NRA Whittingto Center – Raton, NM

Of the various building typologies that come through TAB, museums are some of the most rewarding. The design and construction of museum type spaces is fascinating because we have the ability to set the stage for the sharing of knowledge through history, for several generations to come.

Located in the outskirts of Raton, NM, TAB is working on the design of an addition and expansion for the NRA Whittington Center. The NRA Whittington Center is currently home to decade’s worth of firearms, ammunition and other American war memorabilia. Not only is the NRA Whittington Center a collection of relics, it is also a premier facility for hunting, shooting and outdoor recreation with 17 gun ranges dispersed over 30,000 acres. This facility offers ranges and training for several shooting disciplines and for all age groups. With the original facility founded in 1973, the time has come for preparation for the future. In our collaboration with the NRA Whittington Center, we will be adding roughly 6,800 SF of new museum floor space to the current building, which houses the existing museum, library, administration and office spaces, as well as a pro shop. The new Whittington center design will allow for a bigger museum space that will house more historical collections, allow for an expansion of the current pro shop store, as well as giving the Whittington Center staff more space for their current staffing and storage needs. Currently, we are moving through conceptual and schematic design steps and are looking to complete the design in spring of 2019. Once completed, the new NRA Whittington Center will be better armed (no pun intended) to educate and inform the public, and will continue to be a resource for common citizens as well as members of law enforcement and the military.

Meet Our Team – Luis Vazquez

Hello, my name is Luis Vazquez. I was born in Mexico City however, my family and I immigrated to the U.S. when I was only two years old in 1997. I grew up in Denver, Colorado and would eventually leave to pursue a degree in architecture at the University of Arizona.

I was first really introduced to architecture through a high school internship program, in which I built models for a local Denver firm. Despite my limited involvement, I learned a lot and saw the kinds of things that happened on a day to day basis in an architecture firm. I was hooked and I knew this was the field that I would pursue.

During my time spent in Tucson studying I would find myself thinking not only about the people I left behind in Colorado but the state itself. I missed the mountains and experiencing all four seasons in one day. I would often go camping or hiking, and I missed the people that I had left behind. It became clear to me that I would return to live and work in Colorado.

Returning home from college I took some time off to reconnect with friends and family. The job search commenced and I was offered a position at TAB associates and it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up especially once I saw how beautiful the valley is. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, reading, video games, drawing, and jamming out on guitar with friends along with the usual outdoor activities that being in Colorado offers someone.

Now moving forward I’m working on my getting my architecture license and learning as much as I can. My hope is to one day redesign the house that I grew up in which my parents still own as well becoming a capable architect in my own right. I see myself in Colorado for the long run however, I’m always open to whatever the future holds.

New Luxury Condos to be built near Beaver Creek Colorado

A spectacular 81 unit Condominium Building was designed on a hillside lot in Avon, Colorado.  The lot is 21 acres with 4.2 buildable acres just above Highway 6 just east of Avon Road.  The Avon Planning and Zoning Board gave us straight zoning of Multi-Family which allows 20 units per acre or 84 units maximum and a maximum height of 60 feet.  The building designed has 7 premium one bedroom units averaging 1,203 s.f. each, 39 premium two bedroom units averaging 1,485 s.f. each and 35 premium three bedroom units averaging 2,082 s.f. each.

The project name is Colorado World Resort and is being developed by a group from Denver.  The building consist of a lower level of parking including the Lobby for the project.  The Condominium units can go into the rental pool and can be rented like hotel suites.  This can be very valuable for the Ski Area Beaver Creek which is just 2.5 miles south of the site.  Shuttles are being provided to take residents to the ski areas (Vail is just 9 miles to the east) and to the Eagle County regional airport as well as Denver International Airport.

The grocery store is just over a half mile away, very walkable.  There are over a dozen restaurants within walking distance of the project.  The project consists of 275k s.f. and should cost around $75 million to build.  It has a large swimming pool and 3 spas.

This is the west middle of the building with its large second level plaza.

Here is the entry from Highway 6 in the east middle of the building.

Here is the entire building located just east of the Accent building.  It is about 660 feet long.

Three floors of condominiums above one level of parking.  The pools on the south side of the building area at the second level.

If you have any clients that are Developers that are looking for an Architect, please keep us in mind.  We will do an excellent job that will make you proud for referring us.  Please visit our website to review many other projects we have done over the 20+ years of business.  If you have any questions, please call Tab at (970) 766-1470 ext. 103.

Meet Our Team – Norman Angel

Hello, and welcome to my article! I’m Norman Angel, one of the newest members at the satellite North Carolina office! Although I haven’t had the wondrous experience of the mountains of Colorado like my colleagues, I have been subjected to a variety of different environments while growing up. I was born in New Jersey, but spent my childhood in Northwest Indiana (about two hours from Chicago), followed by enjoying my teens in Southern New Jersey (about a half an hour from Philadelphia), and my college years a few miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina. The temporary context in each place has made me into an amalgamation of a Midwesterner, a Northerner, and a Southerner which is great or horrible, depending on who you ask.

 

Growing up I have always thought I’d be an engineer like my father, but as I got closer to college I realized that creativity/imagination was essential to allow me to be happy with my career. At first glance, architecture seemed to be engineering with more attention on creativity and thus my instinct said it was the “perfect fit”. It wasn’t until my time at the University of North Carolina Charlotte’s School of Architecture that I began to realize what a perfect fit it truly was for me. It’s a place where anyone can find something to love, with the vast variety of overlapping discourses [like philosophy, theory, writing, history, et cetra]. It is an amalgamation like me, and for that I am forever in love with it.

It was after graduation when I had the fantastic opportunity of becoming a TAB Associates, Inc. team member, and it was an offer I could not, nor would not let pass me by. Since then, it has been my own slice of heaven on Earth.  Working with great, talented, sweet, and patient people, doing architecture to be proud of, and being able to be ingrained into the “family” has me waking up with a smile on my face before my eyes can even open.

 

My professional work is gaining some traction, so I may not have the wonderful experience of sharing what I have done in the architectural field, but knowing that I have experts like Tab and Greg to help me along the way, you can guarantee the work will be phenomenal! (As well as the entire team, that I have had/have not had the pleasure of working with)

As for my last tiddlywink, a peak into my personal life [aside from my “nomadic” life as aforementioned]. My heart has always thumped in excitement for ice hockey, cinema, exploring architecture, doing things with friends (like “Painting with Bob

Ross” at the Bechtler Museum in Charlotte), spending time with my family (my parents and sibling), and trying to keep my good fish friend, Carmine, happy. That brief summary is a little bit vague, but words are always limited! I hope you enjoyed reading about my colleagues and I, but I highly recommend seeing the beautiful work that goes along with us at https://tabassociates.com/!

 

Eagle Valley High School

Over the past year one of the projects I have been working on has been the Construction Administration for the Addition and Renovation of the Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum Colorado. While the school was never closed due to construction we are in the middle of the final summer push before school resumes for the 2018-2019 school year.

The school went through the demolition of an older section to make room for a new two story science wing and adjacent courtyard.

The Autoshop class was relocated offsite and the Autoshop building was removed to make room for the additional parking needed for a larger student population.

There is an entirely new building which has a little bit of everything, from a lecture hall to culinary classrooms to a CNA training room. The school is collaborating with the local community college, Colorado Mountain College, for some of the classes.

This is all in addition to extensive renovations to the locker rooms, office administration, and the library.

 

For me there is a great sense of accomplishment with collaborating with the local schools as you are helping to shape the learning environments of the future generations and perhaps working where my kids will someday attend.

-Warner Hopkins

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.

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.