Master Planning and Development analysis are within the scope of services available. The project described below outlines one of the multi family developments planned for the Gateway project.
The Anasazi Village is a master planned community "retreat" based on the Unaweep architectural style and ecological real estate development. Gateway, Colorado is the location for the Anasazi Village. Gateway, Colorado is in a rural setting approximately 45 miles south of Grand Junction, Colorado and several miles from the Utah border. The community will vary with high-density housing, single-family homes, retail and office spaces, proposed infrastructure, green belts for wildlife, agriculture and open space. The Anasazi Village is tucked along the Dolores River Valley and the Unaweep Canyon where they combine. Surrounding this area are the towering red walls and black rusted cornices of the Palisade and the Tenderfoot Mesa, the alpine Sky Mesa, and the snow capped peaks of the La Salles off to the distant. The vibrant green Dolores River slowly meanders through the valley's natural beauty as it has for centuries. Many types of wildlife use this area such as mule deer, occasional elk, ducks, geese, beaver, bobcat, mountain lions and black bear.
With the impression of the existing area all around, we had many needs but the most important was to retain the current settings. The goal is to create a positive public image and a built environment that has features which reduces its impact on the environment and the existing natural beauty currently found in the Gateway area. In doing so, we rely on passive solar, energy efficiency, wetlands treatment plants, natural lighting, indoor air quality, waste management control during construction and after, strategic placement of all built items in relation to existing site conditions and solar orientation. Through these aspects of ecological design, the client will receive durability, comfort and health with their project. The ecological issues go hand in hand with the functionality the client may need, such as unique design features, differing floor plans, proximity to Gateway School and the surrounding area for recreation such as rafting, hiking, biking, photography and horse back riding.
Urban planning will incorporate site details such as temporary water storage ponds, permanent ponds and swales so that water will slowly flow over soils and infiltrate into the subsurface. The preserving of the existing landscape and planting indigenous appropriate vegetation will eliminate the need for irrigation in certain areas. Open space to be implemented to protect bio-diversity of species and native habitats. Approximately three quarters of the lands will be placed in a conservation easement to protect wildlife habitat and to interconnect these areas to form wildlife links from one area to the next. Throughout these areas will be nature trails. Clustering of the built environment will reduce infrastructure costs, reduce paved areas coupled with narrowing streets, minimizing the lengths of utilities and sewer systems and reducing the amount of earth removal. Supporting infrastructure combined with these clusters will begin to promote a small town concept. All structures will be built with pumice-crete and frame construction and will be designed to fit the site. The pumice-crete has thermal mass qualities and the framed walls will be insulated with cellulose for r-value and acoustic. Cement plaster will be implemented for the exterior applications of all built structures that will be in color hues that match the surrounding cliffs and soil.
Master Planning site map.
Master Planning site maps are produced to illustrate overall community planning and design. Site maps are also used in the documentation of proposed utilities and infrastructure.
West Creek Ranch Guest House.**
The Guest House illustrates the how individual structures can be associated to a single theme, yet have their own design. Located not far from the West Creek Ranch Main Residence, the Guest House shares common design components and materials.
This structure is also located on the West Creek Ranch. The Hangar provides aircraft storage and the design also relates to adjacent buildings and environment.