RA, Principal, Director of Construction
Chris is a licensed Architect, General Contractor, and co-founding Principal of Zocalo Community Development, Inc. As Director of Construction, Chris manages the design and construction of urban, LEED certified mixed-use projects for Zocalo, serving as General Contractor or Construction Manager, depending on project requirements. This architect-led, design-build approach maximizes value, streamlines decisions, and is fundamental to the delivery of high quality sustainable projects.
Recent projects include Cadence Apartments, 219 units in the Central Platte Valley Apartments (LEED Gold registered); Solera Apartments, a 120 unit LEED Gold building completed in 2010; Riverclay Condominiums, a 62 unit mixed-use project and the first condominium building in the Rocky Mountain region to be certified LEED Silver; Zocalo Condominiums, a 42 unit mixed use project; and 2020 Lawrence, a 231 unit LEED Gold apartment building.
Chris received a Psychology degree from the University of Vermont and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado. He has served as Chair of the Colorado Urban Land Institute (ULI), member on the ULI Colorado Executive Committee, and is Co-Founder of the ULI Sustainable Communities Committee. He has served as Vice Chair of ULI Colorado, on the Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver Sustainable Building Task Force, and the Denver Mayor’s Development Advisory Committee.
Committed to sharing green-building knowledge, Chris has been an instructor for the ULI Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI Program), and a mentor for the ULI Partnership Forum program. He is a frequent presenter at conferences including the Urban Land Institute Speaker Events Series, The Colorado Urban Green Conference, The Multi-Family World Conference, and The National Association of Homebuilders. He has served as a guest instructor at regional universities including the University of Colorado, the University of Denver, Colorado State University, and Naropa University of Boulder.
Awards and commendations received included: Denver Business Journal 2012 Powerbook Award - Residential Developer of the Year; Apartment Association of Denver 2011 Tribute Award - Best Use of Technology at Solera Apartments; University of Denver Burns School of Real Estate – 2010 Project of the Year Award for Solera Apartments; Environmental Defense Fund – Top Real Estate Innovation of 2009 for the Riverclay Solar Mortgage Program ; University of Denver Burns School of Real Estate – 2008 Project of the year Award for Riverclay Condominiums; Denver Micro Business Development Corp - 2007 Business Leader of the Year; University of Colorado Research Competition – 1st place for the design of An Affordable Alternative Materials House; and the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute Steve Dach Memorial Award – Honorable Mention for the Design of An Affordable Masonry home.