We are honored that Roaring Fork Fire Rescue Station 45 in Snowmass Village, Colorado earned the highest level of distinction by the Firehouse Magazine Station Design Awards, which recognizes outstanding architecture and design from fire departments nationwide. Winners were selected by a panel of seven judges, including a fire chief, a fire chief/architect, a fire engineer/architect and four architects specialized in fire station designs. To read more about the award and project, click here.
This fall we took our entire team away from our daily routines, and into the classroom to learn, have open discussions, get inspired, and forge our way into better project management. It was a big undertaking and something we all were excited to take part in. Something Charles has always believed in and encouraged, is advancement and growth. Whether it be new software, hardware and/or training, CCA stays abreast of changes in our industry and fosters continual growth.
The business of architecture is ever-changing and it was so worthwhile to gather as a team, open our minds to new and better ways of managing our projects, and discuss what will work within our firm’s specific culture. We’re always learning and appreciate the opportunity to better our work processes, and take that efficiency to our clients. Cheers to always growing and always learning!
Projects that benefit the local community are among our favorite project types, so we were incredibly proud to work with the Town of Snowmass Village and the dedicated fire fighters and first responders, to design the new state-of-the-art Roaring Fork Fire Rescue Station 45. The new 30,000 sf two-story facility facility provides for the needs of the Fire Department, as well as providing for public interaction, with 7 new apparatus bays, 8 on-duty crew quarters, 6 resident firefighter apartments, administrative offices, a training/community room, numerous specialized support spaces, and a state of the art training tower.
The building utilizes low sloping roofs, allowing a lower building height and horizontal visual appearance, that respects the neighborhood context. Large glazed openings further natural light and views, and have generous overhangs which provide weather and sun protection. The overall massing is articulated by building elements with varying heights and materials, which break down the scale of the large building visually and provides an attractive contemporary appearance. The material palette includes a complimentary combination of natural hues and low maintenance materials of stone, metal and composite panel siding, metal fascias and wood timber columns, which compliments the architectural context of Snowmass Village, and provides a fitting image for this important new public facility.
“The men and women who serve this department and our town risk their lives to protect the people and land,” says Charles Cunniffe. “We wanted to build the best possible structure with the best design solutions/spaces for them to train, work, and relax in.
Congratulations to our incredible team for earning an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado ‘Award of Excellence’ for the St Mary Catholic Church historic renovation. CCA teamed up with an outstanding group of expert designers, engineers, artisans, builders, and craftsman who worked with us to transform one of Aspen’s most iconic structures. A big ‘thank you’ also to the St Marys parrish for entrusting us with this project!
In addition to this incredible honor, our Virginia Placer affordable housing project also won an American Institute of Architects Colorado ‘Award of Distinction’. Designing affordable housing is a passion of ours, as housing in our beautiful yet remote mountain towns, is increasingly expensive. By utilizing clever design strategies, durable materials, maximizing passive solar and ventilation and focusing on livability and wellness, our affordable housing projects are some of our most rewarding work. Thank you to the Town of Telluride – it has been great partnering with you on this important work!
In this month’s issue of Luxe, the magazine asked Charles for his top three Colorado buildings (besides his own) that meet the CCA standard of excellence for sustainability and legacy.
His selects? The Aspen Chapel, Aspen Meadows Resort, and Colorado State Capitol Building. What’s the common thread? “Clients who are interested in sustainability and legacy in terms of building something properly the first time,” Cunniffe says. “A lot of projects look great in photographs, but the difference is in the details – the way the light comes through, the connection to the outdoors, and the spirit of place a building evokes when you’re actually in it. Any project that brings those things into play is what we gravitate to.”
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One of our favorite non-profits in the Roaring Fork Valley is the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). When Nick came to us and said he was designing a Pollinator for Rock Bottom Ranch, we were so elated. Nick’s work dovetails the additional projects we’ve been lucky enough to be involved in, notably the ACES Treehouse. Check out Nick’s incredible work!
“I’ve been so fortunate enough to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies throughout the years. Function + Form were instinctively intertwined in this unique project to provide habitat for native bees and other pollinators. This structure will find its permanent home in the children’s garden at ACES @ Rock Bottom Ranch to support their regenerative agricultural education program.“
Throughout the year, we take time to celebrate our team, by getting outside to enjoy our amazing surroundings. Whether its an overnight hut trip, an afternoon skiing on Aspen Mountain or a fun kickball game in the park, CCA is always up for a good time! Last week we gathered our team and their families for a fun afternoon at Heron Park. Thanks to Hickory House (an Oprah Winfrey favorite, in case you haven’t heard), we were well fed! Park games, the beauty of the river, a stocked cooler and an amazing group of people led to the best afternoon of summer.
Without the support of the families who love our team members, we couldn’t create the work we do. Thank you to the wives, husbands, parents, children, spouses, significant others, roommates and friends (and pets!). It truly takes a village!
When the CCA team was invited to preview the Bauhaus Exhibit at Aspen Meadows, we jumped at the chance. Bauhaus, a radical 20th century art school in Germany, came to Colorado when one of its star students, architect Herbert Bayer, moved to Aspen in 1946. Bayer, who lived in Aspen for nearly three decades, restored buildings, designed homes, and created poster art to invite skiers to the then sleepy mountain town.
The Bauhaus Exhibit offers walking tours, exhibitions, gallery shows, talks, art workshops, musical performances and pays homage the the school––and Bayer’s––impact on our town. The year long exhibit starts Sunday, August 4. To see a list of events, click here. To read more about the Bayer and Bauhaus, click here.
We’re always excited to share the latest happenings at CCA, as we complete the most rewarding projects, take on new and exciting work, are published in design publications and receive accolades for our team’s hard work.
Thank you to Aspen Magazine / Modern Luxury for featuring one of our favorite wine cellars in their summer issue. Star Mesa was an exciting project, where the client charged our team to completely reinvent their home by Christmas, so their extended family could gather. 11 months was all we had to design and build the home, and we did it! Every single person in the office had a part – even the non-architects – and we were so happy when they arrived, unpacked and started celebrating. There are just some projects that really drive home, why we love this business. Star Mesa was one of them.
Featured in the summer issue, is the wine cellar. Just steps from this home’s great room, dining room and game room, an ascending staircase with steps handcrafted from antique white oak leads to a grand entry punctuated by a pair of cut Colorado buff sandstone columns adorned with natural ox horn lamps. Glass and wood pocket doors open to an opulent rotunda that houses a tasting table and space for over 1,100 bottles. To see the story, click here!