Hartman Ely Investments
creating sustainable communities

Jim Hartman

Jim Hartman was born in Vermont and received his architectural degree from the University of Virginia in 1980. He relocated to Boulder in 1980 and worked as the Historic Projects Director and a Project Manager at the internationally acclaimed architectural firm of Fentress Bradburn Architects. One of his most significant projects working with Fentress Bradburn was a multi-year, multi-phase master plan and renovation of the Colorado State Capitol, as well as several other buildings and sites in the Colorado State Capitol Complex.

After 16 years with Fentress Bradburn, Mr. Hartman joined the National Properties Group Corporation as their Vice President of Design and Construction. Jim also started another affiliated company, National Architecture and Design, Inc. National Properties was a development, investment, design and real estate management group of companies that specialized in “handcrafted urban infill” projects. While working there, Jim pursued his passions for creative urban design and environmentally responsible infill development. His most notable work at National Properties was the planning and implementation of several projects in the Lowry Town Center District, a redevelopment of approximately 50 acres in the heart of the decommissioned Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. These projects included Grand Lowry Lofts, Officers’ Row LoftHomes, Power House Lofts and Lowry’s Retail Town Center (the winning design competition only; ultimate implementation was by another developer).

After 4 years at National Properties, Mr. Hartman started Hartman Ely Investments (HEI) in 2000 with Susan Ely, an architect from Australia. HEI has continued the award-winning tradition of successful urban development that has been a trademark of Jim’s work since 1980.

From 2011 to 2014 Mr. Hartman worked with the Clean Energy Collective (CEC) as their Vice President of Strategic Development. CEC is the recognized leader in community solar garden developments, winning the US Department of Energy's Innovative Program of the Year award in 2011. Jim assisted the CEC with bringing solar power to communities across the United States and overseas. 

Mr. Hartman also provides volunteer services to several community programs.

He was a Board member of the Lowry Foundation from 1999-2010 and was its President in 2002 and 2003. The Foundation's mission is enriching life at Lowry.

Additionally, Mr. Hartman was a Program Manager for the Lowry Energy Initiative, a multi-dimensional plan to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability for the entire Lowry Community. As part of that effort, Jim worked with the Lowry Foundation and community leaders to produce Lowry's first Energy Fair in September 2008.

Another contribution to the Lowry Community is Jim’s involvement as a member of the Lowry Design Review Committee and the Boulevard One Design Review Committee.

Mr. Hartman is passionate about Historic Property Redevelopment, sustainable communities, renewable energy and energy efficiency. 

Jim has also been a leader of the Regional Transportation District’s Neighborhood Eco Pass (NECO) program in Boulder since 2001. The NECO program encourages citizens to use public transit and helps homeowners receive reduced cost bus passes.

Susan Ely

Susan Ely grew up in Australia and moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1993. She received her architectural degree in 1987 from the University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Her Australian work includes projects such as laboratories for The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, restaurants and residential developments.

Susan is HEI's Business Manager and is in charge of all administrative efforts of the company, including energy production monitoring and billing for HEI's solar power developments.

Outside of HEI, Ms. Ely's passions include equestrian competitions, skiing, bike riding and travel.
Jim is available for public speaking engagements and community education about Historic Property Redevelopment, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.