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Santa Cruz Rebuilds

In the 2020 CZU Lightning Complex Fires, our community lost over 911 homes. In 2021, we came together to build back better. It was our privilege to work with several local families to design some beautiful, custom houses that would allow them to return home. Six of these homes are already fully per

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We are moving…

After 25 years in the church on Van Ness, Boone Low Ratliff Architects is moving! We have a great new space in the old Wrigley building on the Westside. The repurposed Wrigley gum factory is now a thriving community of creators, artists, designers and makers. The uniquely large factory spaces are i

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Build Back Better

To all local design professionals and building contractors: Our community has been devastated by the CZU Lightning Complex Fire. Hundreds of people, many of them friends, have lost their homes. We have set up a FaceBook group for Santa Cruz building design professionals to come together,

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Stay Strong Santa Cruz

The CZU Lightning Complex Fire has hit our community hard. Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by this disaster. Too many of our friends and neighbors have seen their homes destroyed and damaged, or are currently under evacuation. We would like to help in any way we can and

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Wishing you all the best

All of us at Boone Low Ratliff Architects would like to send you our best wishes at this difficult time. We are all spending lots of time indoors for the foreseeable future, and we hope you are comfortable, warm and safe in your homes. Take care and we will see you soon, when this is all over. Ima

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Elkhorn Slough Outdoor Training Area

The new outdoor training center at Elkhorn Slough Preserve is up and running! The building was designed to match the visual language of traditional agricultural buildings in the Slough, with a corrugated roof and exposed structure. If you're in the area we recommend a visit to the the beautiful pres

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Changes to ADU rules brings about new opportunities for affordable housing

If you are not familiar with the term ADU or Accessory Dwelling Unit, it is the name for an attached or detached housing unit that shares the same site with another primary unit, sometimes known as a 'granny flat'. ADU's have recently been making headlines as the rules for building them across

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Elkhorn Slough to get New Amphitheater and Outdoor Classroom

Elkhorn Slough is an ecological treasure at the heart of Monterey Bay. It provides much-needed habitat for hundreds of species of plants, animals and birds. The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Elkhorn Slough Foundation work with government, community agencies and other par

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Fall Site Notes

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

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Laboratory Completed

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 faciliti

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