This project was a simple facade study performed for the client in order to obtain a facade improvement grant from the City of Loveland. Several options were considered in a more traditional style with modern elements and materials to accentuate the entry. The original building was a single story tenant space that had acquired an ill-proportioned, over-exaggerated facade that enabled the possibility of scaling down the presence of the elevation to the sidewalk.
The Beck home was designed to reside in a comfortable golf-resort community in Northern Colorado with a wide and expansive view of the front range and located off of the back 9.
At over 3000 square feet, the two full stories could accommodate an active family of 5 with room to grow and a large, central living room to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor surroundings.
Modern methods and materials included Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) to provide for more efficient installation and improved energy values. This also allowed for a more open volume of space throughout the house utilizing daylighting to the west and north with a large covered outdoor area and high clerestory windows. The finishes also expressed a more modern language with the use of low-maintenance and integrally-colored cement panels in coordination with local stone, plentiful windows and a color palette that distinguishes this family residence from it's neighbors and makes for a welcome place to call home.
Bella Sera is an upscale, multi-family residential complex intended to provide opportunities for work and play with many amenities and classic mediterranean environs in the heart of Kansas. (work completed with Gould Evans Associates)
The facade study was a two-week long sketch project as a sort of introduction to curtain-wall construction and the study of context and vernacular.
Park Street Church in Boston had previously built a ministry annex on the property just behind the main chapel in the historic Beacon Hill District. The challenge was to design a facade for the existing structure that would represent the functions of the annex in a contemporary manner.
The office building was a simple five story reinforced concrete pan structural system with dual party walls. A hung concrete panel system seemed to adapt itself to the structure in a way that each floor could be individually represented on the facade. On the ground level, the entrance scooped in to create a recess for visitors and workers to engage with the Commons across the street. The middle three levels were similarly represented with a band of windows and the sky room at the top opened up by means of a large 2-story opening. Facing the south created the opportunity for textural play with light and shadow through undulating seams within the interconnected panels.
The Brown addition was simply an expansion of the master bedroom to the existing mid-century modern home that could accommodate a larger bathroom and closet as well as a roof-top deck for star gazing.
While speaking the same language and making a place of it's own, the addition employed similar, but more modern construction methods and materials. The addition sits discreetly at the back of the home, but has visual connections with the surrounding homes, so it was a consideration to address issues of privacy. The low profile of the existing roof was subtly reflected while a gradually eroding wood screen to the south was utilized to provide that privacy to both the homeowners as well as their neighbors. This also screened a small outdoor storage area under the stairs as well as provide filtered light from the south into the large, open shower.
The infamous St. Valentines Day Massacre set the site for the community police center in Chicago.
A small satelite police center with holding cells, administration, classrooms and a basketball court was an intimate three week project based on a group visit to the area. Sketches and study models initiated most of the design for this center.
The bloody past and the compact nature of the site created crumpled and distressed forms. With the cells below ground, the office above ground level and the basketball court two stories above, a large multilevel, sunlit lobby was designed to connect he public spaces over the area where the crimes of Al Capone were committed. Where the execution wall once stood, a rusty grated walkway allows the visitors to explore the nature of the site and look down into the small windows of the holding cells and the subterranean donut shop.
Encore Jazz Lounge has evolved over a series of exercises and locations as both an interior tenant finish and a study of facade improvements.
Initially the location was to be in a dilapidated space that had previously been occupied by a restaurant, but had gone into serious disrepair. The facade and exterior of the existing building were of significant importance due to their prominent location with frontage on 4th Street in Downtown Loveland as well as a pedestrian alley to the side with enormous potential to engage passerby.
In addition to plan studies, several facade studies were completed to examine the extent to which it could be improved and perhaps qualify for an improvement grant through the City. The idea of utilizing the alley as an extension of the performance stage with the possibility of opening up the sidewall via an overhead door was also explored.
Ultimately an alternate site was chosen that would require a much improved floor plan, including a full commercial kitchen, and minimal exterior work. The overall space, which was roughly L-shaped, was to include a more formal lounge area for quiet conversation up front, a central and prominent bar and kitchen area and an entertainment area in the back of the building.
