As the primary pedestrian/bike route between the University of Colorado Campus and the “Hill” commercial district, the underpass allows street traffic to flow unimpeded while providing pedestrians with a safe link between the Hill and campus. The use of native flagstone ties the project to the vocabulary of existing CU buildings and correlates to the existing city infrastructure.
The Cascades at Carlsbad is a “brownfield” redevelopment project on the Pecos River, converting an old Santa Fe/Burlington Northern Railroad switching yard to a new Canal Entertainment/Cultural/Recreation District adjacent to Downtown. The shaded Canal will be lined with a Science Center, the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, as well as Restaurants and Specialty Retail, laced with unique fountains and water features. Office and Residential will be located on some 2nd and 3rd floors. A new Water Park will be across the street from the Canal District.
Future phases would include an extension of the Canal to cascade into the River, as well as an Amphitheater/Marina, and Bridge across the top of the upper Tansil Dam. This new District is across the River from the Pecos Village Conference Center. OZ Architecture along with ERM and EDAW prepared the overall Urban Design Plan and detailed documents for the first phase of the Cascades project for the City of Carlsbad and the Carlsbad Department of Development.
The Republic of Rwanda and City of Kigali deployed OZ Architecture that create a conceptual master plan to supports Rwanda’s vision for the future--to become an important center of stability and development for the entire continent of Africa.
The vision has drawn global community interest, and the population of the capital city is growing rapidly. One focus was to create density urban center that accommodates anticipated growth and economic activity. A new city center incorporates sustainable housing, livable community concepts, renewable energy sources, green design and a methodology for improving conditions in the informal hillside housing settlements which captures the spirit of the new Rwandan society.
Iron Flats is a mixed-use infill development adjacent to the historic Whittier neighborhood. The project is comprised of 35,000 SF of commercial space and 27 residential units from 1,000 to 1,700 SF over underground parking. Nine of these units are live-work space. Iron Flats is an ideal urban setting with shopping and dining nearby.
The Minturn Revitalization Plan/ Vision Guide details an Urban Design Framework Plan and identifies specific public improvements including gateways, community amenities/facilities, parks, plazas, streetscape, architecture, bikeways/trails, circulation and parking improvements, way-finding and signage, and opportunity sites for infill and/or redevelopment. The Revitalization Plan sets forth a vision for the future of Minturn, and like any vision, it is dynamic and will evolve over time.
Planned for the northern border of the Orchard Town Center Retail Development, The Orchard Town Center Apartments will be comprised of two large sites along 148th Avenue in Westminster. A large courtyard building containing 244 apartment units will also house below- and at-grade parking garages and an extensive interior and exterior amenity area for residents of the development.
Seven walk-up style buildings with attached garages will be split amongst the two sites and will contain 56 rental units, to make the total unit count 300 and the gross area approximately 325,000 square feet.
The design of the courtyard building will honor the main pedestrian axis of the existing retail center by incorporating a 12 foot tall pedestrian “Paseo” at the groud floor of the building that allows circulation from the shopping center to the south through to the site of future residential development and the existing regional trail system to the north of 148th Avenue. By preserving this axis, the project hopes to engage the activity and energy of the existing retail center while paving the way for future residential neighbors
The Downtown Boulder Pedestrian Mall – often called the Crown Jewel of Boulder – is nationally recognized as a sterling example of innovative downtown revitalization. After one year of construction and three years of planning, design, and meetings, during which many political twists and turns nearly scuttled the project, the grand opening of the Pearl Street Mall was held on August 6, 1977.
Architect-of-Record Everett Zeigel (the “Z” in OZ), led the design team. Their assignment: to design a 3.2-acre pedestrian zone that would strengthen the beleaguered economic base of downtown while also improving the environmental quality of the dilapidated, historic commercial district. With most merchants in favor of the project, the city took bulldozers to four blocks of Pearl Street, paved it in traditional red brick for design continuity and historic character, planted trees, flowers, and evergreen groves, and redirected traffic to loop around the core area of the City.
After 25 years of success characterized by heavy pedestrian use, the Mall needed to be refreshed. Members of the original design team were re-assembled to create a new plan that would respect the original goals and design intent of the project. This plan included the addition of improved site lighting and signage features, identification pylons along Broadway and at the ends of the Mall, installation of a pop-jet fountain, the addition of a shade structure for outdoor performances and informal dining, and two new focus areas – a Boulder County map and a sculpted water feature.
From 1995 through 2006, OZ Architecture created the architectural image for Keystone’s River Run Village. The design of River Run is based on the traditional buildings of the West, including grand lodges, ranch buildings, mining structures and western towns. The work includes architecture, engineering, landscape architecture and detailed urban design.
Selected OZ Projects:
Construction Cost: $5 Million
Square Footage: 65,000 sf
Construction Cost: $13 Million
Square Footage: 140,000 sf
Construction Cost: $8 Million
Square Footage: 91,000 sf
Construction Cost: $4.5 Million
Square Footage: 47,000 sf
Construction Cost: $20 Million
Square Footage: 87,000 sf
Construction Cost: $35 Million
Square Footage: 150,000 sf
Snowmass Village will be the new entry and core of the Snowmass community. Located at the base of the mountain, it will be integrated with the gondola and lifts. After its five phases of construction are complete, it will be a mixture of condos/hotels, stand-alone retail buildings, skier services and conference/entertainment facilities.
The project at full build-out will consist of 100,000 square feet of retail space, approximately 650 residential units, underground parking for guests and day skiers, a central loading dock and a reception building with bus and car drop-off.
OZ Architecture is responsible for facilitating the lengthy approval process and coordinating the overall site, including the garage and service areas, and developing the architecture of 5 of the 13 buildings in the initial phase.
The Hill Commercial Context Study (HCCS) is a comprehensive urban design vision for the University Hill commercial area. The HCCS grew out of public concern over continuing decline within the Hill commercial district and the long-standing need for renewal in that area. The study is intended to inspire community enthusiasm and provide a context for follow-up concept plans for redevelopment projects. The HCCS presents a vision of what The Hill can become, not necessarily a design for what it should become. The concepts embodied in the HCCS are community driven and reflect the needs and goals of a broad range of stakeholders.
The design team began by asking a cross-section of community stakeholders to imagine a New Hill - a vibrant place where people of all ages enjoy living, working, shopping and relaxing. A key challenge was how best to weave new uses into the historic fabric of architecture and streetscapes. The goal was to honor the Hill’s past while enhancing its economic future by broadening its appeal. In response, the HCCS recommends employing a wide range of development tools including restoration, renovation, adaptive reuse, infill, and innovative urban design and architecture. Each recommendation is intended to contribute to the Hill’s long term sustainability.
The New Hill commercial area will link one of Boulder’s oldest residential neighborhoods with one of the nation’s premier research universities. Because of its attractive location, large and enduring market, and memorable mystique, The New Hill can reemerge as one of Boulder’s most appealing neighborhoods, and set new standards for environmental, social, and economic sustainability