Boulder’s green building codes have been some of the most rigorous in the county since the City began their Green-points program in 2007, and the County with Buildsmart in 2088. Every few years, each municipality implements a code update and the green building codes have been the most aggressive area of change. Read the full article here.
For many years it seemed if you wanted to be environmentally friendly it meant you had to compromise on beauty, functionality, or pay an exorbitant premium. Not so any more. So how do you make your kitchen as healthy and green as possible? Enjoy the full article here...
Not since the invention of the nail gun has the construction industry encountered so many technological development that are revoluctionizing - and streamlining - how builders design, construct and renovate buildings. Read the full article here...
Scott Rodwin, AIA, is an architect, but his No. 1 mantra in the design and construction business is “respect the builder”. Maybe that’s not such as surprise because, in addition to his architecture firm, Rodwin Architecture, he owns a construction company called Skycastle Construction. Read the full interview here...
Pet owners all know the fear and uncertainty of realizing their animal is sick. It can be hard to determine what’s wrong and whether it’s serious enough to warrant a trip to the vet. According to Dr. Fern Slack, cofounder of Uniquely Cats Veterinary Center, cats can be especially difficult to diagnose because of their evolutionary position on the food chain. “Cats are predators, but they’re also small prey, and small prey animals all obey one behavioral rule: If you’re sick, you don’t act sick until you absolutely cannot hide it anymore,” explained Slack, a veterinary physician who has worked solely with felines since 1993. “The minute you act sick in the wild, you have a target on your back.” Read more here.
We are pleased to announce that Brandon David, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA, has become a Co-Owner in Skycastle and additionally has been named a Principal of Rodwin Architecture. He has earned this through his dedication to his clients, the integrity with which he does business, and the quality he instills in all his projects. Brandon has been with the firm for 14 years and was instrumental in creating every aspect of how we do business. He has been the steady hand on the helm running all of our day-to day operations, as well as guiding our long-term vision and leading our amazing team. Brandon is an expert in sustainable design and has been recognized nationally as one of Builder Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. Some of his notable projects include the Boulder Area Realtor Association Offices, Japango Sushi, Tara Waldorf High School, Montbell’s new Denver flagship store, and Uniquely Cats Veterinary Clinic, as well as numerous award-winning green homes. He has over 20 years of construction experience and a Degree in Environmental Design from CU; this gives him the rare balance of design & construction skills that is necessary to create Skycastle’s extraordinary projects.
You’ve probably heard the horror stories from friends at a party as they tell you about their construction project headaches: Budgets blown. Schedules shot. Questionable quality. And lawsuits. Oh, the joy of building. Sometimes it sounds like the only thing worse would be trying to do it yourself. But there are plenty of success stories too – they just don’t make for as good a story. Here’s what you need to know to improve your chances for a happy outcome.
Tim Hoefling has been a site supervisor with Skycastle Construction for the past 5 years (Happy Anniversary!). With nearly 40 years of experience, Tim is known for his tireless work ethic and genuine, friendly, straight-forward manner. He's the first and last guy on the site every day, and he treats every project as his own. He's a key member of our design/build team, and makes the potentially stressful construction process a pleasure. Knowing Tim is on the job helps us all sleep better.
Tim was also a serious alpinist with climbs in the French and Swiss Alps, and also an early proponent of telemarking on high mountain descents. These days, keeping up with the young Rodwin architectural staff on a snowboard is challenge enough.
The 3300 s.f. Dineen Residence is nestled into a forested hillside glade above Boulder, and combines old world materials with clean contemporary lines. Big southern windows create a strong passive solar design. The Great room features 12 ft tall ceilings, a see-through fireplace, and oversized French doors leading out to flagstone patios. The dining room includes a stunning chandelier and connects directly to the sunny gourmet kitchen. The expansive mudroom is perfect for pets, kids and gardening mess. The second floor features an expansive study/rec room with a large deck to capture the huge views of the forest and plains. Radiant concrete floors, a solar electric PV system and excellent insulation are achieved a HERS 32 (uses 68% less energy than allowed by code).
We are honored to announce that Kirsten Snobeck, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP has been promoted to Principal at Rodwin Architecture. She is the first employee to ever become a Principal and it is a testament to her 10 years of dedicated and distinguished work at our firm. She has contributed to most of the projects that have come out of our office and was a lead designer on some of our best and most sustainable homes (including LEED Platinum and “regenerative” homes). She had a key role on both the Columbine and Whittier Elementary Schools, served on Boulder’s Historic Landmark Board and has a passion for architectural preservation and green building. For the last 7 years she has co-taught our signature seminar, “Understanding the Rules for Building in Boulder” to 700 local realtors, and has helped guide countless property owners and buyers through the complex Boulder process. In 2015, AIA Colorado North Chapter awarded her “Associate of the Year” and in 2016 she was named one of “Boulder Valley’s 40 Under 40”, recognizing her incredible talent and her contributions to excellent architectural design in Boulder County.
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.
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
We are proud to be a sponsor of the 3rd Boulder Green Home Tour, Saturday, September 30th, from 10am-4pm. Jocelyn in our office has been helping to organize the event hosted by the Colorado Green Building Guild. The tour showcases some of Boulder’s best new custom green homes, plus a tiny home and the Nyland and Washington Village Cohousing communities. Grab your tickets, and come get an inside look at these fantastic homes. Our Principal Scott Rodwin will be giving a pre-tour “Green Building 101” lecture and Q&A [get your tix here] on Sept. 14th (5:30-7:30pm). The tour is donating 10% of its proceeds to Flatirons Habitat for Humanity. And don’t miss the kick-ass after-party open to all at The Southern Sun on the 30th from 3:30-5:30 pm. Check out the website for details and we’ll see you there!
Meet Kirsten Snobeck, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP. 10 years ago we were incredibly fortunate to have her join our staff. She is our Senior Associate and has contributed to most of the projects that have come out of our office over the last decade. She was the lead designer on some of our best and most sustainable homes (including LEED Platinum and “regenerative” homes) and had a key role on both the Columbine and Whittier Elementary Schools. She served on Boulder’s Historic Landmark Board and has a passion for architectural preservation. For the last 7 years she has co-taught our signature seminar, “Understanding the Rules for Building in Boulder” to 700 local realtors, and has helped guide countless property owners and buyers through the complex Boulder process. In 2015, AIA Colorado North Chapter awarded her “Associate of the Year” and in 2016she was named one of “Boulder Valley’s 40 Under 40”, recognizing her incredible talent and her contributions to excellent architectural design in Boulder County.
If you’ve never been to Open Studios, it’s one of the best things in Boulder. 120 of our local artists (including Scott Rodwin) open their studios to the public. Meet the artists, learn about their creative process, and support our local arts scene by buying directly from the artist. The event is Oct. 7-8 & 14-15 from noon-6pm. Get your FREE map and go on an art treasure hunt. You can get a preview of all the artists at the Opening Reception reception Friday, Oct. 6th – 6-8pm.