Happy fall everybody! It’s our favorite time of year as we head into the holidays. Lots of great projects are currently on site, and there’s some really exciting new work in development, preparing for a spring start. Happy Halloween, and enjoy a few site photos from a particularly special ADU that’s nearing completion.
The Mosquito and Vector Control Laboratory is up and running. The remodeled building converted an old Sheriff’s department into an up-to-date laboratory, capable of managing the ever-increasing need to study local mosquito and insect-borne viruses. The remodel provides much needed facilities for the research and field staff, and also includes a lobby and meeting area for team meetings and local outreach and education. All the best to the great team at MVC! It’s been a pleasure working with you and we hope you love the new lab.
Habitat’s new homes on Frederick Street are completed! At a lovely ceremony, the Mayor of Santa Cruz and David Foster, the Director of Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay, presented the new home owners with their keys. Over the last 18 months, so many people have come together to donate their time and services to make these homes a reality. It was our privilege to meet many of the amazing volunteers at the ceremony, and to help welcome the new families home. We are proud to be the Architects for such a great project!
“Staff feels honored to work in such a beautiful space.”
“People love to come in the building, just to see what we do; the building works for people. We also see people coming here to ask for help “self calming” in the space.”
“People feel truly at home in this space.”
The US Green Building Council is publishing an article about the Live Oak Resource Center, five years after completion. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to receive some invaluable feedback about this LEED certified, green building and how it has performed over the years. Here are some of the wonderful reviews.
It’s been a great summer with lots of projects on site. The Stewart, Mendivil and Crabbe Remodels are complete and look amazing! Construction on Habitat for Humanity on Frederick Street is well underway. The reception area at Emeline is almost complete. Check out some of the things we have been working on.
Jacquie just got back from Mexico. Check out her latest sketches.
Jacquie recently attended the Passive House California 2015 conference in Palo Alto. Passive House represents today’s highest energy standard, with the aim of reducing the energy consumption of buildings by up to 80%. When combined with renewable energy systems, such as solar, Passive House design can create Net Zero Buildings. For more information check out: http://passivehousecal.org/what-passive-house. The conference covered a range of aspects of environmental design. Dr Urge-Vorsatz, a UN expert on climate change, gave a global overview, while other lectures introduced tools like Declare’s red-list, an on-line resource for assessing building products & materials, http://www.declareproducts.com.
We had a great time at the conference. Lots of design and discussion, and visits to the beach. Really impressed by Pae White’s art: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/artist-pae-white-los-angeles-studio-article, and Interstice Architects urban installations. All in the setting of Julia Morgan’s stunning Asilomar Conference Grounds.
Here are the latest photos from the Fabrikant Remodel. Thanks to Applelane Construction for their beautiful work, and Justin Fabrikant for the stunning furniture design. We are all proud to be a part of building this spacious and peaceful home. The clients have moved in and report that “he awakens here in the mornings feeling that he is on vacation”.
It has been a busy spring! Several projects are nearing completion, and many new projects are well underway. The Hapner and Fabrikant Residences and the Koch ADU are completed and looking amazing. The County accessibility project is finished and open for business. The Mosquito and Vector Control Laboratory and the Emeline reception areas are designed and being brought to bid. And there are some really exciting new residential projects moving through different stages of the design and permitting process.