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Construction Defect Speakers Panel


In Boulder, condominiums are an important affordable homeownership option. Since the 2008 economic downturn, Front Range communities have seen little development of this housing type. Increasingly, current construction defect laws, which offer important protections for homeowners, are seen as a contributing factor in this ongoing trend.

Through panelist presentations and an audience Q and A, this public event will explore:

  • The impacts of current construction defect laws on condominium development in Boulder and the region.
  • Solutions that balance homeowner protections and Boulder’s affordable housing goals and the city’s role.

Construction Defect Speakers Panel

Recorded May 16, 2017

The Panel

Carl Castillo, City of Boulder policy advisor, will moderate the panel. The event will begin with brief panelist presentations, followed by an audience question and answer portion, and concluding with reflections by each panelist.

The panelists bring diverse perspectives to the panel.  

Matt Goebel, AICP, is a director in Clarion Associates’ Denver office. He is a planner and attorney specializing in zoning, planning, and historic preservation. Matt is co-author of Rules that Shape Urban Form and Aesthetics, Community Character, and the Law, published by the American Planning Association. He also authored award-winning studies of regulatory barriers to affordable housing and the economic benefits of historic preservation. He received his law degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

John Koval is Boulder-based Coburn Partner’s director of development and vice president of operations. He has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry with an emphasis on acquisitions, commercial brokerage, property management, development and construction. Site Selection Magazine recognized John as a Young Leader in Corporate Real Estate. John manages the day-to-day operations for Coburn. He has served on a variety of appointed civic roles. John received a degree in environmental design from the University of Colorado and is a licensed Colorado real estate broker.

Sara Reynolds is executive director of Housing Colorado, a statewide, multi-sector membership association for affordable housing professionals. Previously, Sara worked as the outreach and membership director for the Colorado Municipal League, a nonprofit representing the interests of Colorado municipal governments. In this role, Sara worked closely with local and state agencies, fostering joint initiatives and collaboration for addressing local issues. Sara serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado. Sara holds a Master in Public Administration from the University of Colorado and is accredited with the American Society of Association Executives. 

Giovanni M. Ruscitti is one of the four founding members of Boulder-based Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti, LLP. He regularly serves as lead transactional and litigation counsel and often works as a strategic adviser to boards of directors and as general counsel. His practice focuses primarily on complex commercial litigation/arbitration, construction law, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial transactions. Giovanni received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado, an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado - Graduate School of Business, and a law degree from the University of Denver.


Background Materials


If you have any questions, please contact Crystal Launder at 303-441-4141 or [email protected].