Exit Paradis was a visioning project to see what was possible in the old abandoned rail yard in Stavanger, Norway. The team envisioned a self-sustainable urban setting that would enhance and strengthen the community of Stavanger.
We feel that what had been proposed is possible and poses many important questions. How can these ideas be taken further in order to create and support a project of this magnitude and potential? Many more meaningful issues and conditions must be taken into consideration. How could this fruitless site begin to speak to the people of Stavanger and welcome others from around the world? How can the architecture express and celebrate the increasing technology familiar to the region?
These are just a few of the issues that have been taken into consideration throughout the design process. The next step in this process is the realization of this sites importance to the future of Stavanger and what lies ahead. As we have experienced ourselves, the path is unbounded but very much a reality.
Exit Stavanger started as a continuation of two other projects, both sited within the city of Stavanger, Norway. Each of the three projects revolved around the idea of site revitalization and the larger effects on the city as a whole.
This particular project began with the effort to compose documentation that expressed the collective thoughts about architecture today. In the end, what resulted was an intense and personal manifesto covering such topics as metaoperative architecture, balance, freedom and order, the rhizomatic city and architecture for the liberation of the spirit. The project developed from a philosophical discussion into a physical exploration of contemporary urban planning and architecture.
The next process of the project was to individually recreate an urban link within the existing site of the Stavanger railway station. A man-made lake sat to the north of the aging station and just south of the old downtown area. With nothing more than a bus terminal and a rarely used pedestrian promenade, the railway station had created a barrier among the surrounding neighborhoods and downtown. An additional consideration was the station's location among the city's heaviest travelled vehicular pathways, both highways and underground tunnels.
The process that became a leading force for this design was ultimately contextural issues of scale, movement throughout the site and other surrounding elements of the city. Redevelopment of the urban landscape was also introduced into the program so that the site could familriarze itself not only with the occasional passerby, but the people of Stavanger as well.
The site was enormous and allowed for numerous activities to engage people of all ages. In addition to the railway and bus terminals, various shops and eateries were incorporated as well as theatres, event areas, offices, single-family residential units and a cyber-cafe.
Becauase of the severity of the surroundign architecture and its brutal scale, pedestrian-friendly spaces were created at every opportunity. The lake was also embraced not as a bordering element, but an amenity of outdoor entertainment and activity.
The linearity of the site and its surrounding traffic patterns informed the design and the arrangement of programmatic spaces. It was important that ll areas of public interest be easily accessible by foot as well as the visual connection of the station and surrounding city.
This is Phase Two of First Presbyterian Church’s master plan in Topeka, with a new entry, library, administrative offices, and youth spaces. The entry and library are positioned adjacent to the existing Disciples Hall to create a grand entry and direct connection between the two spaces. The new administrative area, located adjacent to the entry on the main level, provides for visual security and reception during the week.
Additionally, new junior and senior high classrooms and commons were added to the second level of the church. The addition of 9,500 square feet brought the total square footage of the facility to 28,000 square feet. (work completed with Gould Evans Associates)
(work completed with Gould Evans Associates)
Indian Creek Community Church was an existing church that included a small multi-purpose space/fellowship hall, classroom and administration offices. Due to a growing congregation, the need had arisen for a much larger and formal sanctuary, hospitality accommodations, a prayer room as well as additional offices and classroom spaces. All of the existing spaces were also remodeled and renovated to correspond with the expansion effort.
In order to appeal to the younger, non-denominational congregation, the church embraced modern materials such as zinc panels with expansive open spaces to convey that they are open and welcome to everyone. (work completed with Gould Evans Associates)
Masterplanning projects such as "Promiseland Ranch" and "Colby Community College" are often a means to study viability of a project or to help understand relationships between existing elements and how these can be improved or updated. In either case, the projects were not carried through to completion and instead served a more meaningful purpose of informing the client of their underlying issues and concerns. (work completed with RNTA Architects (formerly RNP Architects) and Gould Evans Associates - respectively)
The MOC-9 project was a study in conjunction with the Metropolitan Waste Water District in San Diego, California to design a new 16,200 sf facility to house and provide for maintenance of the MWWD fleet, including pump trucks and light vehicles.
