The Best of Colorado Real Estate 2019
Our readers pick the best agents, builders, architects and more!
BEST ARCHITECTURE FIRM
OZ Architecture focuses on innovative design in a collaborative environment. The company designs cities, towns, neighborhoods and the individual buildings that contribute to them – everything from senior living communities to higher-education facilities and hotels and resorts. OZ’s projects include Arrow Electronics’ 236,500-square-foot headquarters building in Centennial; the 15,730-square-foot Silverthorne Performing Arts Center in Summit County; and Punch Bowl Social at Stapleton. OZ even created the new design and master plan for McMurdo Station, a 58-year-old sub-zero campus in Antarctica. The plan will consolidate more than 100 structures spread across 164 acres into six connected buildings totaling 300,000 square feet.
BEST PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
Atlas Real Estate Group owns and manages property; it also helps other property owners save for retirement. “By helping people understand investment real estate as an asset class, we can show them how to build wealth over time,” President Tony Julianelle says. The firm also knows the importance of safe and quality housing, and believes residents should be treated with dignity and respect. “We take pride in serving our residents’ needs, educating them through regular communication and responding quickly to maintenance calls.”
New this year is Atlas’ Employee Equity Ownership Plan (EEOP). The plan allows employees to become company equity holders by offering them the ability to purchase units of Atlas. New workplace enhancements include a solar energy-powered building, electric car charging stations and health and wellness benefits.
BEST REAL ESTATE AGENCY – COMMERCIAL
Agents at RE/MAX can work any commercial property types, in any market. That’s different from the traditional model of commercial real estate existing in silos where commercial agents are required to work one or two property types within a narrowly defined region. Agents also keep more of what they earn with RE/MAX’s maximum commission concept, and can take coursework for the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute designation online through RE/MAX University.
RE/MAX Commercial had a 37 percent increase in transaction volume from 2016 to 2017 and an 11 percent growth in transaction volume from 2017-2018. There are more than 3,400 RE/MAX commercial practitioners across 73 countries.
BEST REAL ESTATE AGENCY – RESIDENTIAL
8Z REAL ESTATE
8z holds its agents to high standards of professionalism and production. There are no part-time agents at 8z, and each agent is required to complete at least 10 transactions a year. “All of our agents are hyper-local experts, meaning they specialize in the local community they live in,” says Jared Smith, marketing manager. “Also, there is a deep company ethos of clients first, and it shows; we have more five-star Zillow reviews than any other brokerage in Colorado.”
The firm recently introduced a membership program for clients. The 8z Collective includes exclusive perks and benefits for anyone who buys a home with 8z, and helps 8z stay connected to clients long after the transaction.
303 Development is a design-build homebuilder that brings extensive experience, detailed communications, financial transparency and a turnkey process to its projects. The company’s attention to detail and proactive problem-solving attitude sets it apart from the competition. The company also believes in giving back to the community. In September, 303 teamed up with Epic homes to build a ramp and new entryway for a couple in Denver to improve their quality of life. The companies redid the sidewalk, added two new doors with easy-access ramps and a new ceiling fan for the residents who were home-bound for the previous four months.
BEST COMMERCIAL BUILDER
Denver-based i2 Construction is a full-service general contractor that focuses on complex commercial construction projects. The company collaborates with clients to ensure the spaces they build enhance creativity and performance. Clients have included Google, Coca-Cola, DaVita, Thermo Fisher Scientific, AOL/Mapquest, Anadarko Petrolium and JP Morgan Chase. Allan Fries founded Integrated Interiors & Construction LLP (dba i2 Construction LLP) in 1999.
BEST ENGINEERING FIRM
Over the nearly four decades it has been in business, Galloway Engineering has worked on projects ranging from half-acre pad sites to master-planned communities. The nationally recognized company’s 130 professionals hold registrations in 45 states. Galloway’s mission is to positively influence communities through the designed environment by championing and empowering clients and colleagues. The company has worked on adaptive reuse projects, banks, educational facilities, industrial and hospitality projects from its offices in Colorado, California and Utah.