Bill Poss, at Poss Architecture & Planning in Aspen, said he, too, has seen a boost in project interest, though not all of it has yet translated into actual work. “There has been quite a flurry of activity with people interviewing for architectural services — quite a bit more than in the last couple of years,” he said. “I think there’s an uptick. Most of the firms I talk with have work in the hopper.” “We’ve seen a little bit of increased activity,” agreed Jennifer Olson, controller at Rowland+Broughton Architecture and Urban Design in Aspen. “In the last six months it seems like we’re getting straight cold calls.”
ASPEN REAL ESTATE — Construction activity in Aspen is on the upswing, though it continues to lag well behind the frenetic, pre-recession pace that peaked in 2007. Hard hats, cranes and pickup trucks jammed with tools can be found in and around downtown Aspen these days, and there is more to come. The required informational signs posted in front of properties where development plans are headed for a city hearing have popped up throughout the core, thanks to a flurry of applications that came in advance of a clampdown on building heights. Overall permit activity in the city, through Aug. 6, is up slightly, compared with the same period a year ago, according to the latest report issued by the city’s Community Development Department. In all, 840 permits had been issued by that date this year — for commercial and residential construction and various mechanical projects — compared with 813 through the first week of August last year. The overall value of this year’s projects, though, is down a bit — $105.6 million this year compared with $120.4 million in 2011.By Wednesday, however, 199 residential permits worth $61.3 million had been logged by the city, according to a running tally the Community Development Department posts online at www.aspenpitkin.com. For all of 2011, the city recorded 289 residential permits, including remodeling projects and new construction, worth $50.3 million.
By Janet Urquhart, August, 31 2012 AT
See also, 08/31/12 ADN article, “Construction activity on track says bldg. official”
Planned Aspen Art Museum and new adjacent office building on 600 block of Hyman Street.