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Happy St. Patricks Day – The Irish Miners Of Leadville

In 2019 Barnabas Kane of Consilium Design submitted the winning entry for the design competition sponsored by ‘Irish Network Colorado’ INCO.  The Mission was to honor the nearly 1500 unmarked graves of the, mostly, Irish immigrants scattered through the woods of the Pauper section of Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville, CO. The Design vision is a mound with spiral walkways leading up to 8 glass panels with the names of the honored, encircling a  flagstone plaza and plinth with a bronze sculpted centerpiece of a kneeling miner.

We’re excited to see the Irish Miners of Leadville getting highlighted in this St. Patrick’s Day segment from the Fox 31 News team. Click Here to read the original article.

DENVER (KWGN) – As you raise a toast on this Saint Patrick’s Day, we suggest you salute the Irish Miners Of Leadville. 150 years ago, at the height of the gold and silver rush, it was Irish immigrants who answered the call. Thousands made the trek to Leadville, Colorado. When they arrived to work the mines, they found low pay and harsh conditions. The mines could reach temperatures of 100 degrees below, and -20 degrees at the surface. Many of our Irish pioneers didn’t make it. And nearly 1,500 were buried in unmarked graves, too poor to afford a burial. Average age of a person in the paupers grave: just 23-years-old. But now, there’s an effort to honor the lost, remember their efforts, and celebrate their contributions. The Irish Miners Memorial set to open this fall.

The Consilium Design Difference

Consilium Design is small by design.

We are a small firm that does big things and get big results. Our practice structure is designed for performance with the skills and resources of a world-class firm. We strive to be better, not bigger, with high standards, unmatched integrity, and a drive to deliver the best.

We provide direct principal and senior staff involvement at every step in the design and implementation process.

Our design teams are involved from acquisition through the built work, providing design continuity, solid institutional project knowledge, and superior execution of the vision for your project.

The Met at Blvd 1

Awards and Recognition

It’s one thing to say your way of doing things is better than others. It’s quite another when highly respected 3rd party sources say it for you.

  • 2021 National Homebuilders Best in American Living Gold, The Met at Boulevard One
  • 2020 Best in American Home Living (BALA) Multifamily Development up to 3 stories, Built for Sale, The Met at Boulevard One
  • 2018 USGBC Local Leader Award for Outdoor Environments – Stanley Marketplace, Aurora, Colorado
  • 2017 Best in American Home Living (BALA) Gold Award Single-Family Community, 100 units and over for Leyden Rock in Arvada, Colorado
  • HBA of Denver 2016 MAME Community of the Year for Leyden Rock in Arvada, Colorado

Our Design Philosophy is Doing Simple Well

  • We create simple, executable designs that maximize value and your return on investment.
  • Our design solutions get you yes votes for your entitlement.
  • Our design solutions perform well and “age well” so you build your reputation and open future possibilities.
  • We have the experience, recognition, and reputation so people will trust your choice in working with us.

Leyden Rock

We listen well.

We are committed to strong communications and project management. We build redundancy in our internal communications and project management so more than one person can address an issue at any time.

We do our homework.

We are experienced and skilled at thoroughly researching all applicable plans codes and regulations for each jurisdiction, so we know the rules as well as or better than the staff and stakeholders we work with.

Stanley Marketplace

Design Innovation: Transit-Oriented Design on the E Line

Consilium Design Is actively involved with three new TOD apartment communities along the RTD E line at the RidgeGate Parkway Station, SkyRidge Station, and Lincoln Station in Lone Tree, Colorado.


Included in the five-story structure are adjacent to the Lincoln Station rail platform. Two large interior courts offer
diverse amenities for cooking, dining, and intimate gathering spaces as well as a climbing wall, resort style pool and
spa, and a 6000 square foot roof-top off-leash dog park.


