New Works – Summer 2016

Bucksbaum Campus Phase 2 – In progress June, 2016
Aspen Music Festival and School, Castle Creek, Aspen

40BWORKS serves as the Landscape Architect for Phase 2 of the Bucksbaum Campus of the Aspen Music Festival and School, designed by Harry Teague, Architects. Phase 2 involved the construction of a composition of new buildings around the significant large ponds. The entire central area of the Campus is primarily a pedestrian environment.
IMG_9135 While the buildings are complete, planting on Campus is still in progress. Here, freshly-placed sod gleams.
IMG_9129 Ever-changing reflections in the ponds create another dimension of experience (during construction).
IMG_9149 Planting in Phase 1 is taking hold, restoring the wild natural feel of the riparian environment surrounding Castle Creek as it runs through Campus.
IMG_9125 It’s exciting to see wildflowers like this Firecracker Penstemon, and Rosy Paintbrush (not shown) blooming in the Campus specific wildflower mix, sown in Phase 1.

Pitkin County Library, Aspen – Opening Celebration, June 19

I worked on the Pitkin County Library Expansion project when I was at Design Workshop. I led a phase of planning approvals, landscape conceptual and schematic design and design development. The construction drawing and observation phase was completed by Design Workshop.
IMG_9009 It was a rewarding experience to attend the opening celebration and congratulate board members, library and county staff, and consultants. All worked with dedication to evolve the early vision into a constructed reality for the entire community and visitors.
IMG_9012 The library expansion opens on to a public plaza, merging indoor with outdoor space. In particular, the children’s room has a small sunken garden amphitheater for outdoor reading and activities.
IMG_9018 Patrons, board members and the community are excited to explore this new facility for the 22nd century!
IMG_9021 The roof reading garden features great views over the public plaza and towards the town and mountains.

Aspen Music Festival and School – Landscape Architecture and Planning

Today was the Aspen Music Festival and School’s official opening celebration for the Lower School Building on the Matthew and Carolyn Bucksbaum Campus located off Castle Creek Road in Aspen. I served as the landscape architect and site planner for the project when I worked at Design Workshop. After almost 10 years of visioning, designing, obtaining approvals and preparing construction documentation, the first phase of the campus was built in 2013. The new buildings, circulation and plantings have transformed the campus and have already been recognized with awards, but more importantly, the new campus has instilled a sense of pride in occupants and visitors to the campus, and created wonderful spaces for music-making.

These are a few summer landscape images that I captured today.

Details of dryland grasses and riparian wildflowers

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Views of Practice Rooms and of Lower School area from roof garden(above)
Architect Harry Teague in front of the Lower School building that he designed(below)