Celebration Home again benefits Pikes Peak United Way

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This year’s Celebration Home features a crocodile-leather tile insert in the entry and a circular stairway with a brushed chrome horizontal railing.

This year’s Celebration Home features a crocodile-leather tile insert in the entry and a circular stairway with a brushed chrome horizontal railing.

The 2009 Celebration Home, 4305 Cavern Ridge Road, will be open from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 30 for a special cocktail buffet, wine tasting and tours to benefit Pikes Peak United Way.

Red Noland Auto Group, Vintage’s Wine & Spirits and Cravings Catering are event sponsors, donating valet service, beverages and a cocktail buffet.

The million-dollar-plus home was built in Cedar Heights by Nichols & Comito. It will also be featured as a part of the Housing and Building Association’s annual Parade of Homes tour beginning Aug. 7.

Celeste Marren Blakely, marketing director for the luxury builder, said the home’s features include a crocodile leather tile insert in the entry, a spectacular circular stairway with a brushed chrome-finished horizontal railing and a seven-foot blown glass chandelier — and that’s just the beginning.

The contemporary home sits high above the city with panoramic views and a long list of custom appointments.

Tickets are $75 per person. Those interested in previewing the home should contact Barbara Furr-Brodock at 955-0730 for reservations

GoG adds another player

First it was last year’s 80,000-square-foot Tech for Less lease of the Hotsy building.

Last December, Verizon announced its $6.4 million purchase of the former 108,000-square-foot Vitesse building.

That was followed by news that Affiliated Computer Services would sublease about 40,000 square feet of office space on the Verizon campus for its new call center.

In addition, a California-based investor put the 1.4 million-square-foot Intel building under contract, and the owners of Chik-Fil-A are spending $2 million on the former Hungry Farmer-Fire Rock site to make room for a new restaurant.

Now there’s one more announcement.

Fittje Brothers Printing has leased 22,400 square feet of industrial space at 804 Garden of the Gods Road — most recently occupied by the Arvada Hardwoods Co. showroom and warehouse.

The space was empty for three years.

Fittje will expand its operation and move from its southeast Colorado Springs location, where it has operated for the past 28 years.

Steve Bach and Mike Helwege represented Fittje. The landlord, KRA Investments, was represented by Lee Kilbourn of Centennial Services and Dick Rackley of Kent Properties.

Bach said Fittje Brothers owners selected the site after looking at 17 buildings and attributed the final choice to the building’s readiness for move-in, its proximity to sister company Mercury LDO, and its easy access to Interstate 25 and the company’s Front Range clients.

Bach, who has brokered several Garden of the Gods commercial deals, said he thinks the city is starting to see “a renaissance” along the busy corridor.

“It’s been fueled in part by expansion at UCCS and by all the new retail development along North Nevada Ave,” he said. “All of it is very positive, and if the Intel deal goes through, that’s a tremendous shot in the arm.”

Science renovation

From J.E. Dunn Construction Co. comes news that the company has been selected as the construction manager/general contractor for the $13.5 million, 70,000-square-foot Science Building renovation at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. AndersonMasonDale is the project’s architect.

Scheduled to begin during October, the job will include demolition of existing science labs and classrooms, followed by the construction of chemistry, geography and anthropology labs; classrooms; and a science learning center.

The project also will include replacement of HVAC and electrical services and minor exterior work, including window upgrades, masonry repairs and roof replacement.

The Science Building’s auditorium will receive new paint, flooring and seating upgrades. The work is scheduled for a June 2010 completion.

Mark Arnold, senior project manager for J.E. Dunn, said his team will be working toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification.

Prior to this latest award, the company completed a 9,100-square-foot interior finish upgrade for the Beth-El School of Nursing and a 5,400-square-foot TheatreWorks remodel.

Soldier counseling center

The Warrior Support Center has leased 2,675 square feet of office space at 1330 Quail Lake Loop and plans to open for business during August.

The center’s two partners, Brian Duncan and Janae Nelson, chose the property for its location and floor plan, said Ted Link of Cascade Commercial Real Estate.

Link and Brian Norton represented the tenant. The landlord, the Liccardi Family Limited Partnership LLC, was represented by Dick Liccardi and Rob Rolley of Keller Williams Commercial.

Becky Hurley covers real estate for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.