Trestle Strategy Group Real Estate Development Consulting

TRESTLE STRATEGY GROUP is a consulting firm located in Boulder, Colorado that specializes in owner’s representation, project management, needs assessment, facilities planning and community engagement. The firm oversees real estate development and construction projects from concept to completion, delivering impeccable project management, intelligent strategy, and smart solutions. We understand the intricacies of development and thrive in complex situations. Our goal is to help you feel the same way – smart, informed, and successful.

Collaboration, Creativity, Honesty, and Transparency.

Our team is dedicated to executing your real estate objectives through customized, high touch project management services. Trestle acts as your strategic advisor and main point-of-coordination. This tightly integrated process promotes a very efficient exchange of information resulting in a seamless process that minimizes risk and conflict. Trestle navigates the complexities, while managing the project’s bottom line to achieve your vision.

We custom tailor our professional services and experienced sub-consultant teams to meet your specific project goals. We are successful at enlisting support and buy-in from a diverse set of stakeholders at all stages of a project.

For us, it is about more than just billable hours. We are devoted to each of our projects, providing individualized attention to each of our client groups and solving every challenge that occurs throughout the process. We are not just another fee consultant – we are your partner, strategist, implementer, and occasionally therapist, ultimately delivering your dream to you and your stakeholders.

Our Team

Danica Powell | Principal and Founder

Danica Powell is an unparalleled expert at managing and entitling complex development and construction projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. Danica has been implementing mid- to large-scale real estate development projects in the Denver/Boulder region since 2001. Working as a consultant to private developers, nonprofits, and governmental agencies, Danica has a proven track record for directing and managing complex projects such as; negotiating and closing a 34-unit deal for Boulder Housing Partners using Low Income Tax Credits (LIHTC), acting as the owner’s representative on a $130 million redevelopment project in Boulder's Transit Village, finding solutions for the City of Boulder’s municipal and public safety space needs, and managing and entitling a 152-acre mixed-use community in Lakewood. Prior to consulting, she was the project director at Urban Frontier and was involved in projects totaling over 7 million square feet of commercial development and 3500 residential units.

She has built solid relationships across all facets of real estate development, including jurisdictions, consultants, and investment partners. With experience in both the public and private sectors, Danica is especially skilled in detailed policy analysis, intricate coordination, and the balancing of interests and perspectives required throughout the public review process.

Danica is an active member in the community serving on the Board of Directors for the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County, the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative Steering Committee, Boulder Urban Renewal Authority, and the Shining Mountain Waldorf School Board of Trustees. She recently served a 3-year term with the City of Boulder Planning Board. Her degree is in Sustainable Urban Systems from The University of California at Berkeley.

Cole Meleyco | Project Manager

Cole Meleyco joined Trestle as a Project Manager in September 2014. Cole is a recent graduate of The University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Operations Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Sustainable Development. He has also earned a LEED Green Associate Certificate in July 2014.

Cole provides project administrative support, conducts research, writes memos, creates presentations, drafts development proposals, and coordinates project timelines. Cole's attention to detail and his strong organizational, analytical, and communication skills help support successful projects at Trestle Strategy Group. Cole's experience includes working for Beaver Creek Resort Properties in Beaver Creek, Colorado where he excelled at customer service and guest relations. He also has experience working for Zayo Group as a Real Estate Analyst Intern as well as Waste Management as a Zero-Waste and Business Sales Intern.

Strategy & Entitlements

At Trestle Strategy Group, we plot a roadmap based on our years of experience in real estate that will direct your project through the path of least resistance. Though there may still be hurdles to overcome, we have the knowledge to steer the project back on course. We custom tailor a strategic approach for every project based on each project’s complexities and requirements. Whether you need help realizing your large-scale development vision or simply navigating the complicated zoning and code laws, we have the expertise to accomplish your goal.

Owner Representative & Construction Management

As an owner's representative, we act on behalf of our client. We direct and coordinate all the moving pieces of the development or construction process, encouraging the project forward. We understand the intricacies of real live development and can take your real estate venture from a vision on paper to a finished reality. Trestle always acts in our client's best interests as we steer the project through planning, construction, and post-construction responsibilities.

Community Engagement

Our team has worked on many controversial and challenging projects in established neighborhoods. We have found that a one-size fits all approach is not the best way to approach community engagement. We work closely with the design and development team to understand the key project challenges, neighborhood dynamics, and the political landscape to develop a customized, effective and inclusive outreach strategy designed to both inform and engage the community.

Space Needs Assessment

In a space needs assessment project, Trestle analyzes the status quo and compare it to industry standards to find out what your facility is missing. These fact-based findings are presented to our clients and include our own recommendation for the best course of action. Trestle can also perform a financial feasibility analysis for different options.

Affordable Housing

Affordable housing developments present a different set of complexities allowing for creative solutions including low income housing tax credits, public private partnerships, and government grant funding. Our team has acted as a partner in several affordable housing projects and knows the keys to making the efforts a success. If you are a nonprofit seeking additional resources or a private developer looking to expand your real estate portfolio to include affordable housing, Trestle Strategy can help you help others!

Danica Powell | Principal & Founder | 303.579.6221

Cole Meleyco | Project Manager | 408.828.8394

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