We are thrilled and deeply honored to have been named a Small Business Award Winner as part of the Denver Business Journal’s (DBJ) Small Business Awards Program!

Each year the DBJ honors excellence and resilience among small businesses and highlights their contributions to metro Denver. To be nominated, businesses must be for-profit, employ fewer than 100 people, and be locally owned. Nominees were scored based on historical achievements, contributions to the industry and local economy, and community impact.

Livable Cities Studio was among eight award winners and 18 finalists. You can read an excerpt from our DBJ feature article below!

Company’s elevator pitch: Livable Cities Studio is an urban design, planning and landscape architecture studio committed to building cities for lived experiences that celebrate social connection and inclusivity. From project conception to construction for parks, plaza, public infrastructure, streetscapes and other designed spaces, Livable Cities Studio discovers innovative ways communities can interact with their natural environment while addressing equity.

Recent major accomplishment: One of our biggest accomplishments in the past year was winning and starting the design for Sun Valley Riverfront Park. This park is along the South Platte River and adjacent to Denver Housing Authority’s Sun Valley neighborhood, which is currently undergoing a transformation from a community of concentrated poverty to a mixed-income community with new parks and housing and services. Meredith Wenskoski started working with the community in 2011 to plan and envision the future, and Livable Cities has continued work in the neighborhood since 2016, when Livable Cities was founded.

Big goal: By keeping social connection and climate resiliency at the forefront of public space decisions, Livable Cities will continue to seek out projects that not only address environmental concerns by blending green infrastructure with recreational spaces, but also find solutions to improve the lives of people by creating more mixed-income communities with affordable housing and services that provide access to the natural environment in order to improve social and health equity across cities. Livable Cities is also expanding its digital innovation services, continuing to find technological solutions that explore how to communicate ideas and design concepts in an interactive digital format — whether that be building interactive websites to share conceptual designs to the public, or utilizing virtual reality technology during the design review process.

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