19 Oct

Deerhouse

Architecture by Scott Rodwin
We helped the clients find a beautiful lot in North Boulder, then crafted this modern 3300 s.f. house to be their dream home.   The clients asked for a warm, modern style home, with an open floor plan that connected to the outdoors and took full advantage of the rare lot.  We sited and engineered the house for optimal passive solar design, while simultaneously capturing unobstructed panoramic views of the Flatirons from both levels. The home’s simple, clean lines reflect their unpretentious, easy-going character.  The gourmet kitchen, dining and Great room are flooded with sunshine from the 9ft high ceilings and walls of glass.  A gracious covered west porch flows seamlessly out from the Great room through a giant bank of sliding doors, creating a fantastic opportunity for indoor/outdoor living.  The porch has solid cedar columns and Beetle-kill wood on the ceiling to create a warm feeling. 

On the ground floor, walk past the front hall to reach a guest suite and a rec room that is divided between a small media room for the boys and a north facing painting studio. Follow the stair to the second floor where you’ll immediately be presented with a stunning view from the open study and balcony.  All the bedrooms get a south facing mountain view and the master has its own private balcony.

The owners wanted the house to be as green as possible, and the house has tiny energy and water bills as well as a healthy indoor air environment.   It features solar photovoltaic panels, Energy Star fiberglass windows, foam insulation, LED lights, Watersense plumbing fixtures, a 96% efficient furnace & zero-VOC finishes.

19 Oct

Whittier Elementary

Architecture by Scott Rodwin
Whittier Elementary is one of the oldest public schools in Colorado and was in desperate need of a major remodel and addition.  We helped give this 43,760 s.f. public K-5 elementary school a new, contemporary 1,000 sf. entry and administrative wing addition that includes daylight through a large, angled skylight as well as a secure entry to enhance safety.  Project Managers Kirsten Snobeck and Fernando Gonzalez in our office led a full exterior historic renovation including masonry restoration and repair, historic window rehabilitation and accurate reproductions, and restoring original historic elements and trim work. Interior renovations included rearrangement of existing spaces to provide an additional classroom and administrative offices, shared work spaces, and 21st century learning spaces such as a future maker space and breakout spaces around the school. The school was able to dramatically improve its energy efficiency and thermal comfort with comprehensive mechanical system upgrades, new lighting, and wall and roof envelope upgrades, such as insulation and double-pane windows. Landscape design included a new home for the schools farm-to-table program. Lastly, the school also enhanced its ADA-accessibility with the addition of handicapped accessible bathrooms. (Assoc. Architect – Rodwin Architecture; Architect of Record- HPA)
18 Oct

Hope Beneath Our Feet

Architecture by Scott Rodwin
Ten years ago this book asked the question “In this time of environmental crisis, how can we live right now?”  Its central idea seems more relevant and critical today than ever.  Scott Rodwin was invited to contribute an essay “The Challenges of Building Sustainably” on behalf of architects to this thoughtful anthology. In it, he talks about how we create truly sustainable communities and he highlights the encouraging realities of green building. Other featured writers include Paul Hawken, Howard Zinn, Alice Walker and Barbara Kingsolver. “This compelling and inspirational anthology raises a chorus of voices in defense of the earth. Hope Beneath Our Feet addresses the environmental problems plaguing our planet and the myriad forms of action each of us can take.”

         –Leonardo DiCaprio, actor and activist

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