In the Works – Greg Macik

In our next series of post each of our team members will post about the projects they are currently work on.

It has been an exciting time for TAB Associates the last two years. We have grown from 3 to 8 team members and have expanded with a new office in North Carolina.

We have always kept our portfolio of projects wide covering all aspects of Architecture. Current project lists include Educational, Resort, Commercial, Single family and multi-family Residential and Master Planning projects.

Personally, as Principal Architect in the Edwards office I have been here to help guide the office as we transition to the two office company.  I have still been producing a lot of work on the board but also helping to direct the office in new marketing opportunities, staff development and just day to day operations.

Enjoy the post over the coming weeks.

Meet Our Team – CJ Spell

Hello! I am CJ, the newest member of the TAB team.  I was born and raised here in the Eagle Valley and after receiving a Bachelor’s of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado Boulder, I packed up my bags and moved to Bozeman, Montana where I earned a Masters of Architecture.  Eventually I found my way back to Colorado and spent 3 years in Fort Collins before coming back to the mountains.

Professionally I have strong interests in music performance spaces, community planning, historic preservation, and sustainable design.  In the past I have worked on a wide range of design projects from net zero energy residential developments, community music spaces, to office and mixed use buildings.  Throughout this journey I have developed a wide range of technical skills to help visualize projects in their early stages to allow for good design decisions.

In my free time you will find me on my next adventure often near a lake, with a camera, friends and fly rod in tow and when not out exploring, I will most likely be in the music studio composing songs that I swear someday I will finish.

How Architectural Elements of a Home Can Make a House Feel Like a Home

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Balance in a home is important. Balance does not have to mean symmetry; it can mean a sense or feel of balance where one element balances another element. Architectural balance is an idea that has been put forth by some Vail Valley architects in the work they do, and a recent study confirms it.

A House vs. a Home: The Balance of Vail Valley Architecture & Psychology

study in Australia revealed that one’s psychological state and association of home is directly related to architectural balance. The physical nature of a place can have a significant impact on the dweller’s perception of the place, whether the dweller deems the place a home or just a house. Here are three takeaways from this study.

  1. Traditionally, the concept of home has always been perceived as a psychological construct of our human condition taken from our personal and social lives and our memories. The home was something our minds created through what we perceived to be a home. But now, we know home is both a psychological and architectural concept. Both are intrinsically connected.
  2. Architecture impacts a person’s psyche and has a direct impact on the perception of what a home is or means. The architecture of a structure can — if designed accordingly — positively impact the occupant of the structure and create a connection with it. On the other hand, if the architecture poses no stimulation, the mind is not stimulated and a connection to the structure is not made. The structure, therefore, is just a structure, a place where one lays his or her hat, and that’s all.
  3. The balance between architectural design and psychology is what helps make a house a home. Architectural balance lends itself to this effort through the proper distribution of aesthetically appealing architectural design and elements.

Vail Valley architects work to bring balance to any house so you have yourself a home, and that’s something you live in with peace of mind. Contact TAB Associates today to assist you in the design of your dream home!

Meet Our Team – Anna Griffith

Hello world! Anna Griffith here from Tab Associates.  I have been with TAB Associates for almost a year now and feel so lucky to have found such a great team to work with.  I received my masters last spring from University of Colorado Denver and moved to the valley shortly after.  It feels so good to be back in the mountains of Colorado.

I was born and raised in Durango, Colorado and received my Bachelors from Montana State University in Bozeman.  These small mountain communities have helped shape who I am today and are a continuing reminder of what I hold dear in life.

Through my work, I aim to bring awareness and presence to the natural beauty that surrounds us.  One project I am particularly proud of is a 300sf cabin designed for the director of the Colorado Outward Bound program located in Leadville, Colorado.  Through the Colorado Building Workshop, 28 students designed and built 7 cabins over the course of a semester.  This was an incredibly rich experience which has helped shape the trajectory of my career.

 

Meet Our Team – Ivan Gonzalez

Howdy, I am Ivan Gonzalez, Project Manager at TAB Associates since 2016. I began life in the metropolitan mountainous city of Monterrey, Mexico and had the privilege of being raised in The Lone Star State, Texas. After attending Texas A&M University and graduating with a Bachelors of Environmental Design, I spent some time working with a medium sized commercial architecture firm in Houston.

An opportunity for a lifestyle change presented itself and I jumped on it like a dog on a bone! I have been in the Valley a few months shy of two years and have been loving it! Being able to learn and contribute to the growth of the valley has been an incredible experience and I feel very fortunate to be working with committed, talented and imaginative minds (both in our office and the teams we collaborate with). Since moving to Colorado I have been enjoying this thing people around here call “snow”, as well as trying to indulge in the lush Colorado forests by way of camping and hiking. During college I got to experience living in Barcelona and got acquainted with several other European countries and cultures, and ever since then I try to keep traveling to new cities and places (foreign and within the US) to continue expanding my knowledge of other cultures and the human interaction across the world.

