Shull’s aspiration was to create “timeless beauty” with Deneuve Construction – BizWest
BOULDER – From retail to institutions to housing, Philip Shull’s company has built it all. She has specialized in recent years in projects that provide affordable housing, including housing that allows homeless people to find shelter and services.
Shull, the founder of Deneuve Construction Services, trading name of Deneuve Design Inc., will be among six individuals or groups to be inducted on September 15 at the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame. Lunch will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Boulder.
Shull, 75, came to Boulder in 1965 from Arvada to attend the University of Colorado where he earned a degree in psychology. He has lived in the community ever since, with his life partner Christine Kimura.
While his degree may have been in the social sciences – a science that links human behavior and the human mind to the natural sciences – construction and design were in his blood. Shull’s father was an architect, and young Shull had been fascinated by design and manufacturing processes, especially woodworking, since his teenage years. After a short stint as a carpenter, he founded Deneuve Construction Services in 1973 and has produced buildings ever since, including projects in 14 states.
He named his company after French actress Catherine Deneuve. “I saw her as representing classic European style and timeless beauty,” Shull told BizWest. Shull intended to design a line of distinctive furniture using this name, but did not. Instead, it became the name of his company and defined the quality of work he would do over the decades. [Catherine Deneuve has acted in films since 1957. In 1992, she was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Indochine.]
Deneuve Construction’s projects include more than 300 restaurants, grocery stores, medical clinics, custom homes, schools, churches, retail establishments, community centers, condominiums, and most recently, hundreds of affordable housing units throughout Colorado.
Affordable housing projects that provide alternatives for people experiencing homelessness and those that include access to useful services to combat veterans or homeless teenagers are part of the company’s portfolio. Energy efficiency has also become a hallmark of the company.
The Attention Homes project in Boulder received an Eagle Award in 2020 from Housing Colorado. Guadalupe Apartments in Greeley is another project recognized for the services it provides.
Shull sold a majority stake in his company to David Garabed in 2019 but remains engaged as an executive adviser.
His civic activity has also been wide-ranging, including the Boulder Urban Renewal Authority, which oversaw the redevelopment of the Crossroads Mall and the development of the St. Julien Hotel; CAGID, which operates the city center car parks; the Boulder Chamber and its Community Development Council; the Boulder Planning Board and the Chautauqua Association Board of Directors.
He and Christine ran their historic home as a bed and breakfast and ran the BookEnd Café and Riffs restaurant for 30 years at Pearl Street Mall. These efforts provided a home for his collection of architectural antiquities.
He loves classical music, jazz, crime mysteries, puzzles, their little apartment in Umbria, Italy, his electric bike, essays by Ann Patchett and David Sedaris, and all of Christine’s cooking.