What to Expect at the AIA 2013 National Convention

Every discipline and study, typically, has a board of highly-trained professionals and members of academia that set base standards for the practice; Architecture is one of them. The upcoming AIA National Convention will be offering an array of informative keynote speakers, tours, and educational seminars.

Colin Powell will round out AIA 2013 with a speech on leadership.
Colin Powell will round out AIA 2013 with a speech on leadership and facing challenges.

If you’ve been wondering who will be gracing the stage at this year’s AIA National Convention, here is a brief preview of a few of the speakers and seminars to expect.

Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS, is the opening keynote speaker who will address entrepreneurial leadership focusing on humanitarianism. His concept of giving a pair of shoes to in-need children for every pair of his brand sold turned from a singular concept to a global movement.

Cameron Sinclair will speak about the architectural profession, as a whole, and how those in the profession can make a difference by taking on global projects and ensuring the results have a long-lasting and positive effect on the future.

Leadership will be the focus of General Colin Powell in the closing keynote speech. General Powell will reflect on the challenges and benefits of being a leader.

Guests will have access to approximately 160 seminars to choose from as well as preconvention workshops and self-guided educational tours.

Staying current with trending styles in modern architecture is an on-going responsibility of architects. Such is the case with the team at TAB Associates, Inc. whose goal is to always be in the forefront with the latest information available regarding trends in Colorado architecture as well as providing up-to-date options for planning and interior designs.

LEED Gold Project Spotlight: Navarro-Wear Residence

Picture above, The Navarro Wear Residence is one of the LEED Gold projects completed by TAB.
Picture above, The Navarro Wear Residence is one of the  certified LEED Gold projects completed by TAB.

Here at TAB Associates, we specialize in The Architectural Balance and catering projects of our clients’ needs. One such example of our versatility in planning and customization is the is the Navarro-Wear residence project, which is LEED Gold Certified.

The LEED – Leadership in Energy and Design – rating system was first developed in 1998. The rating system sets the bar for homes, neighborhoods, and green buildings in terms of construction, performance, design and operation.

There are four levels of LEED achievement: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each level has a required number of points that can be earned from five categories in various sustainability categories.

The Navarro-Wear residence is a prime example of incorporating green options such as rooftop photovoltaic collectors, solar thermal collectors, exceptional insulation using R-30+ and R-50+ for walls and roof, and a continuous flow of fresh air via air-to-air heat exchangers.

With the LEED gold certification, the Navarro-Wear project became part of an elite group of certified buildings that include the illustrious Empire State Building.

If you have any questions about custom architecture and planning, please contact TAB Associates, Inc. at (970) 766-1470 today!

Call on TAB Associates, Inc. for Your Architectural Needs

When it comes to Colorado architecture firms that can efficiently handle new residential and commercial structures, renovations, additions, and interior design by offering the utmost in attention to detail, style and vision,  the professionals at TAB Associates, Inc.can turn your dreams into reality.

Call on TAB Associates, Inc.for Your Architectural Needs
TAB Associates should be your first stop for residential and commercial architectural needs.

With more than 30 years experience, the architects at TAB Associates understand the importance of maintaining a positive balance for each client in terms of budget, requirements, and the initial vision the client wants reflected in the project. At TAB, the goal isn’t to create what the architect wants but ideally to design and implement the original concept of the client.

TAB architects undertake many types of projects from master planning, from the mid-rise complex of villas at The Ocean Club in Flamingo Bay, Costa Rica, to the addition of a 2-bay garage for Eagle-Vail Metro District Pumphouse which is used for storage and equipment.

Staff also provide interior services providing a wealth of expertise in interior remodeling and renovation options such as those used in the Marcus townhome project, where two townhomes were combined into one dwelling.

TAB Associates, Inc. is located at 0056 Edwards Village Boulevard, Suite 210 in Edwards, approximately a two-hour drive west of Denver.

Image via TAB Associates

Fine Art Spotlight: Carrie Fell

A refreshing inspiration to the world of art can be found in the artwork by Carrie Fell. Her attention to expressive details complimented by a harmony  of colors evoke thought provoking and visually appealing pieces that satisfy both the mind and spirit.

Fine Art Spotlight: Carrie Fell
Inspire yourself with the artwork of Carrie Fell.

Fell’s Wisdom Bringers collection is a prime example of her focus and ability to tap into the history of the west and bring the elements of nature along with the spirit of the people and wisdom of the animals that made, and still make, our journey one of meaning.

In her artwork, you will see strong influences of Native Americans, western cattle ranchers and cowboys, landscapes, horses and buffaloes in an original and imaginative manner that present themselves clearly to the observer. Each piece speaks volumes without being garish or overdone and sends a message of peace, serenity and understanding.

To see a sampling of Fell’s work, visit Carriefell.com for a preview of originals and limited editions available for purchase.

If you are planning to upgrade or renovate your home or office or redo the interior to reflect a newly acquired piece of artwork, consider using the architectural services of TAB Associates, Inc. whose professional staff will turn your vision into a stunning reality.

Major Architectural Trends for 2013

Architectural trends are a helpful tool for getting the lay of the land in your industry. Because, what could be as helpful as the creative point of view of others who share your passion? And in 2013, there are many architectural trends that will be prominent in this new year.

Major Architectural Trends for 2013
2013 is a new year for innovative architectural designs.

One area busy homeowners and business owners share is the need for quality construction with low maintenance materials. Durability in the materials used is a vital element in low maintenance architecture as it decreases the frequency of replacing, repairing, and upgrading the structure.

With the housing market the way it is, not many people are looking to sell their homes and buy new ones in 2013. This is where home extensions come into play. Extensions and conversions can not only add versatility to homes and accommodate growing families, but they also increase the home’s value.

Vintage architecture has its place in the modern world. It is a link to the past, a part of history, and adds an element of continuity to a neighborhood.  Preserving these structures will be a positive issue going forward in 2013.

In Colorado, TAB Associates, Inc. stays current on what’s new in styles, design,  and durable materials to provide a plan of action that reflects a client’s individual vision.