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Vail Valley Bizwatch: Pierce Architects

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Special to the DailyThe crew at Pierce Architects is, back row, from left: Nick Seglie, Kathy Heslinga, Bill Pierce, Jen McKelvie and Tyson Dearduff. In the front row, from left, are Sara Ross, Jennifer Mencl and Emmy Hoyt.
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Business name: Pierce Architects.

Location: Vail.

Date opened: 1978.



Owner: Bill Pierce.

Contact info:



Phone: 970-476-6342.

On the Web: http://www.vailarchitects.com.

What goods or services do you provide? Pierce Architects is a full service architectural and interior design firm providing planning, entitlement, architecture and interior design services for individuals, developers and public entities in Eagle County and on the Western Slope of Colorado. Pierce Architects is responsible for the design of much of Vail’s growth over the past 30 years and, today, its redevelopment.



The firm’s team of talented designers is dedicated to Vail and to the Vail Valley’s architectural heritage. As part of our continuing commitment to the environment, Pierce Architects also has two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professionals on staff.

What’s new or exciting at your place? Our firm is excited to announce that it has recently changed its name to Pierce Architects. We will be providing the same products and professional services on which we have built our reputation in the industry. In addition, we are pleased to announce that Tyson Dearduff has been appointed as a partner in the firm as of July 1. Tyson is a graduate of the University of Colorado’s Architecture program and joined the firm four years ago as Director of Architecture. Prior to joining the firm Tyson worked for more than 20 years at the Winter Park Resort as a planner and designer.

What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? We use the latest technology to provide the best design documentation. Designers use AutoCAD 2009 and Revit Architecture 2009. Revit is AutoDesk’s 3-D Building Information Modeling program that allows us to boost design quality, finish projects faster, and dramatically exceed client expectations through improved design intent communication.

Having practiced in the Vail area for 32 years, we know the special design and functional requirements of mountain construction, including innovative approaches to projects on steep slopes. We have established long-lasting relationships with the town of Vail and have a professional understanding of its complex approval processes. We have also secured entitlements throughout the country including unincorporated Eagle County, Beaver Creek, Cordillera, Wildridge and Arrowhead.

We are widely known for our expertise with complex condominium projects that involve many owners and require a broad consensus. Over the years we have worked with numerous associations to help guide the building improvement process.

What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? We are committed to achieving client satisfaction in concert with providing an innovative design approach to every project. We respond to the stated desires of our clients, which often means utilizing a variety of architectural styles. We approach each project with a fresh perspective and a commitment to the client’s needs. We believe that good design evolves from good communication and should be incorporated in every element of the project, from site planning to interior design.

Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: Bill Pierce moved Vail in 1973 after graduating from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Architecture. After working as a design architect for two local firms and four years as the building/planning official for the town of Vail, he started his own firm in 1978.

Bill’s career in Vail has included the design and administration of many of Vail’s landmarks including the Rucksack, Landmark, Ramshorn Condominiums, Vail Gymnastics Center, exterior renovations of Village Center, Lifthouse and 9 Vail Road and numerous luxury residences. Pierce Architects has a strong commitment to the community and Bill has held several community service positions, including chairman of the town of Vail’s Design Review Board. Bill currently serves on the town of Vail’s Planning and Environmental Commission.

What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? On two separate occasions, an unnamed staff member filled the dishwasher with dish soap instead of dishwashing liquid. This person did not realize their mistake until the bubbles had overtaken our office kitchen. At one point we were up to our armpits in bubbles! For the next two years, that individual was only permitted to use appliances under supervision. Needless to say, we all had a good laugh – twice!


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