I was attracted at the opportunity to be at the start of brand concept work that saw the need for design to be a catalyst for this change. My team had a lot of learnings from our various layout, service model, and material experiments. To provide some data behind this and take bias out I initiated data driven visual insights to better understand our guest experience and inform empirical decisions regarding design and layout. I then created Baseline Drawings, 3-part MasterSpec Specification template, Signage family catalogue, and Supplemental Information Manual to be used as a starting point for all projects and resource for CM’s and Operations. To further this exercise and get approval from our senior leaders I developed an interactive website to visually understand the kit of parts and refined baseline design.
At Red Robin I refined the transformation design started in 2012 to help reinforce their effort to create three distinct zones in their dining space to meet needs of increased bar and beverage sales, dedicated family space, and open mixed configurable space. To reinforce this I defined standard operating procedures to streamline a design process with intent to achieve 150 transformations in FY 15.
"Linking cognitive science to architectural experience"
Instructor Meredith Banasiak - Graduate
Scientist are now able to explore and characterize the functioning human brain and its response to environmental stimuli. By gaining a greater awareness of the reciprocal relationship between humans and the environment, including how social and individual behavior is reflected in and influenced by the environment, designers have the ability to apply this knowledge and methodologies which probe this relationship to the design and building process. As a result, in the last few decades, quick service restaurants have become more abundant throughout the modern world.
As a culture, quick-serve restaurants represent instant gratification of basic needs. However, many patrons are often stressed, impatient, and/or confused by their overall experience. This video and research paper explores the psychological aspects causing impatience and frustration within the quick-serve setting with a case study exemplifying an approach to resolve these issues.
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RTD Light Rail Platform Design
7,386 Total SF
(1,872 SF Workshop + Garage)
Bow Mar, Colorado
Collaboration with Richard Henry, RA
Overlooking Bow Mar Lake, this site was once used as a private hunting and fishing retreat by Lloyd and Eleanor King. This custom residence places a modern twist on some of the prairie-style architectural themes found throughout the neighborhood. Three bays progressively group the first floor spaces from public to private use. Clerestory windows and roof drainage channels flank both sides of the center bay further accentuating the horizontal elements.
1,000± SF - 3,000± SF
$100,000 - +$1 Million
Colorado | New Mexico | California
Involved with +20 ground-up, remodels, and mall/in-line locations throughout the southwest region. Design intent based on prototypical drawings with adaptations for local energy, site, and architectural control requirements. Managed client relationships and separate design review with corporate stakeholders and franchisees alike. Re-branding is critical for national franchise establishments to maintain a consistent brand image.
This space was located adjacent to a busy intersection on the far corner of a multi-tenant building. Vibrant colors and lights were used to attract visitors. The floating soffits with recessed rope cove lights took advantage of the high ceiling space in this narrow footprint to create a dramatic experience. The initial color scheme was already utilized by a competitor, alternate color schemes were explored with the clients final decision shown. Even with tinted glass and remote condensers for the yogurt machines, additional cooling was introduced to offset the heat load produced by the large southern windows.
3,500 SF (2,381 SF Basement)
Wheat Ridge, Colorado
____Core and shell remodel of a former auto service building constructed in the 1950's with steel structure, CMU infill, and concrete double-tee roof and floors. The intent was to upgrade the building services (electrical, water, gas, sewer) and exterior facade elements to attract potential tenant(s). Site work updates include CDOT permit for removing one and aligning the remaining existing access curb cuts, landscaping, and new trash enclosure. Exterior facade updates include a new roof, building finish materials, and a roof tower element to attract attention and provide for additional signage. Interior updates include continuous insulation to comply with current energy codes and interior steel framing.
Multi-tenant core and shell building on 0.65 acre lot. Design consisted of classic white ground face CMU with a rustic western gold split face CMU base and white precast concrete parapet cap.
Firestone | Holyoke | Keenesburg, Colorado
Site analysis for over 20 site iterations to determine the most feasible locations for full turn-key build out. These ground up developments required neighborhood meetings, planning, and zoning commission hearings before proceeding into the construction document phase. Based on prototypical information, these buildings were adapted to local energy requirements and coordinated with vendor specific metal building manufacturers. Critical opening deadlines were met to satisfy the client developer and corporate stakeholder Family Dollar Stores.
Swept Path Analysis
Government Agency Submittals
It is critical to provide client-centric data to assess potential development impacts on a site early in the conceptual stage. Providing nimble and focused information graphically helps address the potential strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats of a site.
30± Acres (185,00 SF anchor, 1-2 AC pad site, 1,200-10,000 SF in-line)
Proposed future neighborhood center has been annexed by the City of Longmont and they have explored several conceptual designs for possible anchor tenants. Annexation planning documentations were developed consisting of traffic, drainage, neighborhood comparability, and infrastructure extension. In addition, design guidelines and conceptual renderings were developed to further define the design intent.
University of Colorado - Denver
Littleton Historic Preservation Board Member (2015-Present)
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
La Junta, Colorado
Instructor Ekaterini "Kat" Vlahos - Graduate
To gain an understanding of current pressures on Colorado ranching communities, through this studio we interpreted the vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes associated with ranches. Focusing on historical preservation of actual ranching communities. As a group we created a record through writing, drawings, and photography so these historic ranches can use it as a tool to pursue other preservation possibilities.
Various creative endeavors