Since working at TAB Associates I have been able to work on different building types that have greatly contributed to my building construction experience. Upon first arriving at TAB I helped work on some Wendy’s restaurants located in the greater Denver area as well working in construction administration for the remodels of some of the Roaring Fork’s middle and elementary schools and the relocation of ECSD Transportation and I.T. departments in Gypsum. In addition to this I have also worked on a small, off-the-grid cabin near Piney Lake in Vail. Most recently my time has been going into the Red Sandstone Parking Garage that will be opening for the Town of Vail at the end of the year. It is an exciting time to be working at TAB with a variety of project types and clients we are working on, it is extremely exciting to be able to contribute to the development, growth and physical change of the Eagle Valley. Stop on by and say “Hi!” anytime!

 

 

Meet Our Team – James McDonough

Valerie and I moved from Crystal Lake, Illinois to Eagle, Colorado in 2015.  We came to be closer to our kids. We came to ditch the untenable economy of Illinois. We came without jobs and took time off to explore our new world. We came to get away from urban stress. We came to the mountains.

And we love it here.

I didn’t work for the first year I was here.  I had never taken that much time off, but I fought through the guilt and golfed, fished, babysat my granddaughter and just putzed around the house.  It was great.  In the fall of 2016, I was invited to play golf with a group of guys who I mostly didn’t know.  On our way over Cottonwood Pass the driver, Patrick, pipes up … “so James” he askes “ what do you do?”

“Well I don’t do anything,” (Yea, a smart-ass reply because that was what I was doing then)

“OK, what did you used to do?” Patrick persists.

“I’m an architect” I replied, “I designed and built schools in Illinois for 25 years”

“You have to meet Tab Bonidy! He’s got the Eagle schools”

And so I did.  I met Tab and Greg and started at TAB Associates in December of 2016.  Who would of thunk it?  We quit our jobs, sold our house, picked up all our toys and moved to this incredible place, and I land a job doing what I built my career from and love.  Designing and building schools. Go figure.

In Illinois, I helped Boards of Education and School Administrators through needs analysis, visioning, programing, budgeting and successful community referendums.  From there, I led architectural teams through design and construction of school projects.  At TAB, I provide construction administration for the projects while they are being built;  In the trenches, working with the district and contractors answering questions, reviewing products and helping make the myriad of decisions, big and little, that go into the complex, multi-use and very public building called a school.  It’s the greatest.

Thinking back, there are a lot of favorites:

Niles Township High School: A STEM Lab before STEM Labs were popular

 

Woodstock SD 200: Bringing a second HS to a small town.

 

Wauconda SD 118: The first theater in the community.

Mundelein HSD 120: I must have spent at least 15 years to finally get an addition to their High School.

Now I’m here.  Building the new schools on 3rd street where my grandchildren may attend.  Very exciting.

Valerie and I love living and working in this valley.  We golf, bowl, hike, fish, camp and try to take advantage of all the high country has to offer.  We’ve made new friends and are building new relationships.

Meet Our Team – Rachel Hill

Hello, I am Rachel Hill a Project Manager at TAB Associates.  I have been with the company for a year and a half and adventuring in Colorado for the past five years.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Mississippi State University. After I graduated I started working for a local non-profit on the Mississippi Gulf Coast teaching under privileged women general construction and trades skills. This experience helped me gain hands on experience with the construction process as well as onsite architectural detailing. It was this unique experience that helped shape me into a well-rounded designer. I am currently LEED Green Associate certified while I am also working towards completing my architecture licensure exams.

I enjoy working on a variety of different architypes throughout my career, which has created a wide range in my design background with a concentration in hospitality and multifamily design in resort communities. I have been a key design team member on numerous resort villages, hotels, condominiums, retail stores, and restaurants. While at TAB Associates I have been focusing on K-12 educational architecture in the High Rockies of Colorado. Most recently, I lead the project team as we wrapped up the design phases for an extensive renovation and addition at Red Sandstone Elementary School (Vail, CO) and will continue to watch the project take shape as it heads into construction. What I find so unique about educational architecture is how rewarding and personal the experience feels. The students, faculty, and staff are so enthralled and excited about the entire experience that their energy really has a way of inserting itself into the design. My attention to detail and organization skills make me an asset to any team especially in the later phases of design and throughout construction. However, it’s really in the conceptual stages of design that I enjoy watching an idea take shape and form into the building it will become.

While not at the office, I enjoy traveling and getting out to explore the wonderful opportunities that living in Colorado provides. While I moved to the Colorado mountains for the winter activities, summer is my favorite Colorado season. My hobbies include hiking, kayaking, skiing, yoga, painting, and eating quesadillas. And you can always find me cheering on my Mississippi State Bulldogs, Hail State!