Includes 228 apartments in a 7-story structure. Amenities include a first-floor lobby with residents’ services, coffee
shop, meeting space and an outdoor plaza across the street from the rail platform. There are two roof top amenity
spaces including a third level courtyard with pool and spa, outdoor cooking, and dining, along with several private
patio areas for individual units. Both the third floor and seventh floor amenity decks offer spectacular views to the
Front Range. A residents only off-leash dog park is a feature amenity for the community.


Features a very diverse amenity program dispersed throughout the 540-apartment community, including a pool and
spa, clubhouse and fitness facility, coffee shop and other neighborhood retail, rooftop deck, and covered parking
for every resident. A dog friendly streetscape design is a feature of the community where it is expected that as many
as half or more of the residents will have a dog.

Design Innovation: Energy Production

Consilium Design continues to work with our clients, their engineering consultants and City staff to develop sustainable, resilient design solutions for several energy production facilities in the path of future urban development in Aurora, Colorado.

Landform, xeric landscape buffers and design enhancements for facility structures are all being used to mitigate the visual and operational impacts of these facilities on future surrounding urban development.

Consilium Project Sites

Design enhancements for facility structures:

Rendered Design Solution

Let us know how we can help you develop creative design solutions for your energy production sites within jurisdictions you are active in.

A Note from Our Principal, Craig Karn

A Note from our Principal, Craig Karn: My appointment to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Land Development Committee. 

I have been serving on the Land Development Committee’s Land Use Policy Sub-Committee since 2014, and I am honored to receive this new appointment and to continue my service to the NAHB and our industry.

Our Spring committee meeting is in June, and some of the topics we’ll be discussing include:

  • Opportunity Zone Regulations
  • Creating ‘Home for All’ Outreach
  • Diversifying Housing Options with Smaller Lots and Smaller Homes Report

If any of my colleagues have land development issues and think it would be beneficial to have input from your industry peers around the country, please share it with me and I can bring it up for discussion at the committee meeting next week.

Thank you,



The team at Consilium Design want to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to the Stanley Marketplace for this awesome award!

We really enjoy working with White Construction and Stanley Marketplace on this amazing project! Thanks to both of you and kudos again!

Reposting from WhiteCG:

The highly popular Stanley Marketplace was honored during the 2017 Aurora Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner and Silent Auction and received the Business of the Year award. Congrats to Mark Shaker, Partner & Visionary, Stanley JV on this honor!

White Construction Group began work on the Stanley Marketplace as the CM/GC contractor in 2014. Among completing the core and shell, WCG has recently completed tenant finishes for the Stanley Beer Hall, Comida Cantina and OPENAir Academy and is currently working on 13 more tenant finishes.

Learn more here!

Amberley Heights at Vallagio, Home Run!

Congratulations to Peter Kudla and Metropolitan Residential Advisors for hitting one out of the park! If you missed page one of the latest Colorado Real Estate Journal, Amberley Heights at Vallagio just sold for a record price of $402,000 per unit and $267 a square foot. Consilium Design is proud to be a member of the Amberley Heights design team and our long-standing relationship with Metropolitan. It is rewarding to work with a client like Peter that places design in the forefront of every new neighborhood and community he does.

Vallagio at Inverness is nearing build-out with the soon to be completed Malbec apartment neighborhood immediately to the west of Amberley Heights. We encourage you to ride light rail to the Dry Creek Station and walk across the pedestrian bridge that leads you right to Main Street, Vallagio. Have dinner, a drink and stroll around and experience the best of “Midtown” living.

Consilium Design Awarded the Best in American Living (BALA) Gold Award

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently honored Consilium Design for their design of Leyden Rock in Arvada, CO with the 2017 Best in American Living Gold Award. The award was for the Best Single Family Community of the Year over 100 units. The annual awards program, held during the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fl. honors excellence and innovation in community design. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the awards program.

