The 78,750-square-foot Barnes Butte Elementary School for the Crook County School District recently opened in Prineville, Oregon. Upon passage of a $33.5 million capital construction bond in 2013, BLRB was engaged for planning, design and delivery of a new K-5 elementary school on an undeveloped site in Prineville, Oregon. Overarching goals were to provide small learning environments and flexibility of space that supports collaborative learning, team teaching and a variety of educational programs. Student safety, facility security, community after-hours use and operational cost-efficiency were additional guiding elements. Barnes Butte supports up to 700 students and offers flexible, personalized and responsive learning environments tailored to the unique elements of the district’s educational program. Our service to this client also included an additional $8M in capital facility improvements at several district facilities.
The Southwest Washington Chapter of AIA has awarded BLRB Architects’ Ron Harpel, AIA, the 2015 Charles T. Pearson Award for community service.
The Pearson Award is given out every other year by the Southwest Washington Chapter of American Institute of Architects to recognize area architects who use their professional abilities in providing service to the community. The award is named after Charles Pearson, a Tacoma-based architect who, in addition to founding the Southwest Washington Chapter of AIA, was heavily involved with community service.
Harpel received the award as part of AIASWW’s 2015 Design Awards Gala, held November 4 in Tacoma.
A principal at Tacoma-based BLRB Architects, Ron has served the community through a variety of organizations, including Metro Parks Tacoma, the Thea Foss Waterway Development Authority, Tacoma Arts Commission, Habitat for Humanity, Paint Tacoma Beautiful, Tacoma Public Schools’ Communities in Schools, AIA Southwest Washington, the Washington State University School of Design and Construction, among others.
Ron currently volunteers as a board member for the Thea Foss Waterway Development Authority and vice-chair of Metro Park’s Active Lifestyles and Community Wellness Advisory Committee. Ron also served as the lead advisor for development and installation of the City of Tacoma’s Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial, which stands today on Ruston Way.
Designed by BLRB Architects, The Oxford Hotel in Bend was recognized by Trip Advisor as one of the Top 25 Hotels in the United States. Chosen as part of the website’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards, The Oxford Hotel was recognized for the quality of its rooms and excellent location.
BLRB’s Bend office has moved to an expanded suite to accommodate growing staff and to better serve current and future clients in the area.
Having added seven new staff members over the past year, the Bend office relocated from the second floor of Vision Plaza to the first floor to give the firm a first-class work environment that not only is more inviting for client but can also accommodate future growth.
BLRB Architects’ new Bend address is 404 SW Columbia Street, Suite 120.
BLRB-Bend's work on Pacific Crest Affordable Housing’s Little Deschutes Lodge II in La Pine, Oregon, was named a winner of the inaugural Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits Renewable Energy Power Awards. Owned by Little Deschutes Lodge 2 LLC, the south Deschutes County project was honored in the small community project category.
The award presentation was made in April 2014 in front of renewable energy industry practitioners attending the Financing Renewable Energy Conference in San Francisco, California.
Little Deschutes Lodge II is a 26-unit, low-income housing tax credit development in La Pine, Oregon. The lodge-style apartment complex offers energy-efficient lighting and ENERGY STAR-rated appliances, as well as a 32.2 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system.
In addition, a solar thermal system with 12 panels and four 120-gallon water tanks, a geothermal cooling and heating system with four miles of underground piping, five heat pumps and an energy recovery ventilation system provide the heating and cooling.
R&W Engineering estimates that the energy-efficient measures will save 298,992 kW and more than $20,000 annually. The energy project received federal investment tax credits of over $50,000 for the complete system.