WestPac Restorations, Inc. is one of the premiere restorers of World War II bomber and fighter aircraft in the country. To facilitate their move from California to Colorado, OZ designed a new maintenance and restoration facility housed in a 65,000 sf airplane hangar. In addition to restoration facilities, the building also includes assembly space and offices, and a mezzanine houses parts storage. The hangar is located on the campus of the new World War II Aviation Museum.
The design vision is for the library to serve as a ‘junction’ for the elements: Community, Sustainability, Education, Nature, Art/Culture, and Technology. This concept provides a seamless link between all of these elements, thus creating an inviting environment for stimulating thought and creating a haven for knowledge.
The 22,000 sf Basalt Regional Library will provide a gathering place for the Community to come together. This dynamic library’s sloped roof rises to the North, affording fabulous views of the mountains and overlooking the Roaring Fork River. The main stack and reading room is the central focus of the facility and the Community Room and lobby are designed for a multitude of different functions. The interior spaces allow for neighborhood assembly, educational events and the display of art. The number of mono-lingual Spanish-speaking patrons is an important aspect of the design. The library will educate the community not only by providing resource materials, but also by providing an example of sustainable design.
Located in Denver's Historic Five Points neighborhood, Blair-Caldwell is Denver Public Library's newest branch facility. The spacious two-story library includes an African American history research facility and artifacts museum. The research facility is adjacent to a grand curved staircase leading to the third-floor museum that showcases prominent Denver and Colorado African American political, cultural, and social personalities.
OZ provided remodeling services the Decker Branch for Denver Public Library. Scope of work is to update the library with new finishes, energy efficient lighting, low flow water fixtures and to convert it to a Family Style library. This involves creating new zones for the library to support the family style needs. Includes re-laying out the library collection, new circulation desk and service points, integrating RFID and self check machines, ergonomic upgrades to the staff work area , and new furniture.
OZ Architecture partnered with General Contractor Hensel Phelps to win a design competition for this $12M, 45,000 sq. ft. community resource. The project includes over 11,000 sq.ft. of exhibit space that tells stories of science and history and a custom “Digital Dome” space to for both IMAX and Planetarium programs.Community Resource Rooms, Education classrooms, Collections Archives, Shops and Administrative Offices act as supporting components.
This LEED Platinum-certified facility will act as an exhibit itself, highlighting its many resource-efficient strategies.The building is carefully sited between the heritage of Downtown Fort Collins and the natural wetlands of the Poudre River and includes extensive landscaping and outdoor exhibits.
This renovation of a 1960s Denver library branch provides a new exterior envelope and reorganizes access for pedestrians and cars. It also provides expanded reading rooms, a new children's area, additional shelving and enlarged community facilities. The roof echoes the gables found on neighborhood rooflines while giving the building a sense of human scale.
This project is a recent interpretation of "Art Deco" in a public park that focuses on the 20th Century history of Lakewood, Colorado. The large park/open space houses a collection of relocated historic structures.
The challenge was to reintroduce "Art Deco" into Lakewood's architectural history without mimicking a lost building or confusing visitors about its authenticity. The solution, was to incorporate the steps below:
1) Create a footprint too large to have been relocated here and improbable to have been a part of the original Bonfils-Stanton estate.
2) Site it on a wide plaza linking parking and pedestrian accessways to various historic structures such that it becomes a gateway, not an isolated structure.
3) Incorporate iconic forms and materials including vertical, neon signage, massive curved walls of glass block and standing seam curved roof forms.
Located on a former sugar beet field, this cultural institution harkens a new era of identity, stature and heritage for the growing community of Longmont. Embracing its agricultural roots, its setting on the Colorado's Eastern Plain, and casting a longing view towards the Rocky Mountains, the new cultural/recreation/education campus is organized around a central irrigation/drainage pond.
The site contains three buildings relating to each other in form, mass and materials, yet each is distinct and expressive of its own function. The 25,000 square-foot museum encloses a courtyard that is used as an amphitheater for events, galleries of Longmont and the St. Vrain Valley's history, short-term exhibition space, educational classrooms, an auditorium, a hands-on children's gallery, research space, carpentry and paint shops, storage, office space, a library, conference rooms, and a gift shop.
The building's forms reflect the architecturally significant, though rapidly disappearing, silos and shed structures that dot the agricultural landscape. The forms are finished in local and naturally weathering materials of buff sandstone, brick and cedar with just a hint of zinc siding. The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center preserves the area's history for all to enjoy.
The centerpiece of the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge is the Prairie Learning Center, an interpretive center that houses extensive interactive exhibits, a state-of-the-art orientation film theater, bookstore, classrooms, research laboratories, and administrative offices.
This project was the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's unprecedented restoration of 8,000 acres of rolling cornfields to native tall-grass prairie. OZ Architecture was responsible for master planning, programming, and designing the Prairie Learning Center. It includes trails, auto-tour routes, bison handling corrals, remote open-air classrooms, and a maintenance facility.
Significant sustainable design elements were utilized in this building, including daylighting, resource-efficient and non-toxic building materirals, as well as ground coupled heat pumps.