IHRSA Conference

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Hello everyone. We are currently at the IHRSA conference in San Diego. This is an event we are excited to be attending and are looking forward to talking to all those in attendance. If you would like to come find us you can call Christa Plaza at 303.946.1238. posted: March 21, 2018
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The Great Outdoors Water Park

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1.The Great Outdoor Waterpark will be opening in May of 2018 and is currently under construction in Lafayette Colorado. The park features a leisure pool, two water slides, and a lazy river. The park and bathhouse are designed to bring the outdoor feel of the mountains down to the town. Elements of education are set throughout the parks, by utilizing native plants with descriptive plaques, and prints of animals native to the area stamped in the concrete. The project also incorporates highly efficient equipment and all LED lighting. The bathhouse itself is also representative of the great outdoors. It has a timber roof and is reflective of many mining buildings. posted: October 10, 2017
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Happy New Years!

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Thank you, everyone, for making 2016 a great year! It was exciting to work on so many great projects with so many great people. We hope to continue working with you all as we move forward into 2017. Wishing you the happiest of New Years – Essenza Architecture. posted: January 4, 2017
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Design Development

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With a defined set of goals and the overarching idea the process can move forward and become more detailed. This is when materiality is addressed, space is further allocated and building systems, such as electrical and mechanical, are incorporated. The building becomes more analytically defined, and more details overall are considered and explored. As details become more defined, the project is priced to maintain cost goals. This is when the planning department becomes involved and planes are taken to the city for review and approval. As a client, this is when you begin to see what the final project is going to look like. posted: December 8, 2016
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Schematic Design

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Architecture is a process that takes big picture ideas and concepts and details them until they become a building. The Schematic Design phase is the second step. This step includes defining goals and project requirements with the client, which in turn defines the program of the project at a higher level. This is the point when vision is developed, space is allocated to programs, character features are defined, and site elements are located. Once this big picture is developed then the next phase of design development can begin. posted: November 16, 2016
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Programming, Feasibility and Conceptual Design

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As the first step in the architectural process, the information gathered in this phase becomes the first layer in exploring how the building will evolve into its final form. Looking closely at the site and what possibilities it presents for the project is a key piece of being able to move forward towards the client's goals. This is when the big picture is looked at and different ideas are explored at a broad scale. Leading to an initial overall vision, including a program, schedule, and conceptual site/ floor plans. This is also the phase where the architect gathers information from the ownership team to start developing their vision. posted: October 19, 2016
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The Design Phases

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Have you ever worked with an architect? If not, the process of taking an idea and transforming it into a building may be a mystery to you. The design process is made up of six major steps which allow that initial thought to become an actuality. Those steps are Programing, feasibility, and Conceptual Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Bid/Negotiation and Construction Administration, and finally Fixtures Furnishing and Equipment.  These steps take into account everything from research to programming of the building, to detailing, construction and furnishing. Starting from an overview and moving to a detailed final building the architectural process can take some time to complete, and as a client, you become a key voice in each step leading to a successful project. posted: October 5, 2016
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The Great Outdoors Adventure Water Park

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What makes this facility so unique? Through the incorporation of one of a kind features, an emphasis on education and fun, and a connection to the local surroundings, The Great Outdoors Adventure Water Park is one of a kind. Featuring educational items such as Mountain Lion paw prints leading to a Mountain Lion carving, and plaques showcasing native plants, rocks and materials learning is incorporated into a fun environment. Fun is furthered through the first installed version of water monkey bars in the state. These features make this an enjoyable, fun location for all ages. posted: July 14, 2016
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Material Qualities and Uses

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Materials become important to projects. The quality of the material and the properties that they have play an important role in how they function and serve the space. In fitness facilities this becomes very important for the type of activity in the space. Understanding what materials can and should be used in a specific location can make or break your project. posted: June 29, 2016
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Where Does Inspiration Come From

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Inspiration can be a difficult thing to find. However it can come from almost anywhere or anything. Taking an idea and adapting it or developing it in a new way is a simple form of inspiration. This process of adaptation tends to generate new ideas and further forms of inspiration.  posted: June 15, 2016
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