Head out this winter to help keep our local restaurants thriving
I had a great opportunity earlier this month to participate in a charrette with other professionals at the request of Governor Polis and the Colorado restaurant association.
My team was tasked with an affordable concept solution to winterize rooftop dining. The group consisted of state and local authorities, landscape architects, mechanical and structural engineers and general contractors. Together we wrestled with ideas and came up with a series of solutions we think make eating out in Colorado memorable. These solutions and comfortable for guest and staff and minimize the risk of transmitting the COVID virus to others.
Look for a posting where our concept and the 8 others will be posted HERE.after Sunday November 1 along with information on grant programs available.
Imagination and personal identity.
Some of my first memories of wanting to become an architect revolve around this video segment from Sesame Street I recall seeing as a child. I did not know at that time that this woman was the highly regarded … Judith Edelman seen in this post.… I just saw a person walking into a building under construction like she owned the place. It was her conception. Perfect.
That aligned perfectly with my finest imaginative skill i enjoyed then as much as I do today: PLACEMAKING..
- the LEGO ski-doo villages I imagined for the arctic tundra (a good contrast to my surroundings, blocks splayed out everywhere in front of the family room stove).
- my barbie luxury townhome, at least 6 stories worth – imagined above a venice canal (the carpeted steps overlooking the brick foyer floor below).
In the forested outdoors of North Hampton , NH I imagined so many other perfect places and spaces:
- A reclusive safety of a secret hideout. The negative space between two massive granite stones the glaciers had tossed aside creating a kid sized a-frame
- The forest floor producing a moss blanket at the foot of some young trees. A lady slipper was known to emerge occasionally nearby.
- The exposed underbelly where the roots of a fallen tree protect an open spot for something special
- or a tower for fairies in the decomposing woodpile next to the driveway.
Married 26 years and still counting.
Here is a very public statement to the love of my life. Thank you for lovingly standing by my side for the past 31 years. We found trusting each other and common interests that are standing the test of time.
Since my spouse is also an architect it is needless to say we both love Architecture, and quality design. We care deeply about the work we do every day. I enjoy what we share outside of our chosen professions that keep our bond especially strong.
I think much of our success is because we keep each other laughing. Many problems seem to melt away, or at least seem less severe when we share those moments, mutually amused about something quite ridiculous. I wouldn’t want to be giggling, chuckling, or cracking up with anyone but you.
The next part of the chemistry equation has to do with our healthy appetite for travel & adventure. We have been so fortunate to have had so many opportunities to fantastic destinations over the years. We are also extremely blessed to have the rocky mountains within reach for connecting to nature at any time, ski season or otherwise.
Finally, I’m so fortunate to have partnered with someone that has such a deep sense of caring. It shows every day for family and friends. You advocate for honesty and integrity, a caring for your co-workers, clients. Your expectations are highest for yourself. I want you to know that I love you the most and am so glad to have been married for 26 years and still counting.
|Paella Cooking Class
next door to the Barcelona Food Market
|Yurt Destination in State Forest State Park near Walden|
eb COLLABORATIVE :
OUR STORY AND TIMELINE
Erin was raised in the Seacoast of New Hampshire. That 17 miles exposed to the Atlantic Ocean influenced her design work with an urgency for resilient solutions, high-performance building systems and a healthy dose of optimism. “Yankee ingenuity” shall never be underestimated.
Her formal design training began at the University of Colorado Boulder where Erin received a Bachelor of Environmental Design. The clear blue skies for 300 days a year (not 200 like New England seacoast) and a steady boyfriend had Erin inclined to stay in Colorado following graduation. MCB Architects (a firm of 15-20) hired Erin as an intern where she worked directly with the principal-in-charge of several western slope school projects over a 5-year period. Two other milestones occurred in that time: she earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado and married another Architect-in-training: Adam Braunstein.
Erin joined a slightly larger firm when the opportunity came about. Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture had a staff of 25-30. Soon after licensure and recognizing her performance as project architect of a large precast office for Arapahoe County, she was promoted to senior associate. BRS’s primary practice centered on indoor aquatic design. Thus, Erin served as project architect on multiple recreation centers including Federal Way,Washington; Littleton, Colorado and Shawnee, Oklahoma
Getting weary from travel she elected to take a family sabbatical and enjoy being a full time mother of two young boys. The timing of the choice could not have been known to be so terrible. The recession of Fall 2008 took an enormous toll on the economy.
Two years later Erin was ready to get back to work. Understanding Revit was a means to prepare for the return. While the break from work certainly interrupted the trajectory of Erin’s professional path, it led to a unique opportunity to work with H+L Architecture on two large healthcare projects underway between 2010-2015, The replacement Denver VA medical center design underway in Aurora and a bed tower addition to the Children’s Hospital also in Aurora. With connections to both project managers she was able to join the firm. Her husband Adam had been at H+L for 16 years and led the VA project. Her former supervisor from MCB was leading the Children’s hospital. Over the 5 years at H+L she contributed to each team as a design and technical architect.
Contributing as one of many technical staff architects on these two large, critical healthcare projects underscored for her the importance of collaboration. Not only did the design team require a healthy amount of that skill for integration but the client’s willingness to that effect set the foundation for success (or lack thereof). Communication, trust placed with the design team, and transparency of client leadership were essential. Period.
Erin left H+L and continued healthcare sector work when joining Davis Partnership Architects. There she was responsible for construction administrative responsibilities on some VA senior living projects and becoming a specialist regarding pharmacy USP 797 and 800 regulations. Assessments and design of renovations to comply with those upcoming regulations kept Erin busy in the healthcare renovation sector. Exercising her passion for sustainable design however was not satisfied given the roles she served at Davis. Turning 50 this year and becoming an “empty nester” it is an auspicious year as it was. With COVID 19 spurring firm lay-offs in July and a dismal lookout for design work at Denver firms. The universe had spoken.
In a spirit of resilience Erin formed ebCOLLABORATIVE LLC in September 2020. The practice emphasis is in sustainable design, recognizing enduring benefits for every building .
Erin is a licensed architect in Colorado. She holds professional certifications of LEED AP, WELL AP and EDAC. She is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, serving as a committee chair for the AIA Colorado Architectural Advocacy Committee. Recently she has become an active member of the Golden Chapter of Citizens Climate League. That group is focused on advocating for the passage of H.R. 763 The bi-partisan energy innovation and carbon dividend act.
|Architectural intern with MCB Architects: New construction : Western slope of Colorado|
|Construction Administration trips every 2 weeks for a year with Partner in Charge.|
Joined Barker Rinker Seacat in ’98.
|Architectural Precast Design for Arapahoe County : New construction for social services offices|
|Architectural Precast Design, Project Architect for the life of the project|
|Architectural Precast Design|
|Multiple projects focused on Indoor Aquatic Environments|
|Earned AP credential in 2010
|Joined H+L in 2010 – Design Architect on Cherry Creek High School Pool Addition/Renovation|
|VAMC Denver Medical Center – Project Architect DD-CD’s : Energy Center|
|Project Architect with H+L : Deliver Parking Garage Design in Collaboration with SOM|
|A Parking structure….|
|flanking 17th St of Anschutz Medical Campus
|2016 – Joined Davis Partnership|
|Work destinations in Georgia, Kansas, Montana and Washington D.C. : VA + SCL Healthcare clients.|
|Early adopter: 2016 – WELL AP credential
| 2017 – Earned EDAC credential
|imperative for Regenerative Design|
|Kids mowing under Grandpa Lee’s supervision|
|Best place for cousins to get to know each other|
|Rising water levels: Freshwater pond is at risk