After 20 years in LoDo, an architecture firm is saying goodbye and moving to Five Points.
Brian Berryhill and Adam Harding, managing partners of Roth Sheppard Architects, purchased a 10,000-square-foot office building at 700 E. 24th Ave. this month to serve as the new headquarters for the firm.
The pair purchased the property for $3.15 million, or $315 a square foot, from an entity affiliated with late Five Points developer Carl Bourgeois. He bought it for $250,000 in 2001, records show. Paul Cattin, Adam Hubschman, and Solomon Stark of NAI Shames Makovsky represented the seller.
The building was constructed in 1958 and became a hub for nonprofit organizations and community members after redevelopment in the 1980s, routinely hosting jazz concerts and events, according to Roth Sheppard.
Roth Sheppard’s lease on its current office at 1900 Wazee St. in the Wazee Exchange building expires at the end of July. The company has been paying $32 a square foot annually for its 4,533 square feet. It has been at the location for 10 years, and was elsewhere in LoDo for at least a decade before that.
Berryhill said the firm decided to move because the partners wanted something new.
“It’s our 40-year anniversary this summer of being in business,” Berryhill said. “So, we thought to shake things up and move on to greener pastures. We were looking to potentially renegotiate the lease here, but that didn’t work out with our current landlord.”
Roth Sheppard Architects was founded in 1983; Harding and Berryhill have served as managing partners since 2016. The company’s work includes the museum shop at the Denver Art Museum, a police station in Firestone and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations office in Grand Junction.
Tina Thorpe, marketing director for the firm, said Roth Sheppard expects to hire four more employees by the end of the year, which will give it a staff of 27.
The firm plans to move into its new headquarters in early 2024 after the interior is redesigned. Work began this month.
Harding said the office would have a hands-on workshop for testing ideas, private workspaces, a full kitchen and outdoor patio space, and a space for community members.
“We want to be a global leader in architecture and push design in our city, state, region and around the world,” Harding said. “We know this starts in our backyard and we want to be neighborhood architects … We want our projects to invoke emotion and feelings.”