Best Youth Film Award for 
”Melting Away!”

Liam Walton, 19, of Boulder, won the Best Youth Film Award at the 12th Annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival in Golden February 22-24, 2018. His documentary, “Melting Away,” explores the effects of climate change on the recreational snow industry.

The 16-minute film features interviews with climate scientists and ski industry representatives, including NCAR’s Nobel Prize-winning climatologist Kevin Trenberth, INSTAAR Colorado climatologist Jim White, Spyder Skiwear founder David Jacobs, CBS TV meteorologist Ed Greene and photographer James Balog, Extreme Ice Survey founder. They offer their expertise and observations on how winters have changed with wide temperature ranges, shorter ski seasons with narrower windows of snowfall (vs. rain) and what this means to Colorado’s $12 billion ski industry.

His first film-making effort, Walton directed, filmed and edited “Melting Away” as his senior project for New Vista High School in May 2017. 

Sopher Sparn Architects’ 
Washington Village Wins 
Award for “Best Built Project: Community Building”

Sopher Sparn Architects is pleased to be the recipient of the Congress of New Urbanism (“CNU”) Colorado Charter Award for “Best Built Project: Community Building.” The award recognizes Washington Village, a mixed-use, co-housing community that the firm designed located at 1215 Cedar Avenue in Boulder. A jury comprised of designers, architects, planners, and engineers from CNU Colorado reviewed numerous entries and awarded six projects representing the best in new urbanism. An awards

ceremony will be held April 13, 2018. Washington Village incorporates the adaptive reuse of a historic school building at the center of a prominent site in North Boulder. The project consists of seven multi-family buildings and six single-family structures, totaling 36 units with ten permanently affordable units on site.

Designed according to LEED-ND criteria, Washington Village utilizes rooftop solar and ground source heating systems and represents a national model for environmentally responsible, sustainable neighborhood development. The project, described by the judges as “an impressive rehabilitation and infill project” involved an extensive community review process and successfully integrated a wide range of input from community leaders, neighbors and city officials. The Broadway Building, the final and most complex building of the project, has 12 units, four of them being permanently affordable, and many co-housing features including a community kitchen, common area living room, and workout space.

Principals Adrian Sopher and Stephen Sparn commented, “We are honored to receive this special award from the CNU Colorado, a prestigious organization dedicated to creating vibrant and walkable cities.”

BETC Announces Two Major 
Playwriting Initiatives

Boulder Ensemble Theater (BETC) is delighted to 
announce that its Generations new play development program will expand in 2018 to host two playwright residencies. BETC has commissioned a play by Colorado playwright Idris Goodwin, and will also welcome this year’s competition winner, Jennifer Barclay, to work on her play Danny.

Generations feature the work of parent 
playwrights with children under 18. The name comes from BETC’s goals for the program: to welcome all generations into the theater to see new plays, and to empower playwrights to gene ate new work. Producing Artistic Director Stephen Weitz said, “Our Generations program has a unique focus and demonstrates our commitment to foster new play development here in the Colorado community that will have a wide-ranging impact across the country and the theatre industry.”

Jennifer Barclay’s new play Danny, 
a drama about two generations of 
African-American women set in the Cabrini Green neighborhood of Chicago, was selected 
from over 250 submissions as part of the annual Generations contest. Supported by the Sustainable Arts Foundation, this unique program is designed to aid playwrights during a phase of life that can inhibit creative output.  As the winner of BETC’s annual Generations competition, Barclay will receive a weeklong residency in Boulder to develop her play Danny with a professional cast, director, and dramaturg. This residency will culminate in a public reading in August.

“I am thrilled that BETC offers an award and development opportunity that is specifically for parents of young children, providing childcare support so that I can write and workshop my new play,” Barclay said. “I am grateful for the commitment that BETC has made to new plays, as well as their commitment to easing the burden of the playwright parent’s work/life juggling act.”

Lindsay Beukhof – 
HMH’s Newest 
Registered Architect!!

Project Manager Lindsay Beukhof is the latest member of the HMH team to earn her Architecture License. Lindsay has more than seven years of professional design experience including schematics, 
design development, construction documentation, site development, and project management.

The licensing process for architecture is very long and difficult, with seven examinations which each require weeks or months of study and thousands of hours of experience which must be logged. The exams cover training in categories such as Programming, Planning & Practice, Site Planning & Design, Building Design & Construction Systems, Schematic Design, Structural Systems, Building Systems, and Construction Documents & Services.

The Architect Registration Exam evaluates candidate’s knowledge and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture. Lindsay earned her Bachelor of Environmental Design in 2009 and Master of Architecture in 2012 from North Dakota State University. Congratulations Lindsay on this amazing achievement! We are honored to have you as part of our HMH team!