People Make the Difference
Each Gerber Berend team member at every level is an artist in his or her own right with an interesting story and enthusiasm for the work at hand and the firm. We are a group of people who are inspired by making beautiful spaces in collaboration with our clients.
Hans Berend – Principal of Construction
Hans Berend spent his childhood in Chicago helping his dad with home renovation projects. Building was something that came naturally for Hans and he felt himself drawn to the home building and renovation business. Following in his father’s footsteps as an adult, Hans initially balanced Colorado’s drastic seasonal weather with summer construction jobs and winters as a ski instructor. Over the next several years, Hans worked with concrete, in a custom cabinetry shop and as a carpenter under several building contractors in Steamboat. To balance work with play, Hans owned and operated the Steamboat Fishing Company (now called Steamboat Flyfisher). 30 miles of private river leases and a downtown retail space ensured success along with his excellent guides. In the off-seasons Hans traveled to the Bahamas, Chile and Argentina – including three separate expeditions to Patagonia – to guide private fishing trips.
Hans and his wife, Heidi began renovating homes as a hobby. Together they purchased a few “homes with potential,” for their own personal renovation projects – one in Steamboat Springs, Colo., and two in Moab, Utah. Through these projects Hans expanded his knowledge and skills in building design and building construction.
All the while, Hans’ reputation for fine woodworking and carpentry continued to grow, however he found himself isolated and confined to a workshop and he missed the interaction with clients he’d developed at his fishing business. After building much of the furniture for the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church downtown sanctuary, Hans decided it was time to start his own building company, Alpha Construction – where he expanded his repertoire to include general contracting. Through his business he has been able to work closely with clients and skilled tradespeople, building compelling, quality homes in Steamboat ever since.
His love of the personal side of the building business and high standards for each job made him a perfect fit for a company which combined construction and design. With Jeff Gerber, the two men have developed a business that focuses on high performance construction, sustainable design and creative use of environment and materials. Each project they work on is held to the highest standards to ensure their client’s satisfaction.
Jeff Gerber – Principal of Architecture
By the fourth grade, Jeff knew what he wanted to be. His memorable report detailed his dream of a future in architecture. From then on, Jeff pursued his passion of creating inspired living spaces.
In 1989, following several internships at well-respected Washington D.C. architectural firms, Jeff received his architectural degree at the University of Virginia. Acceptance into an international study program in Vicenza Italy gave Jeff an appreciation for classical architecture and design and an understanding of the urban fabric created by past civilizations.
After returning to the to the US Jeff was hired by the largest architectural firm in the country. Here Jeff gained hands-on experience honing his architectural skills and creating construction documents. As part of his education he was introduced to powerful computer modeling tools.
From Gensler and Associates, Jeff relocated to Boulder, Colorado in 1993 to leverage his experience as a Project Architect. With an MBA from the University of Colorado with concentrations in entrepreneurship and finance, Jeff created his first Design Build company. Clients sought him out, blessing Jeff with dozens of custom, client-inspired projects with carefully and cleanly detailed living spaces and natural materials expressed in a fresh, unique way.
In 2002, Jeff and his wife were seduced by the Yampa Valley and moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado intent on new adventures and the adoption of three children from Kazakhstan: Eli, Ivy and Maudie. With a new family taking precedence in Jeff’s life, he focused solely on the Design aspect of architecture working at a local Steamboat architecture firm. During his time there, he designed, drew and administered many innovative and architecturally sophisticated residences. His use of natural materials set him apart from other architects in Steamboat. During the next six years, four of Jeff’s designs would include vegetative roofs, four would encompass at least one source of renewable energy, and one was designed and engineered to be “net zero.”
Longing for the inspiring collaborations and efficiencies of his Design Build company in Boulder, Jeff sought out a partner with whom he could create. In 2009, Jeff and Hans co-created Gerber Berend Design Build. Hans Berend brought talent, collaborative building and an amazing talent for motivating craftsmen to provide an exemplary level of service and quality to the table. The two men’s skills complimented one another. Their partnership sealed the perfect combination of design creativity, highly skilled craftsmen and exceptional value.
The GB team includes architects, designers, engineers and a full build team which means plans are evaluated in terms of aesthetics, logistics and cost all under one roof. Since the design team and the build team are part of the same company, each side weighs in on plans, communicates the pros and cons to clients and supports each other. The build team is talented, organized, and easy to communicate with. The design team continues to participate and communicate with clients every step of the way on every project.