keynote features - this design and it’s available process can afford lower initial construction cost and time per building classification, lower construction waste, lower maintenance cost, lower energy consumption, greater floor area efficiency, lower overall footprint and site disturbance, and can be predominantly US-sourced in it’s materials.

awards - 2013 Western Mountain Region AIA -, 2013 AIA Colorado South -, 2014 Re-Thinking the Future International Design and Sustainability Award, and the 2015 Architecture Podium International Architecture Awards


Situated on a long and narrow ‘aircraft carrier’ site, the building straddles the hillside of a local wash in the Tucson Valley of Arizona.  Composed to two bridge structures, the building literally steps lightly upon the site by cantilevering the bridge structures upon pylons and a minimal concrete base.  A steel canopy holds an array of photovoltaics while shading a majority of the building.

Borrowing it’s construction delivery techniques from industrial and automotive design, the project’s major elements are designed as a series of components that are manufactured under rigorous factory conditions and assembled on-site. 

sustainability narrative - commitments to sustainability include:  LED lighting throughout with occupancy sensors, high-performance insulated metal panels and SIPS, low VOC paints and finishes, high-performance glazing, natural light harvesting, high-efficiency zone-controlled HVAC with heat re-capture, low-volume and auto-shutoff plumbing fixtures, full pipe insulation throughout, Oasis black-water treatment to feed irrigation, 134KVA solar PV system (feeds back to grid), bio-swales at parking drainage, TPO reflective roofing, solar shading fins at primary glazing areas and rain-screen shading of primary building facades, double-door entries to minimize heat gain/loss.

finished photos courtesy of John Sanders -

Parasol Building

- Tucson, Arizona, USA

Dental Office Building (Class A Medical + an innovative high-performance building model)