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CoFC Utilities Administration Building Energy Star Score of 100

After collecting the required 12 months of real-world energy use data, the City of Fort Collins Utilities Administration Building (UAB) at 222 Laporte has received an Energy Star Score of 100! Stu Reeve, the CoFC Energy Manager, called it "Exciting news! [...] Pretty impressive for the first year of operation."

The LEED Platinum building features a 100 KW rooftop solar array, extensive and careful daylighting, recycled and local materials, and a heat pump mechanical system. These systems are also engineered to tie-in with future projects as the city develops a civic campus. You can see photos and find more information at the project's page.

Confluence Units Going Fast!

Presales for residential units in Confluence are currently underway, with nearly a third of the units already reserved! If you're interested in a residential unit or commercial space, please head over to the Confluence site to learn more before they're all gone!

Below is an example of the two interior finish options in the main living area. We have also added some new images at our project page, if you'd like to see more.

Confluence Featured in the Coloradoan

Confluence was featured prominently Sunday in the Business section of the Coloradoan, in a feature on buildings that are reshaping Fort Collins, alongside other projects that are revitalizing the River District. We've received lots of positive feedback on the article, so thank you! If you haven't read it yet, you can find it at the Coloradoan's website, or if you'd like more information on the project, check out our project page or go straight to the Confluence site

Presales are going on now, with units going fast!

Confluence Units Now Available!

We are excited to announce that residential units in Confluence are now available for presale! More information about presales and the commercial spaces available for lease is available at the updated project website. We have also added a few new renderings to our project page. We will have additional information about the individual units (and additional images) in the coming weeks, so check back soon!

New Workshop Architect!

[au]workshop is excited to announce the hire of our newest team member: Ms. Stephanie Bedinghaus, AIA.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Stephanie is a licensed architect and has several years of design experience in a variety of project scales, primarily commercial, mixed-use and multi-family residential. Her organizational, problem-solving and communication skills, as well as her attention to detail and drive to create the best solutions for her clients, make project management her forte.  Having worked on several historic renovation re-development and multi-family housing projects, Stephanie’s particular design interest is in revitalizing abandoned or underutilized buildings and creating quality design for all those occupying a space.

She received the 2015 Rosebud Award for Southwest Missouri’s Outstanding Woman in Construction.  Her community involvement includes memberships ranging from a Crisis Maternity Home Committee to a High School Career Advisory Board and she genuinely values civic involvement.

We are thrilled to have her expertise and insight as we embark on a host of exciting projects. 

FoCo Book Fest!

[au]workshop is proud to help sponsor the first Fort Collins Book Fest! On Saturday, October 22nd, the River District and Downtown Fort Collins will be host to a celebration of the local intersection between books and beverages.

Fort Collins' overlapping cultures of independent books and craft coffee, tea, beer and spirits are one of our favorite reasons to live here, so we're excited to be a part of the event!  And it all takes place within a five minute walk of our office.

More information is available at the event website. We hope to see you there!



"Butterfly" Building Renovation Under Way!

[au]workshop has designed a renovation for the historic Dairy Gold Creamery (located between Laporte and Howes Streets in Fort Collins) for a new coffee shop tenant. The building, a good local example of the Googie style of architecture, was carefully relocated slightly to the East in order to accommodate the new Utilities Administration Building, itself a collaboration between [au]workshop and RNL Design.

Out-of date mechanical and electrical systems, lack of accessibility compliance, and the absence of restrooms and other services, dictated a complete interior renovation, with the goal of making it a lively tenant space. Working closely with the City of Fort Collins, we developed a plan that houses a customer sales space and seating, a limited commercial kitchen and an accessible restroom all in an area less than 400 square feet. 

Work is now beginning on the renovation itself, and construction is expected to take approximately a month, so we'll post another update when it is completed.

Utilities Administration Building Nearly Complete!

The City of Fort Collins Utilities Administration Building (UAB) at Laporte and Howes is wrapping up construction this week. We partnered with RNL Design for the project, and we're pleased to see its progress. Final touch-ups are being made this week, with the city scheduled to begin moving in shortly thereafter. 

The new facility houses some 112 open office spaces and a dozen private offices, along with training spaces and customer facilities, all designed to maximize natural light yet minimize glare. The mechanical and electrical systems, including rooftop solar and heat pumps, are also engineered to tie-in with future projects as the city develops a civic campus. Currently the project is on target to achieve LEED Platinum.

Our office took a tour recently, so we thought we'd share a few photos (below). We'll be uploading professional photos (and possibly drone footage!) soon. 

We are pleased to be working with the Food Bank for Larimer County

[au]workshop architects+urbanists has just been selected to design new offices, volunteer work spaces, a central kitchen and warehouses for the Food Bank for Larimer County.  The new facilities will be located in an as-yet-to-be-announced location. 

We are more than pleased to be able to provide architectural services for this fine organization whose mission is to provide food to all in need through community partnerships and hunger relief programs.

The Food Bank for Larimer County believes no one should be hungry and their dream is to deliver health, hope and humanity to stabilize the lives of their clients and build a vibrant community. They are a private non-profit organization and the only Feeding America clearinghouse for donated food in the county.  Each year, the Food Bank for Larimer County provides food to nearly 36,000 people in need through community partnerships and hunger-relief programs.  Visit their website for more information. 

what is block one?

The River District Block One Mixed Use project includes a four-story mixed use building over one level of structured parking at the intersection of Linden Street and the Poudre River in Fort Collins, CO. As a catalyst project for Fort Collins’ River District, the ground floor will have space for a restaurant at the north end of the building (closest to the Poudre River and will be the only place in Fort Collins to have a meal and have a view the river) and office / retail space in the remaining space along Linden Street as well as an additional office / retail space on the lower level that will overlook the river. The second floor will be entirely occupied by Encompass Technologies. The third and fourth floors will be residential with one unit having a mezzanine level that will have some spectacular views to the North and East.

early aerial illustration looking south over the Poudre River

and we're off

block one mixed use site pano

After two years of our team working diligently with the City of Fort Collins,  we have all of the necessary permits in place and Brinkman Construction has started working on the Block One Mixed Use project. View corridors have been established, clearing of batch plant spoils is underway and dirt is being removed from the building footprint.

More updates to come.