Spaces include an administration area, 9 maintenance bays, tire shop, truck wash, storage and other support spaces, and a staff lounge with an adjacent exterior courtyard.
The structure was designed to exceed California’s Title 24 requirement by means of a deep overhang to provide shaded outdoor work areas as well as direct sunlight control. Efficient and timely construction were to be aided by the use of structural tilt-up concrete panels and a light weight steel frame roof structure. (work completed with RNTA, formerly RNP Architects)
The Midtown Art Center rehabilitated and repurposed an abandoned 22,000 sf four-plex theater building in order to expand services currently available by the Carousel Dinner Theater.
The main features of the renovated spaces includes a 230-seat dinner theater and balcony seating for private parties with dressing and green rooms, a full-service kitchen, a 200-seat banquet hall, an enhanced lobby and entry with a stylish bar, pre-event gathering area, and administration areas. The remaining theater spaces, not yet renovated, are projected to be a 200-seat theater and black box theater available to the community. (graphic modeling support - work completed with RB+B Architects)
The Mountain View Elementary School addition is a 15,800 sf, 11-classroom addition. The addition also included support spaces such as restrooms and storage, a small administration addition for the kitchen, as well as an expansion of the existing serving and prep area, including a new cooler and freezer.
Daylighting at the classrooms with sun-shading devices were used on the south side to reduce solar gain and glare, while optimizing the use of natural lighting. Extensive code-compliance studies were conducted throughout this project due to the constraints incurred by adding area onto an existing non-complying, non-sprinkled building built in the 1970s. An outdoor classroom and courtyard were created as a required separation between new and old construction. (project architect - work completed with RB+B Architects)
In 2008, local residents approved a bond issue to provide for building repairs, additions, and infrastructure updates at Niwot High School. The original building, having been built in the 1960’s and continually added to over the past 50 years, was much in need of renovation throughout.
Work within this school included interior renovations and miscellaneous remodels including an expansion to the current administration and commons area, a general 5-classroom addition, and a separate science curriculum addition consisting of 3 lab classrooms, a science prep room and other supporting spaces. The locker rooms also required a complete remodel due to abatement and to increase accessibility and available lockers for PE students. The competition size gymnasium received a new maple floor and electronically controlled bleachers on the main floor and loft above. All restrooms brought up to ANSI standards for accessibility along with all new finishes and plumbing fixtures, new flooring and wall surfaces throughout corridor spaces were abated and replaced, and all hardware and doors were replaced. A general classroom was remodeled to accommodate a computer lab classroom with flexible smart carts, classroom technology and building security systems were updated, interior environment conditions were improved by the replacement of roof-top units, and the remainder of the building was sprinkled. Exterior sight improvements were made to the entry plaza such as site lighting, pedestrian flow into the building, and an improved seating area for students and visitors with added sun-shade elements on south windows to reduce solar gain and glare.
As part of the landfill mitigation effort utilized on this project, the maple athletic floor that was removed from the gymnasium improvement was salvaged and repurposed as a finish material at another St. Vrain Valley School District project, Red Hawk Elementary in Erie, Colorado. (project architect - work completed with RB+B Architects)
Following a year of renovations, remodels, and additions, the school district decided to pursue a master plan design for an athletic addition at Niwot High School.
Currently the district-wide competition equipment for gymnastics occupies the small gym throughout the fall, preventing PE classes to overflow from the main gym. The wrestling loft above the main gym is only large enough for team practice.
Additionally the existing football field is used for track, football, marching band, soccer, lacrosse and many other school-wide events, however there is currently no formal spectator seating, no exterior lighting, no access control to the field, and the existing turf field is in dire need of repair.
In an effort to address the schools numerous athletic challenges, the proposed addition would include a large competition gymnastics space with spectator seating, a large wrestling room, locker rooms and changing areas with offices for coaches and officials, public restrooms, concessions, and field storage. The field would be improved to include new synthetic turf with stadium seating, lighting, an announcers booth, and a continuous controlled perimeter to allow the school to hold district-wide games. It would also house a few PE spaces such as a large weight room, a large aerobics room, and supporting offices and storage spaces.
