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BASALT Harry Teague Architects has received the Colorado American Institute of Architects highest award for design in architecture for its live-work project in Basalt. One of only two honor awards given this year in the state competition, the green project combines contemporary, residential lofts above with professional office space below, including Teagues office. Theres a beauty to the eclecticism of how the buildings facades were all related to each other but different as you moved around the building, the head juror said about the project. Acting as a barrier between the quiet Roaring Fork River riparian zone and Highway 82, the building features 10 solar panels for radiant heat along with a 10 kwh photovoltaic array that produces double the buildings commercial electricity consumption.Harry Teague Architects also received design awards earlier this year from the Colorado West and Denver divisions of the American Institute of Architects for a house in Crested Butte built for former Skico executive John Norton, as well as a large mixed-use collaborative project in downtown Denver known as TAXI.

ASPEN Meritage Development Group in Aspen has made three new additions to its team: Cassie Coppersmith, assistant director of finance; Ryan Martin, project manger and Erin Hillman, controller. Coopersmith began her financial career in New York City at Gridley & Co. In 2006, she moved to Denver and joined LaSalle (later acquired by Bank of America) where she specialized in real estate capital markets groups with CoBiz Financial. At Meritage she will be performing analysis, and securing debt and equity financing for various projects. Since 1998, when Martin began his career, he obtained his professional engineering license. His experience in land planning and design drew him to project development. He went to work for a residential developer in Denver and within four years he was promoted to director of development. In 2008, Martin had the opportunity to join Meritage Development Group as a project manager and owners representative for the Stratton Flats project in Gypsum, Colo. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the project from final plat to completion.A Colorado native and local to the Roaring Fork Valley, Hillman established her eight-year career in accounting with Aspen Moving and Storage. She gained knowledge and experience in management and human resources when she went to work for Four Seasons Landscaping and Property Maintenance. Her most recent position at Best Year Yet, an international licensing firm, was staff accountant where she specialized in cash management, analysis and general financial management. As controller, her responsibilities include all aspects of accounting from cash management to financial reporting.Scott Russell founded Russell Solutions, Inc. in 1996 which became Meritage Development Group in 2005, and focuses on residential and commercial development in Colorado and California. They have 14 full-time employees contributing to eight current development projects throughout Colorado.

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