The Best of Real Estate 2020
The readers have spoken, here are the best businesses for real estate in Colorado
Best Architecture Firm
Based in the picturesque mountain town of Basalt between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, CCY Architects boasts a long list of awards from the American Institute of Architects and other organizations. Along with various honors for design, the firm has been recognized for preservation (the Aspen Historic Preservation Award in 2018), workplace excellence (Outside Magazine’s Top 100 Places to Work in 2017) and many other distinctions.
“Our work is rooted in place — in the specifics of a site and a pragmatic and artistic response,” the company says. “Our goal is to connect people to the natural environment and build community with evocative architecture reflective of contemporary life. This approach resides at the core of the firm.”
Best Property Management
Atlas Real Estate uses its experience as an investor to help clients understand how to use real estate as a platform to build long-term wealth. The company provides forward-thinking real estate strategy and turnkey solutions for passive wealth building. Atlas owns more than $50 million of investment properties and has designed its property management approach around what it would choose for its own portfolio to maximize return. The company only gets paid when its clients do. If a property is not occupied for a month, Atlas doesn’t charge a service fee.
“Vacancy is the largest expense in rentals,” the company’s website states. “Atlas turns properties quickly, often pre-leasing the property before the current resident moves out.”
Best Real Estate Agency— Commercial
RE/MAX Commercial Alliance closes more than $11.1 billion in total commercial volume from over 25,000 transactions annually. The agency’s more than 3,000 commercial practitioners work in more than 50 countries and territories around the world. RE/MAX Alliance brokers office, industrial, retail multifamily and land deals.
“With a more than 40-year track record of professionalism and customer focus, we understand the long-term value of every transaction, large or small,” the company explains. “Work with us once and you’ll realize the competitive advantages we bring to the table.”
Best Real Estate Agency — Residential
Atlas Real Estate is not your typical real estate agency. Years of personally road-testing its strategy have built Atlas into an authority at helping real estate buyers achieve their goals. The company helps people understand how to use real estate as a platform to build long-term wealth by arming them with the knowledge they need to make the smartest decisions possible.
“For us, it’s as simple as owners helping owners achieve their goals and realize their dreams,” Atlas’ website states.
Best Home Builder
The design build firm 303 Development works to bring clients’ dreams to life, providing guidance through the design, permitting and construction process. Recent projects range from small remodels to single-family custom homes in Congress Park, Washington Park and other neighborhoods, to row houses at Sloan’s Lake. The firm says it brings extensive experience, detailed communications, financial transparency and a turnkey process to its projects, and that it works with customers to fit their budgets.
Best Commercial Builder
Since 1981, Mortenson has been building structures in Colorado for a diverse customer base. Current projects include Clear Creek Crossing in Wheat Ridge, a 110-acre development with retail, hotel, and multifamily residential, and The National Jewish Health Center for Outpatient Health, a 104,350-square-foot, five story facility that will contain clinical exam and treatment spaces, a pharmacy and small coffee shop. At Mortenson, 34% of the workforce is women and nearly 10% of craftworkers are women. The company is trying to build this pipeline by working with youth in the community, showing them opportunities for career pathways.
- Bryan Construction
- Saunders Construction Inc.
- Palace Construction Co. Inc.
- Hensel Phelps
- Shaw Construction LLC
- GE Johnson Construction Co.
Best Engineering Firm
Galloway & Co. has three Colorado offices, two in Utah, and one in California. The firm’s capabilities include architecture, engineering, development, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, and more. Projects vary from hotels near DIA to Air Force Academy Gate Improvements to the HomeAdvisor corporate office in Golden. To celebrate International Women’s Day in March, the Galloway Women’s Network hosted a “Bagels and Bingo” trivia event, where employees tested their knowledge of notable women throughout history and at Galloway, while enjoying breakfast and coffee.