed our name from Kestrel Architecture to Kestrel Design Group to better reflect our company personality and the services that we offer. Hopefully you'll be seeing the Kestrel falcon around town from now on!
We have moved! Don't worry if you don't have our new address just yet. Our office is still located in University Building on the 16th street walking mall, but we moved one floor up to a much larger suite that can accommodate all of us and our space needs. Our address is now 910 16th St, Suite 610. Email Lauren to set up an appointment or just drop by to say "hi" and check out the new digs. See you soon.
Martin Marietta’s move to a new space was influenced by the desire to combine their three front range locations into a single, cohesive office. Now occupying one-and-a-half floors in Denver West, the 34,000 square foot office required customized and delineated spaces for each division of the company to suit the requirements for each working environment. As Martin Marietta was open to fresh ideas juxtaposed with a traditional layout, the Kestrel team injected life into the space by opening up the ceiling in selected areas, using a variety of colors and textures, and creating interest through unique furniture pieces and eye-popping wall graphics.
One of our employees, Angela Harness, has been featured in an article written by her alma mater, Western Michigan University's College of Education concerning the design of Integrity First Financial, a client located in Colorado Springs.
Read more here.
Kestrel Architecture introduces Integrity First Financial, our newest completed project located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Integrity First Financial is a growing home loan office that took over an old Blockbuster space. Their vision from the beginning was to have an updated, modern and funky space that was open and inviting for visitors and employees alike. We expanded on their initial vision and created a fun, enticing and active environment through the use of muted greys, brightly inspired blues and patterns that flowed from one space to the next.
Finley's Barbershop is expanding to multiple locations in Colorado and Kestrel Architecture is currently heading up the planning for three of the new locations. The first will be downtown Denver in a LEED building. The second and third will open sometime next year and be located in Cherry Hills and Westminster. Finley's offers a unique, retro and personalized experience that is unlike most other business models. Kestrel looks forward to this company's continued growth.
MarkWest Energy Partners LP has 18 projects under construction in the three-state Appalachian region that makes up the Utica and Marcellus shale plays.
While oil and gas drillers are reining in activity in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, the Denver-based natural gas midstream company (NYSE: MWE) is ramping up activity.
One of Colorado's fastest growing new public companies needed a contemporary, innovative new space that represented its corporate vision and accommodated its rapid growth. Kestrel Architecture moved mountains - and a few corridors - to transform 40,000 square feet in Centennial and make a May move-in wish a reality.
Often architects are able to play a role outside of the design and construction phases that can save a client money and time. RingCentral, which recently held its initial public offering (IPO), was growing quickly, and was destined to outgrow its current space.
Faced with limited space options that could accommodate their growth and company size, they needed a partner who could enable a quick and creative solution. In addition to designing and planning the new 40,000 square foot space, our team was able to work with the local jurisdictions to address potential code issues and allow RingCentral to secure space in their preferred building. RingCentral’s new Centennial offices opened for business on May 12, and feature a creative open-office environment, numerous collaborative spaces, and employee amenities such as a large, open breakroom and “green rooms” where employees can get away from the office environment when needed.
Keith Parker is Kestrel Architecture’s newest executive team member. Keith is a long-time associate of the Kestrel team and joins the firm as a principal. He has extensive experience in the industry specializing in technology and telecommunications, and is known for his unique ability to integrate today’s ever-present technology needs seamlessly into design and planning for best-in-class project outcomes.
“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Keith personally and collaborating with him in different capacities for more than a decade, said Kestrel Architecture president and founder Richard Moore. “He’s an ideal representation of the hands-on, client-focused approach that exemplifies our firm’s philosophy.”
Keith brings more than 15 years of relationships to Kestrel across the banking, legal, and telecommunications industries.
In his new role, Keith will share executive team responsibilities for business development, project management and workload delegation, and will lead the firm’s technology integration and project visualization solutions.
A graduate of Auburn University, Keith lives in Evergreen with his wife and two children.