Architect Information Page

Architecture Building by USDA Rural Development

The State Architect supports the Rural Development, Business, Housing and Community Facilities staff, applicants and owners in the development and service of projects funded by Rural Development. For more information please contact the Rural Development loan specialist servicing your area using the following link Colorado Office Contacts or the RD State Architect: Thom Sakata (720) 544-2912, or email

Rural Development (RD) Programs, such as Community Facility (CF), Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG), Multi-Family Housing (MFH), involve the construction of new buildings or renovation of existing facilities. The development of these facilities involves the need for architectural services for the preparation of plans, specifications, public bidding, contracting, construction, and construction monitoring.

Applicants, at the earliest possible time, should provide a Preliminary Architectural Feasibility Report, including the cost Estimate, for the review by the RD Area Loan Specialist. These two documents are needed to determine the project's feasibility. Rural Development's State Architect will evaluate and provide architectural/construction guidance to the Applicants and their Architects, for RD financed architectural projects, in the following areas:

  • Initial site visit & evaluation of the proposed project
  • Preliminary Architectural Feasibilty Report
  • Agency concurrence of Owner/Architect Agreements
  • Agency acceptance of Plans & Specifications
  • Agency concurrence of Construction Contract documents
  • Construction & construction monitoring

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Program Support Contacts

Thom Sakata, Architect
DFC, Building 56, Room E-2300, PO Box 25426, Denver, CO 80225-0426
Phone: (720) 544-2912 | Fax: (720) 544-2970

Robert Scarpa, Engineer
DFC, Building 56, Room E-2300, PO Box 25426, Denver, CO 80225-0426
Phone: (720) 544-2930 | Fax: (720) 544-2970

Construction Resources

Colorado Design Development Standards

Colorado State Supplement - Design and Construction Development Standards for RD Program Areas

Community Facilities Direct Loan

RD Instruction Part 1924 Construction and Repair

RD Instruction Part 1942-A Community Facility Loans

RD Instruction Part 1942-C Fire and Rescue Loans

Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan

3575-A Community Programs Guaranteed Loans

Single Family Housing Direct Loan

RD Instruction Part 1924 Construction and Repair

HB-1-3550 Chapter 5 - Property Requirements

HB-1-3550 Chapter 9 - Special Situations

Multi-Family and Farm Labor Housing Direct Loan

HB-1-3560 Chapter 3 - Property Requirements

HB-1-3560 Chapter 9 - Property Construction

Multi-Family and Farm Labor Housing Guaranteed Loan

HB-1-3565 Chapter 5 - Construction Requirements