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Diversity of Design Practice Cements its Success

Davis Partnership Architects named Top Company in Architecture and Interior Design category in 2018


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The place-makers and space-shapers of 2018's Top Company class understand physical design and, with bold but thoughtful, execute their visions. These three companies – one winner and two finalists – are all Denver-based, and yet the diversity of their portfolios of work speaks volumes. Dive in and learn more about the 2018 Top Architecture and Interior Design Companies here:


WINNER

DAVIS PARTNERSHIP ARCHITECTS

DENVER

After more than a half century of design work, this firm has helped shape the look, feel and well-being of greater Denver.

The comprehensive architecture firm with 181 employees is committed to promoting high-performing and responsible buildings that are efficient and healthy. The company has completed more than 60 LEED-certified buildings of various types and sizes. The Colorado Health Foundation headquarters project completed in December 2016 was the first building in the U.S. to achieve both LEED version 4 Gold and WELL Gold certifications. The employees practice what they preach: Their own headquarters building is LEED Gold certified.“A testimony to the outstanding level of service and performance we offer, our exceptional rate of 92 percent repeat clients in the past five years is the key to 51 years of stability and profitability,” firm principal Ann Adams says.

The company gives back locally through its Community Outreach Task Force that organizes staff participation in one volunteer opportunity each month. The staff raised nearly $60,000 and assisted 85 nonprofits last year. Employees volunteered a combined 3,000 hours in 2017, far surpassing the company’s “5.0 challenge” issued to each employee to volunteer five hours of time during the firm’s 50th anniversary.

The diversity of the practice cements its success with work in design, master planning, landscape architecture, interior and lighting design, and environmental signage. The company’s expertise lies in commercial, mixed-used, health care, higher education, residential and cultural facilities.

 


FINALISTS

TRIO ENVIRONMENTS

DENVER

Founder Angela Harris, who earned a master’s degree in sustainable design, started TRIO Environments full-service interior design and visual merchandising firm in 1999. The growing company strives to deliver better design and merchandise at a lower cost in a shorter timeframe.

The bread-and-butter work is designing and furnishing model homes for builders as well as clubhouses and sales centers in multi-family complexes and master-planned communities. The 24 full-time employees stay busy managing some 76 projects at a time.

TRIO Environments donates 3 percent of revenue to scholarship and educational outreach charities and helped build a school classroom on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas this year. Every quarter, employees receive a “wellness box” with items such as fitness class gift certificates. Each year, one employee is awarded a vacation with a service component.


ELEMENTS

DENVER

This 10-year-old company takes the dread out of a big office move, interior redecoration or reorganization, allowing companies to focus on business at hand.

With 108 full-time employees, ELEMENTS takes workspaces from concept to occupancy. Services include furniture planning, project and move management, installation, inventory management, and product reconfiguration, maintenance and repair.

The company started as a commercial furniture dealership, and now its 32,000-square-foot Discovery Center showroom in LoDo is an impressive place to view office pieces in real-life settings from 50 manufacturers.

The company’s flat organizational structure encourages leadership from every employee. Team members donate their time to organizations such as USO food and toy drives, Denver Children’s Home and Warming Hearts and Hands.

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Suzie Romig

Suzie C. Romig is a freelance journalist who has lived in Colorado since 1991. Her byline has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the state on topics ranging from small businesses to raising children to energy efficiency. She can be reached at suziecr@q.com

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