Top Company 2021: Architecture & Interior Design
These three companies are making their mark on the world of architecture and interior design
In its 34th year, ColoradoBiz‘s Top Company honors the Colorado companies that have drive, determination, a vision and a plan and are ultimately making the state a better place to live and work. These two companies – one winner and one finalist –represent the 2021 Top Companies in Architecture and Interior Design.
The Neenan Company strengthens and builds communities across the country with an integrated and entrepreneurial approach to design, construction and development projects. Founded in 1966, the firm is a pioneer of the design-build model and specializes in creating commercial, education, health care and community facilities that generate economic vitality and inspire people to be well, to learn and to lead.
The Neenan Company has coined the term “archistruction” to describe its unique approach to the industry. Traditionally, the real estate industry is driven by commodities – the labor, materials, equipment and land needed to create or renovate buildings. Decision-making is often the product of critical analysis of cost savings and profit margins.
Archistruction is Neenan’s solution to marry the vision, planning and expertise needed to create spaces that lead to economic vitality. It is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary process focused on generating maximum value for Neenan’s clients. It centralizes the work of engineers, architects, designers, project managers, contractors, subcontractors and tradespeople. Neenan works in partnership across all stages – concept, finance, design and build – to create the best, most economically viable spaces for clients.
With one of its recent projects, Tammen Hall Apartments in Denver, the Neenan team redeveloped a historic landmark into affordable apartments for seniors, helping to address Denver’s housing crisis. Located on the Saint Joseph Hospital campus, the building was originally built in 1930 as a nurse dormitory for Children’s Hospital Colorado and sat vacant since 2007. The property provided 49 rental apartments for income-qualified seniors 62 and older, offering independent living options for seniors who are often on fixed incomes and represent one of the city’s most vulnerable groups. The Neenan Company served as the design-build partner for the renovation of the historic landmark, working with MGL Partners and Solvera Advisors LLC as the project developers.
NINE dot ARTS is a nationally recognized art consulting and curating firm with 825 installations across 35 states and five countries. From hotels, multifamily and office properties to large-scale, mixed-use developments and dynamic public art installations, NINE dot ARTS transforms ordinary places into one-of-a-kind experiences. Some notable projects include Denver Water headquarters; Dairy Block Alley and Offices and the Maven Hotel; and Perry Lane Hotel in Savannah, Georgia. NINE dot ARTS has partnered with some of the leading real estate developers and hospitality groups in the country including Hyatt, Hilton, Sage Hospitality, Aparium Hotel Group, McWhinney Real Estate, BMC Investments and more.
In 2020, in the midst of the global pandemic, NINE dot ARTS launched its Andrà Tutto Bene artist micro-grant program to support the local Denver art community, which was suffering greatly due to the closure of the country’s small and large cultural installations. The micro-grant program, whose name is taken from the Italian phrase, “everything is going to be OK,” is intended to encourage the spread of publicly visible positive messaging, while providing helpful financial support to 30 selected creatives and organizations. Submitting artists were asked to create an eye-catching display centered around the genesis phrase of the program, and each artwork could be found in various locations throughout the city – artists’ apartment windows, parked cars, bikes, balconies and more.