Developed by OZ Architecture, these Guidelines apply to all new development at Colorado Crossing and address all commercial, office, entertainment, accommodations and residential land uses within the site. The Guidelines are formulated to establish and maintain a high-quality community appearance; assure compatibility; direct character and form; encourage sustainable development and enhance the overall value of Colorado Crossing. The Guidelines also provide clear direction and specific criteria for evolving an overall sense of community.
OZ created Design Guidelines and a Vision Book for the new Forest Lakes Community. The site is centered around Beaver Creek, which flows through the center of the property, and two lakes located on the eastern side of the site. The lakes and hundreds of acres of open space create a unique atmosphere for residents by attracting wildlife. The Vision Book's six areas address specific site characteristics, describing how homes and other features are to be integrated into the overall design for the project and how any lot within those areas is expected to adhere to the described vision. Also described are Waterfront Park, Homestead Park, and other built features such as fences, walls, and proposed signage for the development.
When the Grand Canyon National Park proposed new goals for development of any future construction within the Park, they retained OZ Architecture to develop new Design Guidelines. First, OZ conducted an extensive survey and evaluation of all buildings in the Park. As a result, detailed Guidelines were developed that now form the basis for any future design so that new buildings will contribute to the existing sense of place. This means structures will be designed to "fit in" with their sites rather than dominate them. Second, sustainable building systems, materials, and construction technique Guidelines were designed to encourage reduction of consumption of materials and energy, reduce waste, and provide intelligent choices about how a building is used, benefiting the environment both locally and globally. And third, the Guidelines reinforce the Park Service's goal of continuing the rustic style for important public buildings that contributes to visitors' understanding of where they are and why this place is important. The Guidelines were written with a healthy respect for the Canyon environment, tempered by the economic realities of our time, and the ever-present reminder that we are building on holy ground.
OZ Architecture was retained to create an overall vision and Design Guidelines for the Kubat Neighborhood - a highly unique place located at the very edge of a thousand miles of Great Plains and right against the Rocky Mountains. McStain intends to celebrate this setting, drawing primarily from the forms, traditions and sustainable practices of the Great Plains, while introducing some of the materials and sensibilities of the Rocky Mountain Foothills vernacular. Forms will be simple, roofs steeper, materials simple and more rusticated, and colors predominantly in the medium to dark range. Character studies included single-family, cottages, affordable townhomes, semi-detached duplexes, 4-plexes, and commercial buildings.
Following the U.S. Forest Service National Design Guidelines, OZ developed the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Thematic Design Guidelines to restore 15,080 acres of farm and industrial land to native tallgrass prairie. Sustainable design forms the foundation of these guidelines, and is the philosophy that reflects the identity and mission of the Forest Service.
The Built Environment Image Guide (BEIG) has been instrumental in the implementation of the U.S. Forest Service's mission to enhance the quality of Forest Service facilities by being the guide for future design of the built environment on all Forest Service land throughout the U.S. OZ developed new design guidelines, including architecture, site planning, and landscape, as well as graphic and sustainable design. Week-long interactive workshops were held for each of the five U.S. Forest Service regions to address natural and cultural context and sustainable design strategies appropriate to each region. The BEIG addresses not just aesthetics but environmental costs, energy use, and waste products. For example, the BEIG recommends recycling buildings, using recycled materials in new construction and employing alternative energy sources. The BEIG also calls for healthier workplaces and visitor areas that enjoy natural light and scenic vistas.