5 Projects That Highlight RMG’s Commercial Building Design Capabilities

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Commercial building design is both an art and a science, and takes a team of dedicated individuals to accomplish. Over the years, RMG has had the opportunity to design and build some truly memorable projects, which we have highlighted below.

1. Plaza of the Rockies: South Tower

This 13-story high-rise office building, which was completed in January 2001, in downtown Colorado Springs consists of two levels of below grade parking structure, a three-story atrium pedestrian walk-way that connects to the adjacent office building and 13 floors of office space. The building was designed to adjoin an existing 7 story building and create a pedestrian walkway on the ground level that connects both buildings, the perimeter streets and public space to the historic El Paso county Pioneer’s Museum on the south boundary. The main level provides the building occupant’s and the public with a choice of a restaurant, deli-café, a fine arts display area and two banking institutions. The building serves as a central focal point and gathering spot in the downtown area.

2. Mountain Shadows Townhomes 55+ Senior Community

Located in the foothills of Colorado Springs, the architectural design of The Mountain Shadows 55+ Townhomes are described as an “active lifestyle” community. The community is located adjacent to biking and hiking trails. The community includes six 4-plex buildings with 24 townhome units. Each residential unit was designed with “zero” entry access from the garage. The wide 3’ doorways and the 5’ halls accommodate seniors that require assistance later in life. All units were designed with an area to install an optional elevator to provide vertical access to lower and upper levels. The architectural details provide luxury and style to ceilings, office nooks in the bedrooms, and private terraces.

3. Creekside Apartments Clubhouse and Complex

Located in central Colorado Springs, the commercial building design at The Creekside at Palmer Park Apartments is described as “one-of-a-kind.” The complex includes 16 buildings with 328 total units, 14 garage buildings, an elegant clubhouse, business center/conference room, fitness center, pool and spa. The architectural details provide luxury and style to each residential unit, which feature vaulted ceilings, office nooks in the bedrooms and private terraces. The complex itself was designed to promote a community atmosphere with a mixture of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units all arranged around a central courtyard green space.

4. Colorado Springs Health Partners

This two story medical office facility in northern Colorado Springs has a two-story entry element that helps to direct users to the appropriate department. This multi department facility houses medical offices that includes pediatrics, OB/GYN and family heath/general practitioner’s offices. The building was also designed to accommodate in-house radiology and patient record storage. The central core of the build was designed to accommodate departmental check-in and waiting areas where patient circulation through the departments is effortless for the staff. The construction for this building is primarily steel frame, which suits the building well with long span capabilities and limited locations for columns. A rooftop-thin film photovoltaic solar system was incorporated to offset peak electrical lighting demand.

5. Magnum Shooting Center

Keith Moore provided the architectural design for the center, which features 24 pistol/rifle lanes, two 50-yard rifle lanes and six 100-yard pistol/rifle lanes. The center has classrooms, a shooter’s lounge and a 4,000 square foot retail center. The structural engineering, provided by Mark Weidhaas, was particularly unique with this building. As a full service source for architectural and engineering, RMG also provided the geotechnical engineering and construction compliance observations. First, a subsurface soil investigation was conducted to determine the type of soil and the foundation engineering specifications. RMG then performed open excavation observations, footing and wall reinforcing observations, concrete testing and soil compaction testing for the project.

If you’re interested in commercial building design, reach out to us for a consultation!

How to Find Reliable Denver Commercial Architects

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Denver commercial architects have the privilege and responsibility to alter a city’s skyline for years to come, so it’s critical that they understand both the art and science of the craft. The Mile High City has shown consistent growth and exhibits no signs of slowing down, with developers from all over the country looking to build in a competitive market.

Looking for a commercial architect can be a tedious endeavor, but it’s important that you find an experienced and reliable professional who can help you make your vision a reality. In addition to helping bring your dream to life, an architect has to be aware of the plethora of logistics associated with the job, such as zoning laws, permitting, functionality of the space and more.

So how can you tell if an architect is reliable? One of our veteran architects, Keith Moore, shares his insight on the craft, using three traits from Randall Satchell’s “Qualities of an Architect.”

  1. Ready to Listen

“Listening is an endangered art form…The architect must know how to listen and facilitate productive, engaging discussions leading to successful products.”

One of the main roles of a commercial architect is to see their client’s vision through to fruition. While it is their responsibility to ultimately bring the building to life, it’s key that they understand what the client wants, which can be attained through active, attentive listening.

Attentively listening will bring to light what the client likes, and more importantly, as Moore states, doesn’t like. But a reliable architect doesn’t just listen to their client; they apply logic and reasoning as well to help bring an idea to life.


  1. Logical Reasoning

“Reasoning, pattern recognition, and deduction should be both a strength and a natural pleasure [for architects].”

Denver commercial architects understand that there are a myriad of logistics that need to be sorted before a project may begin. Moore uses the example of a restaurant when he explains that an important role of an architect is to understand the functionality of the space.

With his previous experience working in a kitchen, Moore shares that there is a specific order to how restaurants are designed. For instance, he notes that a reputable architect understands that there need to be separate doors for serving and clearing plates (because the last thing a customer wants is to see their food coming out of the same door as a stack of dirty plates).

Besides the functionality of a space, commercial architects have a responsibility to abide by state and local codes and regulations. Making sure permits have been obtained and necessary paperwork has been submitted will help make your dream a reality.      

  1. Imagination

“Imagination is crucial to problem solving, which often requires creative approaches to more efficiently arrive at successful results.” 

Of course, an architect is not an architect without the ability to create what does not exist. Skilled Denver commercial architects understand the “sticks and stones” concept, as Moore describes it.

Architectural design is a puzzle that requires out-of-the-box thinking to achieve a client’s wishes, but this imagination is dictated by priorities and logistics. “How can we achieve the best with the least amount of effort and cost?” Moore asks. A qualified architect will take all of the known factors under consideration to create a space that fulfills the requirements, but also stands out from the mold of its predecessors. Which is why architecture is not just a science, but an art form as well.

No matter what commercial space you’re looking to create, RMG has a staff of highly experienced architects and engineers to get the job done at every stage of the process. Contacts us today to learn how RMG can help make your idea a reality!