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Judges chosen for design competition

Sarah S. Chung

A mostly local pool of expertise has been tapped to judge affordable housing designs for the Aspen Mass property, but a Denver professor and a Boulder planner will join panel of judges.

Yesterday, the Housing Board picked nine judges and three alternates for the panel, which will select the winner of the nationally advertised Aspen Mass design competition.

Aspen Mass is a parcel owned by Aspen and Pitkin County at the intersection of Brush Creek Road and Highway 82. Housing officials believe 120 to 150 units of employee housing could be built there.

Intended to represent both the public and private sectors, the panel of judges includes elected officials, architects, planners, private developers and a local town manager.

The judges are: Housing Board member Tim Semrau; Aspen City Councilman Tom McCabe; Aspen Planning and Zoning Commissioner Roger Haneman, Snowmass Village Mayor T. Michael Manchester; Howard Hardy, president of the Brush Creek Homeowners Association; University of Colorado professor Dr. Allan Wallis; Aspen architect Suzannah Reid; Boulder planner William Fleissig; and Robert Daniel, Hines Development vice president.

Selected as alternates are Savanah representative John Sarpa, Aspen Skiing Co. Vice President Bill Kane and Basalt Town Manager Tom Baker.

The two nonlocal judges were chosen primarily to add another perspective and more diversity to the discussion, Housing Board members said.

Wallis is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at UC in Denver. His fields of expertise are architecture, growth management and urban planning.

Fleissig co-founded the development company Continuum Partners, based in Boulder. Prior to striking out on his own, he was the director of planning and development for the city of Boulder.

There were 90 requests for the design competition application. The judges will narrow the field to five finalists by June 27. Their designs will be exhibited publicly on Sept. 6 and 7, with final judging on Sept. 8. The winner will be announced on Sept. 11.


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