Studio K2 Ramblings
SK2 Intern Builds Cabins
At SK2, we are proud of our interns and the talent that they bring to our team. One, in particular, Kasey King, a master’s student in the CU Denver architecture department that joined the team in August of last year deserves recognition. She built a cabin with classmates this past semester as part of her Master of Architecture program at the University of Colorado Denver. The design-build program was organized by Colorado Building Workshop: (http://coloradobuildingworkshop.cudenvercap.org).
North facade of the cabin (photo by Morgan Young)
Kasey and her studio spent January through May designing and preparing for the summer build. From mid-May to early June, Kasey was in Thoreau, New Mexico building cabins physically constructing the building with her classmates. The cabins were built for an outdoor expedition summer camp which is expanding and needed more places for campers to sleep before and after trekking in the hot New Mexico sun. During this time, Kasey was MIA in the office, but thankfully she returned unscathed in mid-June after brushes with sun exposure, downpours, and moths.
Kasey ready for anything (photo by Kasey King)
Her class was given multiple sites to choose from. Each site had a team of 8 people working on a grouping of 2 cabins conjoined by a central gathering porch. At the end of March, the students spent a week pouring the foundations and mid-May to early June completing the cabins. The students were camping during the build, which made for a fun experience. The cabins structure was made of Douglas Fir wood columns and beams and Douglas fir tongue and groove for the walls and floors. The interiors of the cabins feature bunk beds suspended from rods, to help mitigate the hantavirus problem prevalent in the region. The cabins feature other materials such as a galvalume corrugated roof, aluminum features on the windows and doors, and steel in the bent frames. The cabin Kasey was a part of featured a bar shape design with a central porch and views to adjacent trees and the forest. Kasey enjoyed the experience and gives praise to the program.
North facade of the cabin (photo by Morgan Young)
Making Waves in Nola for a Cannabis Convention
The growth of the Cannabis industry will have global implications for decades to come. From labs to dispensaries to grow facilities, SK2 is constantly expanding our knowledge of this building type. As state after state legalizes the medicinal and recreational use of cannabinoids we are always looking for ways to make ourselves available to opportunities for fruitful partnerships.
The backdrop and brochure were designed in house by one of our resident designers, Amanda Schoene.
Cannabis Is A Burgeoning Industry and SK2 is At The Forefront
Our resident Cannabis experts, Bruys Henderson and Mike Radjenovic made their way to a 3-day conference in New Orleans, MJBizConNEXT, where they made new connections, networked, and also wolfed down delicious, fluffy beignets. They talked with potential clients along with our partners at DVO Engineering.
New Orleans, What A Town!
The fun didn’t stop after the booth touring ended. It kept going into the night where Bruys inevitably found Mike grooving to a live brass band where his moves spurred the some of the crowd to join in. Amanda may have laughed at his antics after the fact and as revenge, he challenged Amanda to a dance-off with the DVO office. They were kind enough to bring many presents for the team at home in Denver, including adorable stuffed marijuana leaf toys for our desks.
Please enjoy some of Mike’s fabulous moves:
“I didn’t know I could move like that! Check out this one, ‘The Fried Crawfish’!” – Mike
Art Back into Architecture: March Edition | Kevin Returns from Mexico!
It’s starting to feel a lot like springtime at SK2! To celebrate, the team decided to enjoy the nice weather with a cocktail and sketch at Next Door outside of Union Station. The afternoon was buzzing with activity. Bruys captured a group of people taking in the sunny day in coats and jackets. Geneva also recorded the likeness of a roller skater taking a rest from grooving down the street.
Geneva and Kevin enjoyed Next Door’s delicious and colorful Orange Old Fashions which deserved a splash of colored pencil.
Both Kevin and G also wanted to show the architectural detail of Union Station, from the flower motifs in the pink lavastone walls to the cast iron lion brackets holding up the building’s overhang.
Kevin returned from a 2 week vacation at his vacation home in Mexico. He spent his time drinking Margaritas, eating fresh snapper, breathing in the fresh air, and catching up with old friends. These water color paintings detail some of his favorite vistas.
Colorado is a Winter Wonderland
Winter has many drawbacks — hazardous icicles, black ice, heavy winds, slow morning traffic, runny noses, hat hair — the list goes on. At SK2, our team makes the most of the season. Here are some highlights of great outings our team members have taken this winter.
Our intern Kasey, took a trip to Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada with her boyfriend to go skiing and ice skate in the great outdoors.
Mike, our resident mountain man, enjoyed skiing and launching himself face first into fresh powder in Winter Park, CO.
Amanda and a friend from out of town drove up to Steamboat Springs, CO to check out Strawberry Hot Springs have a nice swim in some lithium filled pools.
Kevin made his way out to Silverthorne, CO for business, but what a view for a business trip, am I right?
Sarah and Bruys went snowshoeing through Silverdollar Lake Trail in Georgetown, CO, stopping to admire the beautiful trees. Sarah and Bruys’ cat Cheery, however, although she hasn’t been on any big local trips, has been keeping warm on a heated blanket all winter.
Alpine Coaster for Stanley Mine Opening Fall 2019!
