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.

The Lab and Galvanize LoDo

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The Lab

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Galvanize LoDo

A stretch of Platte street in between Denver’s LoHi neighborhood and Lower Downtown has intrigued office space developers. R&R is very familiar with Platte Street, having worked on multiple projects right across from it. R&R provided site surveying and civil engineering on The Lab, a 78,576 SF speculative office building. We are also proud to have provided these services for Galvanize LoDo, an adaptive reuse of a historic building in the Golden Triangle, which is used as a collaborative coworking space.

Groundbreaking for Fitzsimons Village Conference Center & Hotel

R&R is proud to be a part of the site groundbreaking for Fitzsimons Village at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. R&R provided site survey, civil engineering, and entitlement support for the 20 acre development which includes the $80 million hotel and conference center featuring 249 hotel rooms, a 30,000 SF conference space, and a 500 stall parking garage. The hotel and conference room are in close proximity to the medical campus and is primarily directed for its patrons; whether for patients, business travelers, or for hosting academic conferences. In addition to the hotel and conference center, R&R continued to work with Corporex for the development of mutlifamiliy and commercial buildings on site.

A big shout out to Corporex Colorado, Turner Construction, and the City of Aurora for having us on the team to make this vision a realty.

Community Outreach – Education

As part of R&R’s community outreach efforts, our Denver office hosted 25 high school students to learn about the work we do and what it takes to be a survey, civil engineer, or planning professional. In addition, the children were given a tour of the Denver office, a presentation of our Site Optimization software, and were given a small-scale engineering problem to solve.  A special thanks to Bill, Krysta, Richard, and Derrick who showcased R&R and the services we provide, as well as to Becky and Lori who handled the logistics of the visit. The school was very thankful of our efforts (see note below)

Thanks SO much for a great day today! Mapleton students loved their time with R&R. A clear theme that stood out for me when talking to students and reading their comments on the post-survey, was that they want to be exposed to a diversity of firms and explore more. This is exactly what a counselor wants to see after a career exploration activity. Students ran the gamut from wanting to discuss an internship at R&R and sign on to civil engineering all the way to confirming that civil isn’t right for them but they want to explore mechanical or electrical more. I can’t thank you enough for the time and effort that went into planning and executing our day today.

With much gratitude,
Allison Lusero Hoffman
Mapleton Public Schools