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Building Blocks Tour - Fruitdale School Lofts
Fruitdale School Lofts
10801 W. 44th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Thursday, June 29, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM MDT
Category: Education

The popular Building Blocks Tour series returns for 2017 with an intimate look at a new project in Wheat Ridge with tremendous community impact. The city's first adaptive re-use project, The Fruitdale School Lofts resurrects a century-old school designed by the famed Temple Buell, converting it into mixed-income housing. The property features an extensive solar farm and fruit orchard while preserving many design elements from the original building. Learn how the project was conceived and executed directly from the developer, architect and general contractor.



10801 W. 44th Ave.,
Wheat Ridge, CO



 Susan Ely grew up in Australia and moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1993. She received her architectural degree in 1987 from the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Her Australian work includes projects such as laboratories for The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, restaurants and residential developments. 

Susan is HEI's Business Manager and is in charge of all administrative efforts of the company, including energy production monitoring and billing for HEI's solar power developments. 

Outside of HEI, Ms. Ely's passions include equestrian competitions, skiing, bike riding and world travel.



 Jim Hartman was born in Vermont and received his architectural degree from the University of Virginia in 1980. He relocated to Boulder in 1980 and worked as the Historic Projects Director and a Project Manager at the internationally acclaimed architectural firm of Fentress Bradburn Architects.

After 16 years with Fentress Bradburn, Mr. Hartman joined the National Properties Group Corporation as their Vice President of Design and Construction. Jim also started another affiliated company, National Architecture and Design, Inc. His most notable work at National Properties was the planning and implementation of several projects in the Lowry Town Center District, a redevelopment of approximately 50 acres in the heart of the decommissioned Lowry Air Force Base in Denver.

After 4 years at National Properties, Mr. Hartman started Hartman Ely Investments (HEI) in 2000 with Susan Ely, an architect from Australia. HEI has continued the award-winning tradition of successful urban development that has been a trademark of Jim’s work since 1980. 



  • Members - $35.00 (increases by $25.00 after June 27)
  • Non-members - $55.00 (increases by $25.00 after June 27)
  • Student - $15 (increases by $25.00 after June 27)
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Registration Information

Regular registration ends at noon on Tuesday June 27, 2017. There is a $25 late fee for registering after Tuesday.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be in writing and emailed to [email protected] Registration fees will be fully refunded if written cancellation is received no later than noon the Friday prior to the event. Refunds will not be processed the week of the event.

Contact: SMPS Colorado: 303-991-1968