Blazen Illuminations opens Earth Illuminated immersive experience in Denver
Blazen Illuminations, a Loveland-based experiential creative services company, opened its second immersive art experience, Earth Illuminated, on March 5 at Denver Pavilions on Denver’s 16th Street Mall.
According to a press release, “The natural world and digital media merge in this new attraction that features a series of interactive environments and large-scale art installations showcasing the planet’s beauty from air, land and sea.”
Earth Illuminated will be open to the public through 2021, the release said.
The 13,000-square-foot attraction is divided into a series of themed sets that feature larger-than-life butterflies and insects, giant gardens of grass and flowers and scenes from under the sea and outer space.
Last year, Blazen teamed up with Greeley’s Distortions Unlimited for the Distortions Monster World interactive experience, which also is open in the Pavilions.
Earth Illuminated is at 500 16th Street Mall, Suite 280, on the second floor above Distortions Monster World. Tickets cost $25 for ages 12 and up, and $18 for ages 6 to 11 and free for 5 and younger.
EnergyLogic acquires Green Building Hawaii
EnergyLogic Inc., a Berthoud-based company engaged in applied building sciences, has acquired Green Building Hawaii, which provides energy and sustainability consulting and inspections in Hawaii.
“We are excited to extend our presence to another market that recognizes and helps steer the evolution of the built environment to an ever more sustainable place. Green Building Hawaii is a great cultural and strategic fit for EnergyLogic,” Steve Byers, EnergyLogic’s CEO, said in a press release.
The deal brings together EnergyLogic’s scaled business systems and Green Building Hawaii’s additional expertise in commercial buildings, the companies said.
“We have long admired EnergyLogic’s national leadership and could not imagine a more organic fit to help elevate Green Building Hawaii’s goals and catapult its market position and growth,” said John Bendon, senior business development manager with Green Building Hawaii.
Green Building Hawaii will operate as a division of EnergyLogic.
Fort Collins’ The Waffle Lab will expand to Boulder
The Waffle Lab, a Fort Collins-based restaurant that specializes in Belgian-style Liege waffles, plans to expand to Boulder.
The expansion was announced on The Waffle Lab’s Facebook page, with the new site at 1155 13th St. on The Hill, a student-oriented neighborhood near the University of Colorado campus. A date for the opening was not available.
“University of Colorado Boulder we are coming for you,” the company announced on Facebook March 5. “We’ve signed the lease and begin construction next week.”
The Waffle Lab’s Fort Collins location is at 130 W. Olive St. in Old Town. The restaurant was founded in 2012.
Liege waffles are made with yeast-leavened dough and imported Belgian pearl sugar. The company’s website features everything from chicken waffles smothered with sausage-rosemary gravy to a variety of chocolate-covered waffles.
Two multifamily projects proposed for Fort Collins
Two new multifamily residential projects that could bring 200 units to the market are up for review in Fort Collins.
The larger of the two projects is a potential seven-building, 180-unit development on a 9-acre portion of the Timberline Church property at 2908 S. Timberline Road. The units would range from one to three bedrooms.
The buildings would be situated south and east of Timberline Church along an existing drive at the edge of the church parking lot. This drive would be extended to allow access to the property from South Timberline Road.
The land for the proposed development was deeded to the church by the city of Fort Collins in 2001, according to property records. Omaha-based Tetrad Property Group is developing the project. Denver-based Norris Design is listed as the planner.
Also proposed is a 20-unit multifamily project at 1039 W. Horsetooth Road that would be developed on the last remaining pad of the Poudre Valley Plaza PUD.
The development would consist of 16 one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units in one two-story building.
The only listed contractor for the project is the Fort Collins architecture firm alm2s.
Northern Engineering add seven employees
Civil engineering and land surveying firm Northern Engineering, which has offices in Fort Collins and Greeley, has added seven new employees.
“Even during the pandemic, we kept our commitments to our employees and our clients,” said Northern Engineering president and CEO Nick Haws.
The company established director-level positions overseeing Land Development, Municipal Services, Land Surveying and Employee Engagement. Five of the new hires are in the Land Development group, with two others in Municipal Services.