The challenges that came with this project included code-required separations from the existing building while keeping the space continuous for safety and security, a large drop in elevation from one end of the site to the other, and the area of the building that currently houses athletics and PE such as the gym and locker rooms are also associated with the main entry into the large auditorium. Due to the programmatic and site-related issues, the addition required dual, multi-level entries and a cohesive delineation between them to guide visitors and students alike. (project architect - work completed with RB+B Architects)
The 48,000 sf addition to the Odell brewery includes an expansion to the existing production area from a new fermenting tank farm, bottling line, warehouse storage, and a new cooler at the relocated truck docks. The administration area and tap room were also expanded to include community meeting rooms, additional office spaces, and a more spacious serving area.
Sustainable features implemented into the project include permeable parking pavers to prevent site runoff, numerous reused materials from the existing building throughout such as roofing, windows, doors, light fixtures, and casework, solar photovoltaic rooftop array, natural ventilation and daylighting in both public and private areas. In 2010, the Odell Brewing Company expansion was awarded first place in the Commercial Category of the Colorado Sustainable Design awards. (project architect - work completed with RB+B Architects)
The Palazzo Porto-Breganze sets the site for the Palladian Academy. An unfinished two-bay Palladian facade, the Palazzo sits at the south end of the Piazza del Castello. The surrounding area of Vicenza consists of narrow, winding streets and dense multi-storey buildings; a true Renaissance village.
Through a series of programming and additional schematic studies, a 75,000sf. academy for the arts was to be designed just behind the classical palazzo. Some of the programmatic spaces included event areas, administration, classrooms, a library, studios and residences for students, faculty and visitors.
The academy within this culture-laden area needed to establish its own identity while connecting to the immediate context at the same time. Because of the nature of the irregular site and necessary restrictions, many of the spaces relied on interior spatial connections in order to create a cohesive and meaningful scheme. Light, materiality and the quality of the interior spaces became the overriding design determinants to solidify the project. Within the organization of the program, the spaces were situated much like the surrounding Italian palazzos; public spaces on the ground level, semi- public spaces above, and private spaces on the top-most levels.
Just outside of Fratta Polestine, Italy sits the most complete villa by Palladio, Villa Badoer. A three week sketch project was created to design a small guest house for the grounds of this renaissance villa.
Exploration of Palladio and the proportional systems that he used in addition to the surrounding contect resulted in a thematic personal interpretation. A small two-story residence that afforded a reading room, sitting area, sleeping areas and bathrooms sat just to the northwest behind the villa, sharing the immensly barren grounds.
The importance of this scheme was balance and this was achieved by added vegetation adjacent to the guest house as well as on the opposite side of the site. The north end of the site represented the private quarters of the villa and was completely surrounded by a masonry wall giving seclusion to the residence and the gues house.
This project was a facade improvement to complement an interior renovation in the salon's southwestern style while accenting the existing wood structural elements.
Severance Middle School is a 109,000 sf new middle school designed to serve 600 students. Precast concrete panels were designed to accentuate the gymnasium using a circular form that replicated the crop formations that occur in the surrounding rural farming communities. Extensive daylighting and integral sun-shading devices were utilized throughout with dual-story solatubes in order to allow natural light into classroom spaces. The round, 2-story entry features a large metal wind vane created by a local artist. Local beetle-kill wood paneling and insulated SIPS panels were used throughout public spaces. (project architect - work completed with RB+B Architects)
The Structural Biology Center is a large, multidisciplinary project that was completed through several phased periods. The original core of the building included an 800-Mhz magnetic resonance spectrometer and supporting offices, research spaces, and classrooms. An additional wing was programmed to include further support spaces, laboratories, classrooms, collaboration and meeting rooms, and offices for research staff and student teachers. The building currently houses the Specialized Chemistry Center, the Center of Excellence in Chemical Methodologies and Library Development, High-Throughput Screening Laboratory, the Center for Cancer Experimental Therapeutics, and the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence. The Structural Biology building was the catalyst for what is now the University of Kansas West Research Campus, housing numerous research facilities contributing to a wide-range of science related fields. (work completed with Gould Evans Associates)
The existing lobby, located on the second floor of Learned Engineering Hall was remodeled to house the Veatch-Robinson administrative offices of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering on the University of Kansas campus.