SK2 has been hard at work on Idaho Spring’s Stanley Mine! The parks first opening feature and attraction will be the the alpine coaster! For the coaster, the team has designed a building to house storage for the coaster carts, a gift shop, workshop, and restrooms to support the day to day operations of this amazing ride.
Construction is anticipated to begin in March and installation should potentially begin in the following months.
Other features of the park include a children’s play space designed by local artists. A blacksmith’s shop with demonstrations space, additional retail. Rides including a 700′ mine drop and a zip line are also on the horizon.
A large part of the resurrection of this old mining site will be seen in the site’s hoist building, a 130 year old structure that has been abandoned since the 1980s. This building will feature a double level of restaurant space as well as a beer garden.
Within the next year, we will be seeing this dream turned into a reality!
SK2 Supports a Local Cause
On October 18th, SK2 contributed for the third year to Denver’s annual Warm-A-Heart showcase. This year, Warm-a-Heart choose to support Denver Health Family Crisis Center, a non-profit providing care for children escaping child abuse and neglect.
A speaker noting the impact the bags had on local children (photo by Amanda Schoene)
As part of their cause, they reached out to local designers to decorate and fill tote bags with useful and comforting items for these children. As an office, members of our team prepared a bag with items to create enjoyment and comfort.
SK2’s Donation painted by Kasey, Stephanie, and Amanda (photo by Amanda Schoene)
It was filled with a blanket, toiletries, warm socks, candy, and a journal. The office’s beloved and now former designer, Stephanie, and newest designers Kasey and Amanda painted the bag with the Denver skyline and fall leaves.
SK2’s Second favorite bag next to delicious tacos (photo by Amanda Schoene)
At the event itself, Kevin, Bruce, and Amanda had a chance to enjoy all of the creative submissions as well as free tacos and cookies. Over 200 bags were contributed this year to help the cause.
Kevin and Bruys are all smiles (photo by Amanda Schoene)
Art Back into Architecture: Featured Artist Bruys
SK2’s next featured artist is Bruys Henderson, one of the most hardworking Project Managers around. Bruys has been sketching since he was a kid. He credits his love for drawing as to what led him to his career in architecture.
Bruys took classes at the community college and continued that through university/architecture school. When the housing market crashed in 2008, Bruys started drawing on the side. During that time, Bruys teamed up with an architect in which he would sketch the architect’s concepts as a quick method of selling ideas to clients. He found that his quick sketches were an important tool professionally, giving him the ability to develop his architecture projects more proficiently. Bruys continues this method in his work today.
His chosen featured pieces are quick studies of various structures. In his first series of drawings, Bruys was inspired by the development of the Lincoln Memorial, exploring the designs of John Russell Pope and Henry Bacon. Bacon and Bruys have a lot of similarities in which both grew up in the same area of Illinois. These similarities are probably what lead to Bruys’s continued study of other work by Bacon, including the Illinois Centennial Monument.*
After seeing the play Hamilton, Bruys was inspired to create his next set of study sketches. In this series he looked at the work of Robert Mills, focusing on the Treasury Building in DC with the statue of Hamilton in front. Following that he sketched Pasadena City Hall.
If you ever have the pleasure of having Bruys work on your project, you might see his hand sketching talent bring your project to life.
*After his study on the Centennial Monument, Bruys’s research lead him down a rabbit hole of flag study. Bruys learned that the eagle on the monument was the same eagle on the state flag, turns out the monument was a reference to the flag…or something like that.
Art Back into Architecture: Featured Artist Kevin
Welcome back from our blogging hiatuses! To kick off our return to Art Back into Architecture series we will take a look at some of our featured artist’s work of choice.
Feature artist Kevin Koernig, principal of Studio K2, has been painting on and off for 30 years. In the past 5 years, he has been in numerous shows. Kevin got into painting to show a softer, artistic side to contrast the “expected” technical side of architecture. This collection of work was inspired (and painted during) his recent trip to Mexico, where he spent his time sitting on the beach and painting the landscape in Manzanillo.
“I am more than a biker architect with a long beard. I find that painting calms my mind.” – K2
If you like any of the paintings posted or would like your very own K2 original, please feel free to contact Kevin here at the office for more information.
Upstairs Circus Austin is Open!
Hey Austin, are you feeling crafty and thirsty?! Now you can satisfy both by going to Upstairs Circus, a bar where you can create a masterpiece while having drinks with your friends!
Originated right here in Denver, one of their newest locations just opened in Austin! Studio K2 has been a part of their growing family from the beginning. So while you are there be sure to check out the architecture!
So Much More Than Drawing
It’s not commonly known, but we do so much more than “putting blueprints in the computer.” (Common K2 Phrases) One of our more recent endeavors was to update the Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment for the multipurpose rooms of a senior living facility’s clubhouse. Along with design, Studio K2 did the install. That is, we took care of the stressful ordering, collecting, and installing of the upgrading process and gave the clubhouse a fresh designer’s touch.
The goal of the aesthetic upgrade was to create a cozy, welcoming, “Colorado Casual” feel while giving the space a more modern look.
The rooms were transformed using monochromatic, geometric linear patterns with light colors and accents of floral arrangements filled with bright colors and contrasting shapes.
So if you are ever in the need of an aesthetic refresh, just give us a call!