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Colorado's Emerald workshops work for every tenant

Georgina Johnston
30 Jan 2020

Independent Architecture’s Paul Andersen completes new campus for makers and doers

Phase one of Emerald Workshops, a new mixed use campus in Frederick, Colorado, is now complete. Designed by Paul Andersen of Independent Architecture, this development of 56 customizable units across eight buildings fosters a social commercial environment bridging the gap between an urban main street and spacious rural landscape. 

Responding to the changing landscape of retail, work and the city, Emerald Workshops is a new typology for an emerging community and its economy. Its light industrial/office zoning is affordable and highly flexible, making these units the ideal space for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses. The units’ 26ft high ceilings can accommodate industrial equipment or a mezzanine level. This allows units to adapt to a wide variety of purposes, a fact already reflected in the first cohort of tenants, recently moved in, including an architecture firm, mobility retailer, cross fit gym, apian textile artisans and a construction firm.

The campus is ideally located just 20 minutes from Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins, and in close proximity to the I-25, on Hwy-52. Just minutes away from the new Amazon fulfillment center along I-25, the property’s accessibility in this fast growing part of the United States makes it the ideal hub for emerging entrepreneurs, innovators and retailers.  

The campus is more than simply a light industrial space: this mixed use property has also been meticulously designed to encourage social interaction among tenants and visitors. Large scale windows and operable glass garage doors create an effect of transparency and light. Planters and lights transform the parking lot, which is an often underwhelming design element, into an outdoor coworking office. The exterior’s visually striking graphic pattern, created through bold contemporary shingling, also reflects the region’s traditional Western false front vernacular.

The buildings are a new take on Colorado’s historic architecture. They combine the false front commercial architecture of the Old West with industrial construction that has been common since the 1960s. We selected materials for their timelessness, durability, and clean details, in the buildings and the surrounding landscape. The effect of our design approach is to strike a balance between familiar and new architecture, to make a place that is deeply connected to our region and, in its own subtle way, unlike any other commercial project. 

P. Andersen, Architect  of Independent Architecture. 

The Denver and Boulder metro area is becoming increasingly unaffordable. With the Emerald Workshops, we were inspired to provide the fastest growing region of Colorado with unique and affordable space. We aim to cater to a wide spectrum of the community, from traditional workshops to digital entrepreneurs.

A. Ghadimi, partner at Emerald Management, the Boulder, Colorado based project developer.

Phase one of the build is now complete, and all units are currently occupied. Phase two is currently under construction, and full completion of the project is scheduled for May 2020.

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