• Robbie Lauer, project manager. A graduate of Northwest Kansas College, Lauer has 20 years of experience in civil engineering.
• Austin Snow, civil engineer. A Colorado State University graduate in environmental engineering, Snow has experience in land development and public works.
• Christian Fierro, civil engineer. He served almost five years in the U.S. Army, attended technical engineer school and worked as a Civil3D drafter for a company in Fort Collins before joining Northern Engineering.
• Cody Pape, civil engineer. With a degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University, Pape has worked as a survey technician and design engineer in his six-year engineering career.
• Sterling Hallauer, civil engineer. A graduate of Colorado School of Mines with a degree in petroleum engineering, Hallauer has worked as a geotechnical engineering technician and as a quality assurance inspector.
• Leah Santiago, civil engineer. Santiago holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Syracuse University and a master’s in environmental/water engineering from the University of Colorado. Before joining Northern Engineering, she served as a process engineer for an engineering-construction company serving water/wastewater treatment facilities as well as for a treatment technology company and Boulder’s wastewater treatment facility.
• Michael Castillo, civil engineer. With a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado and working to complete a master’s in engineering from Colorado State University, Castillo has more than four years of experience in water conveyance, conventional water and wastewater treatment, membrane treatment systems and stormwater management systems.
Jessup Farm sues Reve, former owner for unpaid rent
Jessup Farm in Fort Collins has filed suit against a defunct fitness studio and its former owner over a sublease that went bad.
Jessup, the landlord, seeks $256,134 plus costs to compensate it for unpaid rent.
Jessup Farm is the artisan community off Timberline Road in Fort Collins. At one time, Reve Fitness, a boutique studio, was located there at 1981 Jessup Drive.
Reve was part of the Miramont group of fitness facilities that owner Clifford Buchholz sold in November 2017 to Genesis Health Clubs. Genesis and Club Reve were affiliated with the Wichita, Kansas, operation of GHC Reve Operator.
Club Reve, as described in a suit filed in late February, entered into a lease-termination agreement in August 2018 with Jessup Farm. Subsequently, Outdoors Inc., which did business as Peloton Cycles, signed a new lease. Club Reve and its parent company, GHC Reve Operator, in a deal guaranteed by Buchholz, agreed to pay any rent that Peloton failed to pay.
Peloton defaulted and ultimately filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy on July 15, 2019.
Jessup Farm contends that Reve and Buchholz are on the hook for unpaid rent through July 2020.
Innosphere to commercialize technologies at Oklahoma State University
Innosphere Ventures, the Fort Collins-based technology incubator, has expanded its University Partner Program to Oklahoma, striking a deal to foster technology transfer at Oklahoma State University.
The relationship will be similar to those established with research universities in Colorado, including Colorado State University, the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as universities in other states, including the University of Nebraska (NUTech Ventures) and the University of New Mexico (UNM Rainforest Innovations).
Innosphere will work with OSU’s Technology Development Center to connect inventors with business drivers, commercialize technologies, facilitate introductions to corporate partners, and help founders and CEOs achieve business milestones, according to a press release.
• CMCS of Fort Collins won a federal contract award for $135,061 from the U.S. Air Force at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina for alarm, signal and security detection systems.
• Wellington-based Peak Serum, a privately owned supplier of life science laboratory products, announced year-over-year growth of 64.5% and forecasts continued growth for 2021 under the temporary leadership of interim CEO Michael Dodge.
• G. Brent Coan, Brett Payton, Michael C. Payne and Andrew S. Klatskin, attorneys at Coan, Payton & Payne in Fort Collins, have been selected to the 2021 Colorado Super Lawyers List. R. Clay Bartlett was selected to the 2021 Colorado Rising Stars list.
• Two staff members of the Larimer Campus of Front Range Community College were among the 53 employees from the 13 colleges and central office of the Colorado Community College System who were honored in a virtual ceremony March 10. Janet Clark, administrative assistant to the deans of instruction who has 30 years of experience at the college, was named Classified Employee of the Year at the campus in Fort Collins. Laura Wally, a chemistry instructor with eight years’ service at the college, was named Adjunct Instructor of the Year.
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