August 2017: The Harley Davidson Dealership we designed in Parker had its Grand Opening last weekend August 5. On August 3 was the Ribbon Breaking with a Harley riding through the ribbon, of course. It is exciting to see this new approach to transforming an old shopping center and use of parametric design to create a place that is truly unique and give the place a special identity associated with the freedom and experience of riding a Harley!
It was a big week for the Alpine Balsam redevelopment with the City. Last Thursday we held our first public event and got lots of great ideas from the community form visions and big ideas to what people feel is both important to the neighborhood and missing. On Monday we had an Eco-District Charrette which had more than 80 people from City staff to boards and commissions to participants in the Eco-District conference in Denver. Some great ideas were uncovered from this talented group. Eco-District is a powerful approach to sustainable neighborhoods. Unlike LEED it does not start with the answer but goes through a process to determine priorities and approaches to sustainability that are appropriate to a specific project. Importantly, includes equity as a critical component to the sustainability approach. Tuesday and Wednesday I attended the Eco-District conference in Denver with powerful presentations form around the country on some of the best practices and challenges to these approached. I was also inspired by the committment to integrate equity, sustainability and resilience that is at the heart of the eco-district philosophy. With these the Charrette and Community Visioning events completed, we have some incredible information to start a deeper conversation with the City and the neighborhood about a vision for the property and the district. I am excited to be collaborating with Mithun on this important City project. Stay tuned for the evolution.
The Longmont City Council Approved the re-zoning of the Bohn Farm Project on Tuesday, May 24. The approval allows all the key aspects of the project to proceed including higher density housing, the non-residential space, the .85 acre park, which supports a 2 acre CSA farm on the property as well. The approval allows the project to move into the more detailed design phase. See this link for the article in the Daily Camera.
The City of Boulder Planning Board approved the James Shared Use project last Thursday night 6-1. It was a momentous night after 14 months of hard work collaborating with our client Element Properties to create a true integration of community and design: where both support each other. The Board was very positive about the design and aspects of the project that will inject real diversity in to the downtown. Interestingly some on the board felt a more contemporary architectural approach was warranted given the location in opposition to the more historicist interpretation that the Boulder Design Advisory Board was championing. That will be on on-going discussion.
We are excited to announce we have moved to a new home at 2741 Mapleton Ave! What makes this particularly satisfying is it is the first floor of the recently completed renovation of Applied Broadband. so we get to live in a space we created as a creative workspace for AB and experience firsthand all the attributes of the space. It is a great environment and a learning experience!
We have been designing a "shared use" project on 14th St. in Boulder for Element Properties and it has hit the press! The project was submitted to the City of Boulder for review with a tentative public hearing of late January 2014.
A printed book of REA work has been ordered and will soon be available. The online version is up and running at: