Excellent Service makes for Construction Staking Boom

Apartment Construction StakingWith all of the new construction going on around the state, R&R is in prime position to capitalize with our construction survey and staking expertise.

With our growing team of field surveyors, R&R has grown our volume, revenue, and most importantly deepened our relationships with quality General Contractors in
the region.

We consistently receive calls from Shaw Construction, CFC Construction, Palace Construction, Pinkard Construction, and Haselden Construction for their upcoming work, scheduling so far as into 2nd Quarter of 2018!

Just a month ago a preconstruction manager from a major general contracting company operating in Denver called R&R to explain how a lower priced competitor was selected for an apartment project, but has not been living up to expectations. Knowing about R&R’s stellar reputation from his colleagues and previous projects with us, he specifically requested that we take over the project and get it back on track (which we have).

That is just one of many anecdotes from pleased general contractor clients, which just goes to show how placing an importance on quality, communication, consistency, and professionalism can make a big impact in retaining clients and continued prosperity for us all.

Project Spotlight: The Ramble Hotel

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R&R is proudly providing civil engineering services for a new, first-class boutique hotel called, The Ramble Hotel. The 17th Century French-inspired hotel will be located in the River North District of downtown Denver (RiNo). The Ramble Hotel will feature 50 beds and a new Death & Co bar, a world-renowned cocktail industry leader based out of New York City.

Jesse Donovan, PE (Project Manager at R&R), has been involved in the project from the beginning and is closely collaborating with the award-winning Architecture and Interior Design Firm, Johnson Nathan Strohe (JNS), and the Developer, Gravitas, an innovative urban infill development company based in downtown Denver.Ramble Hotel

R&R has enjoyed providing turn-key survey and civil design services on this project. Unique design consideration was given for finished floor elevation grade constraints on the infill site. Construction has started with the hotel tentatively scheduled to open in early 2018, according to Gravitas’ website.

Check out the New York Times article below to learn more about the hotel’s featured bar, Death & Co.

“Death & Co. Plans Its First Branch, in Denver”

Education Engagement with R&R

Here at R&R we strive to keep learning and create and environment for our staff, our clients, and our colleagues to continue their pursuit of knowledge. Beyond the mentoring and growth of our dedicated staff internally, R&R routinely works with partners in the A/E/C community to provide educational discussions and presentations.

Tony TeachingTony Smith (Director of Survey/COO) has held several “lunch and learn” events with some of our brokerage and general contractor partners to provide a crash course on surveying and what they need to know to succeed in their respective roles. For brokerage firms and developers that means a review of the different types of land surveys, what they are used for, when you need them, and how that impacts land transactions. Further along in the project timeline, R&R provides a guide to general contractors on the basics of construction survey staking, including best methods for phasing stakes during a project.CRG Panel Presentation

Recently Douglas Dunkin, PE (President/CEO) had the opportunity to provide insight during the CRG-Colorado presentation panel “Avoiding the Pains and Pitfalls in Pre-Construction Planning” earlier this month. A great success, we want to thank CRG-Colorado, as well as the other panelists for providing their keen insight towards navigating the worlds of land planning, financing, and marketing projects in the pre-construction phases.

We are always looking to continue our educational engagement in the industry – let us know if your firm may be interested in these, and other relevant topics regarding survey, entitlements, and civil engineering.

Projects in the News

R&R has been busy at work, diligently providing quality survey and civil engineering for our Clients on a multitude of projects – two of which having been recently published.

Depew Streetscape RenderingWest Line Village has been an evolving project that R&R has been involved in from the beginning. Working with the visionary Trailbreak Partners LLC, R&R provided site survey and coordinated a complicated entitlements process for the transit oriented development site. After months of complex site engineering, West Line Village is now getting ready for construction and will provide an urban, residential enclave that is directly linked to downtown Denver, and the greater metro area through its close proximity to the W Line.
Click Here for Full Details in the Denver Post Article by Emilie Rusch.

Rubio’s Coastal Grill continues to expand their footprint here in Colorado, and R&R is there to help their adaptive repurpose of shuttered and rundown restaurant pads. Working with John Sponseller at Ethos Architecture, R&R breathed new life into an old Fazoli’s location at 111 W. Mineral Ave. in Littleton. The new store looks great, inside and out, and is an improvement to the established retail corridor. We can’t wait to assist on their next locale! Click Here for Full Details in the BusinessDen Article by Amy DiPierro.

Denver’s Push for Affordable Housing: What’s the Impact?

In a follow up to our earlier notice of the New Development Impact Fee for Denver development, effective Jan. 1, 2017, our own Business Development Manager (Chris Yonushewski) penned an in-depth look at the new fee, and its impact on new Denver development and promoting affordable housing. It was published in the Colorado Real Estate Journal (Jan 18-31, 2017) print edition. If you missed out, you can read it here in it’s entirety.

From Party Chief to Director to COO…

2016-may-tony-headshot-resize-for-webYes, these are ALL great titles & we’re proud to announce that in addition to overseeing our Survey Department,  Tony Smith has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of R&R Engineers – Surveyors, Inc.

Please join us in congratulating Tony Smith, PLS, on his promotion to the position of Chief Operating Officer of R&R Engineers – Surveyors, Inc.

During his tenure here, Tony has implemented processes which have greatly improved our Survey Department while also significantly improving the quality, efficiency, growth and culture of R&R as a whole. His personal dedication to our clients and staff, combined with his amazing work ethic and ability to develop others into leaders, make him an excellent choice for this role.

Tony has over 17 years of solid experience in hiring, training and developing personnel as well as successfully managing scopes, budgets and schedules for projects of all sizes. He has been an integral part of the success of R&R and we are pleased that he will continue to be the Director of Survey in addition to his new role as COO.

Click on Tony’s photo to send congratulations his way!

New Development Fee for Denver in 2017

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In September, Mayor Michael B. Hancock signed Council Bill 0625, establishing an affordable housing fund to help create or preserve 6,000 affordable homes for low- to moderate-income families in Denver. It will be financed by property tax revenue and an impact fee on new development that will take effect January 1, 2017. The new fee will apply to building permits for new square footage, based on fees per square foot.

View Fee Chart and Exempt Project List here.

As the fee will go into effect January 1, it will apply to projects logged in for building or site development plan (SDP) review on or after that date. If an SDP concept has major changes requiring a new submittal after January 1, it will be considered a new project and will become subject to the fee.

In order to avoid the new fee, projects must be logged in, with a Complete Concept Application, on or before Friday, December 30, 2016. 

It is important to us here at R&R to provide the best value to our clients, and with many upcoming projects in the bustling Denver market, we wanted to reach out and make sure you are aware of the upcoming change in development fees, and that we are available to help spearhead your design for concept review with the City.

Let us know if there is anything we can do to assist.

R&R Banners in Denver

2450 Larimer - R&R BannerWhere one building comes down, another goes up, as does another R&R banner in the bustling metro-Denver market.

R&R is proud to be providing civil engineering services for the Ramble Hotel located at 2450 Larimer in Denver’s ballpark neighborhood.

R&R has been working tirelessly on the site development, and are delighted to be on Gravitas Development Group’s team with JNS and Sprung Construction for the project.