An interior renovation of Aspen’s newest Italian restaurant Ellina completed in December. The renovation included new lighting, artwork, furniture, kitchen equipment and finishes done to match the flavor of an Italian restaurant, according to the design team at Rowland+Broughton of Aspen, the project architect.

The Denver Public School Board recently approved plans for the development of photovoltaic solar energy projects on 16 school buildings throughout the district.

The projects are the result of more than two years of planning and coordination by Denver-based renewable-energy developer Oak Leaf Energy Partners with the school district and the Denver Green Print Council. The projects will be owned and operated by San Francisco-based MP2 Capital. MP2 will then sell the electricity produced to the district under a Power Purchase Agreement.

The systems will be designed and built by Boulder’s Namasté Solar.

The locations were selected by the optimal solar and roof qualities of the schools. The 16 systems will total 1.8 MW of capacity and generate 44 million kwh of clean solar electricity over the course of the 20-year PPA. The systems are expected be complete by November, with the first project coming on line in March.

A renovation and expansion of Denver’s Cowboy Lounge and the Tavern Downtown, at 1941 Market St. and 1949 Market St., respectively, started late last year.

Catamount Constructors Inc., a commercial general contractor with offices in Evergreen and Atlanta, was awarded the combined renovation and expansion contract by Denver-based developer Tavern Hospitality Group. Work is expected to complete on the two restaurants in March.

AMA Construction, a Denver-based commercial general contractor completed demolition and renovation work at the Pikes Peak Community College Rampart Range Campus in Colorado Springs.

AMA Construction’s work included interior demolition and renovation of existing second-story faculty office space at the Rampart Range Campus, as well as demolition and renovation of classrooms into new nursing labs.