How to Choose the Right Window Treatments for Your Home

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In general, the homes we design are done so with no window coverings in the main rooms of the home.  We believe the outside environment should be brought inside and that God provides the art, en plein air art, if I may.

But for those rooms which need window coverings, you have so many choices when it comes to window treatments for your home. But rather than letting that overwhelm or confuse you, there are simple and effective ways to narrow down your choices and add much to your home’s decor and functionality through window treatments. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when you’re deciding on window treatments.

Style of Home

Think about the style of your home when thinking about what window treatments would be best for your home. For example, if your home is modern and sleek, you might choose something different than the window treatments in a home that’s traditional and country style.  You may want window coverings that are automated and motorize.  For your best and most satisfying results, work with Vail Valley architects who can help to streamline this process and narrow down your options.

Color of Decor

The color you typically use in your decor, your color scheme, will likely help to steer you toward the type of window treatments that are suited to your home. For example, you might choose a different window treatment if you want bold patterns than if you are using light, subtle and solid colors.

Functionality

What window treatments you choose to use will vary based on functionality, such as if you need window treatments to block out light, provide privacy and just add a special design accent to the room.

Budgetary Needs

You likely have a budget for your decorating and design, including window treatments. First, consider what budget you have to work within when deciding what window treatments would be possibilities for you. There are a surprising number of choices in a pretty wide price range.

With these tips in mind, you’ll likely be more certain about the best window treatments for you. And if you need further assistance with design, call us at TAB Associates, Inc. today to learn how we can design the home of your dreams.

Meet Our Team – Warner Hopkins

My name is Warner Hopkins, Project Manager at TAB Associates with the third installation. I was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley, attended CU Boulder, and graduated in 2005. All my life I knew I wanted to continue living in the mountains of Colorado and the Vail Valley was a perfect fit, nestled between where I grew up and cities of the Front Range. Last winter my wife and I welcomed our beautiful baby girl into our small family and most of the past year has been spent enjoying all the joy she brings to our lives. We have put down roots in this community and are looking forward to the coming years.

When I was little we had a class project where we had a map of a large plot of land along a river and we had to lay out homesites along the river and surrounding hills. Over the course of this project I realized what I wanted to be when I grew up. In the summers of high school and college I worked at a local Construction Company, this helped pay for my tuition while also giving me a strong background in how things actually go together. While I had always been able to read maps and understand directions, seeing how all the lines on the paper came together to create a home was experience I will never forget.

In the past few years the main focus of the office has been on the commercial side of the business and this has been a personal learning experience, as up until a few years ago I had been primarily focused on the residential side. One moment I chuckle at was when I realized we had been awarded the project and were about to start work on my old Elementary, Middle, and High Schools back in the Roaring Fork Valley. While circumstances didn’t allow major participation in those projects, I was able to help periodically. With this and all the school work I have done in the past few years, I have a feeling of my story coming full circle with helping to create a learning space for the next generation in the same environment in which I realized what I wanted to be when I grew up. Perhaps we have helped them realize their dreams.

Meet Our Team – Tab Bonidy

Second post in a series introducing me, Tab Bonidy, President of TAB Associates, Inc.  We have three grandkids in Charlotte, NC and one in Bluffton, SC.

This prompted my wife to request we move to the mountains of western North Carolina.  She figured the only way to get me out of the mountains of Colorado would be to move me to more mountains in North Carolina.  So we bought an 18 acres parcel on Bearwallow Mountain six tenths of a mile down a dirt road on Justus Case Mountain Place off Bearwallow Mountain Road.  We built a barn on the property with a one bedroom apartment on the second floor.  We are currently living in the apartment and barn with our two dogs, four birds, two chickens and a rooster.  Fresh eggs are a wonderful thing.  The grandkids want us to get some goats, but that is down the road a little bit.

I designed a home for the property and it is currently under construction.  This is my fourth home I have built for myself including the barn.   I said years ago that someone would have to drag me kicking and screaming to leave Colorado since I have been there since 1984.  You know what they say, the wife has the stuff and I got to follow the stuff.  Well so far it has been a good change.  I am currently opening a satellite office in Hendersonville, NC.  It should be completed by the middle to end of April.   I also fly back to Colorado once a month to take care of the financial end of the business.  So I guess I haven’t left Colorado completely.  I still enjoy my friends and skiing and hunting.

The three fundamentals of our business is why I started TAB Associates, Inc.  They are to create good architecture, to make money and to have fun.  The third reason is probably the most important of the three.  We make it our mission for us and our clients to have fun in the process.  It is most instrumental in our process. If you ask any of our clients, they will tell you how they enjoyed the process and the final results.  Their final joy is to live in the results of the process.  They were part of the entire process from Conceptual Design through Construction Documents.  They therefore understand why the built environment is what it is.  This is all part of the success over the years of TAB Associates, Inc.