The space included a large conference room and faculty offices along with department administrative offices. (work completed with Gould Evans Associates)
*405 Linden Street Office remodel - Fort Collins
Encore Lounge - Loveland, Colorado
Home State Bank Office remodel - LaFayette, Colorado
RFI Ingredientr Renovation - Longmont, Colorado
*New Belgium Brewery Pilot Brewery - Fort Collins, Colorado
*Markley Motors Buick GMC remodel - Fort Collins, Colorado
*Odell Brewery Expansion - Fort Collins, Colorado
*Midtown Arts Center - Fort Collins, Colorado
*Aims Community College remodel - Fort Collins, Colorado
*Washburn University projects - Topeka, Kansas
-WU Student Recreation and Wellness Center
-WU Art Building
-WU Stoffer Sciene Hall renovation and remodel
*University of Kansas Projects - Lawrence, Kansas
-KU Eaton Hall School of Engineering
-KU Memorial Student Union renovations and remodel
-KU Multidisciplinary Research Building
-KU Structural Biology Building
-KU Spahr Engineering Library renovations and remodel
-KU Learned Hall Engineering Building renovations
-KU Adams Alumni Center site study
Birch Assisted Living renovation and remodel - Greeley, Colorado
*Weld County Crime Lab - Greeley, Colorado
*Metropolitan Waste Water District Operations Center and Fleet Maintenance Facility - San Diego, California
*Niwot High School athletic addition, St. Vrain Valley School District - Niwot, Colorado
*Erie Elementary School renovations, St. Vrain Valley School District - Erie, Colorado
*Niwot High School additions and renovations, St. Vrain Valley School District - Niwot, Colorado
*Niwot Elementary School addition and renovations, St. Vrain Valley School District - Niwot, Colorado
*Severance MIddle School, Weld RE4 School District - Severance, Colorado
*Mountain View Elementary School addition, Adams 12 School District - Broomfield, Colorado
*Adams 12 School District Summer Renovation Projects:
-Horizon High School - Thornton, Colorado
-Niver Creek Middle School - Denver, Colroado
-Middle School - Northglenn, Colorado
-Legacy High School - Broomfield, Colorado
-Mountain View Elementary School - Denver, Colorado
-Skyview Elementary School - Thornton, Colorado
-Northstar Elementary School - Thornton, Colorado
-Centennial Elementary School - Denver, Colorado
-Tarver Elementary School - Thornton, Colorado
-Thornton High School, DECA Coffee Shop remodel - Thornton, Colorado
*Loveland High School Pool Renovations, Thompson School District - Loveland, Colorado
*San Diego School District Projects, San Diego, California
*Lawrence, Kansas School District Projects, Lawrence, Kansas
Exit Paradis - Stavanger, Norway
*Colby Community College - Colby, Kansas
*Rogers Middle School Charette - Rogers, Arkansas
*PromiseLand Ranch - Campo, California
*Chilson Recreation Center Repairs - Loveland, Colorado
Bent Tree Church administration remodel feasibility study - Loveland, Colorado
*Indian Creek Community Church addition and remodel - Olathe, Kansas
*St. Paul's United Methodist Church addition - Lenexa Kansas
*First Presbyterian Church addition - Topeka, Kansas
*St. Lawrence Catholic Student Center administration office expansion and remodel - Lawrence, Kansas
*St. Lawrence Catholic Student Center parking structure - Lawrence, Kansas
Lamar Valley Craftsman, Two Moons exterior color palette - Loveland, Colorado
Seaman Residence remodel - Loveland, Colorado
Beck Residence - Water Valley/Windsor, Colorado
Brown Master Suite addition and remodel - Loveland, Colorado
McQuade Basement remodel design study - Loveland, Colorado
Trailhead Community Association design review committee - Fort Collins, Colorado
Wyndham Hill Community Association design review committee - Frederick, Colorado
*denotes work completed with another design firm