“Leyden Rock has become the fastest selling single family home community in Colorado and the 9th fastest in the nation,” said Craig Karn, president of Consilium Design in Centennial, CO. “We integrated over 600 acres of open space (60%) into the site, along with 19 miles of soft and hard trails for community access, exercise and recreation. Consilium Design utilized low impact site design resulting in twice the density of a conventional development while preserving 3 times as much open space. We would like to thank our client, RRCEA for giving us the opportunity to provide design leadership on this outstanding community” said Karn.

Located in Arvada, CO a short distance from downtown Denver, the community has 1,439 homes spanning 1,033 acres with 10 homebuilders and over 156 different elevations. The development has far surpassed expectations and illustrates how creative land planning through the use of sight grading, preserving site lines, and integration of open space can drive record setting project results.

Consilium Design is a Centennial, CO based landscape architecture, land planning and urban design firm focused on delivering Uncommon Respect for our clients, consultants and all stakeholders.

Superior Landscape Architecture & Community Design Rewarded with Our Version of the Oscar

For Immediate Release

October 10, 2016

Blake Williams


Superior Landscape Architecture & Community Design Rewarded with Our Version of the Oscar

HBA of Denver has awarded Consilium Design and RRCEA with the 2016 MAME Award for Community of the Year for Leyden Rock. Woop, woop!

Leyden Rock is a 1,033 acre, 1,439 home master planned community located in the foothills of Arvada, Colorado. The community features over 600 acres or 60% of the land dedicated to parks and open space. Modern amenities include 3 neighborhood parks, a community center with pool, sport courts, play areas and over 19 miles of trails.

Consilium Design utilized low impact design resulting in twice the density of a traditional development while preserving 3 times as much open space.

Leyden Rock consists of 10 homebuilders, 52 models and 156 different elevations. Progressive landscape architecture, coupled with open space integration resulted in this community being the fastest selling single family community in Colorado and the 9th fastest in the nation.

Consilium Design is a Centennial, CO based landscape architecture and land planning firm delivering Uncommon Respect for clients, consultants and stakeholders.

RRCEA LLC, Consilium Design Win Landscape Silver Award at The Nationals

Media Contact: Kristie McDowell-Karn




RRCEA LLC, Consilium Design Win Landscape Silver Award at The Nationals

RRCEA, LLC  and Consilium Design’s vision for a sustainable development at Leyden Rock in Arvada, Colorado have earned the team a Silver Award for Best Landscape in a Master Planned Community at The Nationals.

The Nationals Awards salute the best and brightest in the American building industry. The Silver Award is presented to the top five landscape designs among a highly competitive national field.

Chris Elliott, President of RRCEA, LLC, shares, “Leyden Rock is one of the fastest selling communities I’ve ever participated in. It was a privilege to work with Consilium Design to realize our joint vision for a vibrant community where people and nature thrive together.”

The Leyden Rock Community received the Silver Award for their focus on sustainability and preservation to foster a genuine sense of community at Leyden Rock. Highlights of the Leyden Rock landscape design include:

  • Consolidating open space, preserving native landscapes and wildlife habitat while simplifying maintenance.
  • Maintaining country appeal and view corridor along the major road by preserving the native landscape and existing landforms.
  • Using drought and cold tolerant native and naturalizing plant materials in open space and parks.
  • Preserving ridgelines along the top of slopes by locating and grading home sites to avoid excess fill on existing vegetation.
  • Including jack fencing, a historic Colorado style, to maximize the rustic appearance of the land and soften the line between public and private space.
  • Implementing temporary irrigation to improve germination and reestablishment of native grasses.
  • Erecting monument towers, inspired by the Monjeau Lookout in New Mexico, to complement the grand sweep of the land throughout.
  • Introducing metal, stone, and timber beams throughout to reinforce the distinctive character of the community.

Craig Karn, President of Consilium Design, notes, “The Nationals Award is an honor, and it’s gratifying to have contributed to the exceptional success story of Leyden Rock, which has become one of the fastest growing master planned communities in the United States.”