BY DENNIS TONSOR
For developers and owners, among the myriad of decisions to be made during the course of a project is whether or not the design team needs to be local to the project site. And just like many other choices, this one is not always clear cut. There are several considerations which may impact this decision – from the availability of local expertise to the context of the local political environment.
Our River Run Ranch project is a great example of all the challenges and rewards that come along with working on a long distance project. River Run Ranch is being developed by Sun Communities as a new, 367-acre destination RV resort in Granby, Colorado. It is an extreme example of a long distance team, with the project site located about 100 miles from Denver, the client (Sun Communities) and program manager (Atwell) located in Southfield, Michigan, RVi planning services provided out of Austin, Texas, and RVi landscape architecture services provided out of Tempe, Arizona. Civil and environmental services are also being provided by Atwell out of their Lakewood, Colorado office. The only local consultant on the team is the architect (Munn Architecture).
After a year-long design and entitlement effort, the Final Development Plan for River Run Ranch won unanimous approval from the Granby Board of Trustees this month. As our team celebrated this milestone, we decided to reflect on the process and what made it so successful. We believe the following three ingredients are key for any long-distance project.