Meet the Team

Henry R. Lopez P.E., Architect, Senior Partner

Henry has nearly five decades of experience as a Structural Engineer, and has earned the respect of the community at large as an accomplished and proficient professional dedicated to the highest standards of technical and business endeavoers. With his current Licensed Professional Engineering status in numerous states, as well as being a Licensed Architect here in Colorado, his practice has given him a knowledgeable, varied, and personal approach to both wide-ranging and specialized projects in the field.

Henry's education includes degrees from the State of Illinois:

• Bachelors of Fine Arts in Architecture with a Structural Engineering Major
• Master of Science in Architectural Engineering with a Major of Building Structures and a Minor in Soils and Foundation Engineering.

Henry has also chaired many state and local professional organizations, including: the Structural Engineers Association of Colorado, Boulder County Board of Review, Boulder Unit of Colorado Association of Parliamentarians, and the Boulder Chapter of the Professional Engineers of Colorado.

His professional experience represents a large variety of buildings and structures including: residential, religious, educational, commercial, industrial, military, municipal, and historic. Also, his structural expertise in buildings include everything from wood design, masonry, concrete, precast concrete, steel, and aluminum design.

Henry's achievements have given Lopez Smolens Associates a broad and thorough approach to building design and solutions.

Fleischman Building
New reinforced concrete auxiliary building to blend in with the style of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Niwot Center
New masonry building with very detailed and challenging brick work.

Arnett-Fullen House, Historic Landmark, 1877
Replaced and strengthened existing structure without changing Historic Character.

Jonathan Smolens P.E., Partner

Jonathan graduated from University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Colorado since 2002 and also holds PE licensure in the states of Utah, Wyoming and Iowa.

As a Structural Engineer, Jonathan's expertise includes structural design of new construction, additions, remodels and forensics for residential, industrial and commercial buildings. He excels at providing efficient and cost effective solutions for his clients. Having been a residential licensed contractor for 16 years, prior to engineering, gives him a thorough understanding of both building and business practice. Jonathan enjoys bringing his creativity to unique and challenging projects that require specialized building solutions.

One of Jonathan's specialties is green building which includes: straw-bale, adobe, Structural Insulated Panels (SIP's), and high efficiency wood and steel construction. He is committed to sustainability and values incorporating natural building materials and techniques in his designs. He also has extensive experience in Photovoltaic and Solar-thermal system applications.

Timberlane Staircase
This heavy steel, wide-flange, single-spine stair was an interesting and exciting analytical challenge that resulted in an elegant design.

Boone Garage
The challenge for this built-in-the-hill garage was met with a large, aesthetically-pleasing retaining wall organically integrating the project with the site and residence.

Ian Smith P.E.

Ian brings an abundant number of talents to Lopez Smolens Associates as a Professional Engineer dedicated to green building ethics and solutions with a commitment to renewable construction practices.

Since getting his degree from CU, he has produced and worked on numerous engineering and architectural projects including: civil undertakings, renovation and design of residences, commercial, and alternative-construction buildings. Working with many regional architects, designers, owner/builders, and contractors, he has developed both wide and specialized understandings of modern construction and structural solutions. In addition, Ian created one of the first seismic models for straw-bale structures, advancing the emerging field of reusable material and building techniques.

Ian has also been involved with Engineers Without Boarders since 2002, gaining valuable expertise in the economical construction methods and styles of developing nations.

Longmont Strawbale Hacienda
(Photo courtesy of Rodwin Architecture)
Structural engineering and workshop volunteering on this four-building, extended-family strawbale hacienda built in 2003. The bales wrap around the exterior of a structural timber frame, all of which bear on a turned-down monoslab foundation.

North Boulder Barn
Architectural drafting and engineering of this accessory building was in 2010. The building consists of interior structural adobe walls and arches, a wood framed floor and roof system, and an exterior straw-bale wrap.

Mark Blair, M.A.

Mark joined the team in 1997 as an architectural designer, illustrator, and draftsman, working closely with the engineers in the office on a great many diverse and challenging projects. Bringing his Masters of Architecture from UCD and Bachelors of Environmental Design from CU to bear on the work, Mark rounds out the team's expertise of buidling solutions in a variety of ways. Before joining the firm he worked in San Francisco for a number of years as a design/draftsman for an architectural firm working on"Nintendo" and other retail stores around the country, "Safeway" interior modifications, and various other projects: office, landscape, light industrial, retail buildings, as well as residential remodels and additions throughout his career. His achievements and awards include: First Place—in the CU "Martin Luther King Affordable Housing Competition". Intership with SERI—the Solar Energy Research Institute, in Golden Colorado. Certificate of Merit—in the Design + Energy National Student Competition, Washington, D.C.

Mountain Residence
This custom home, designed in collaboration with a modular builder, architecturally optimized the property's Continental Divide views, solar exposure, while meeting the challenging site engineering constraints of high elevation environmental efficiencies, to give a spacius layout and comfortable mountain living.

Smith Music Studio Spiral Stair (Top)
This design challenge required a precise and functional form with a graceful simplicity.

Drake Esoteric Living Structures (Bottom)
AutoCAD renderings give a visual feeling for experiemental prototype residential concepts.

Charlotte Van Voast

Charlotte brings a variety of knowledge and skills to the team as an Engineer in Training in the state of Colorado with experience in structural engineering, construction management, and engineering for developing communities.

Charlotte also has a strong interest in alternative building materials. During her Master's program at CU, she assisted with the Sustainable Housing Project on the Crow Indian Reservation. Her work included assessing various compositions of Compressed Earth Blocks (CEBs) and performing a life cycle analysis of available housing options on the reservation.

After graduating from CU in 2012, Charlotte worked for a general contractor on the construction of the Denver Union Station Commuter Rail Terminal. She had the opportunity to manage safety, quality, schedule, design coordination, site logistics, and change orders for a variety of subcontractors. During her time with this contractor, Charlotte also worked on several university housing renovations, additions and new construction at CU, CSU and UCCS. Charlotte brings this invaluable field experience to the design process to develop solutions with constructability and cost considerations.

Since starting with Lopez Smolens Associates in June of 2015, Charlotte has worked on a variety of projects including deck designs, assessment of existing structures for PV installations, forensic investigation and design, renovations, new residences, and retaining wall designs.






Special Projects

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