Dec 11, 2018

BOULDER — Pinkard Construction has completed construction of Frasier retirement community’s HillTop project, the complete overhaul and renovation of the fifth floor of the original building which opened in 1960. 

The new HillTop will be used for resident social gatherings and will provided additional lounge space for the nearly 400 Frasier residents.

The $2 million renovation transforms Frasier’s previous Sky Lounge into a new, well-appointed social area with a catering kitchen, fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling high-E electro-chromatic dimmable SageGlass windows.

Other features of the work include relocated and expanded restrooms, a new banquet/serving area, and considerably upgraded interior finishes including granite and rich hardwood trim.

Exterior modifications included a new canopy “eyebrow,” new stucco with added architectural columns and piers.

Throughout the project, as-built drawings from 1960 frequently proved challenging, resulting in many conditions that tested the owner’s budget and schedule, and the construction team’s creativity.

While the project finished within budget, a late-phase manpower push was necessary to finish on time for Thanksgiving.

A bequest from the estate of Leo Hill, former Frasier resident and Boulder community leader, helped to define this project and allowed for numerous finish and scope upgrades. As a result, the new space was renamed from Sky Lounge to HillTop.

Frasier president and chief executive Tim Johnson said it is one of the largest bequests in the retirement community’s history.

The Hilltop project was designed by Hord Coplan Macht Architects—also the architect on Frasier’s on-going master plan expansion. Pinkard Construction is the construction manager/general contractor for the $90+ million expansion, which includes The Prairies, a 98-apartment independent living building. The expansion also includes a new arts and education center, an expanded wellness center, and extensive renovations of dining venues.

Frasier is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located on a 20-acre campus in Boulder, next to Thunderbird Park and Lake, with panoramic views of the Flatirons and the entire Front Range. As Colorado’s only accredited CCRC, Frasier is an independent not-for-profit, mission-driven senior living community dedicated to helping seniors enjoy vibrant and fulfilling lives. Visit to learn more.

With 65 senior projects in Colorado since 1962, Pinkard Construction Company is Colorado’s expert in senior living construction. Pinkard’s focus is on unparalleled construction quality and customer service with best-in-class preconstruction services and award-winning warranty services. For more information, please contact Jim Mellor at 303.986.4555 or visit our website at

Hord Coplan Macht, (HCM) Inc., provides a multi-disciplinary approach to architectural planning design specializing in the areas of healthcare, higher education, K-12 education, multi-family, and senior living. Headquartered in Baltimore, with offices in Denver and Washington, DC, the firm employees 230 people and serves clients across the US. For more information, please call 410.837.7311, email,  or visit