After planning the award-winning Holiday Neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado, Barrett Studio Architects is gaining popular recognition for their expertise in sustainable design and their ability to create lively neighborhoods with a strong community feel. In 2014 Boulder County Housing Authority selected Barrett Studio as the master planner for the Kestrel Development in Louisville, CO.
Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) is developing another notable neighborhood in Louisville in response to the significant need for additional affordable senior housing and multi-family housing along the Front Range. Formerly agricultural land, the 13-acre site is strategically positioned to be the keystone that brings the disparate surrounding land uses together to create a dynamic neighborhood center that will complement the historic downtown.
BCHA’s vision for the project includes opportunities for education, wellness, and creative expression. Sustainability elements go beyond the traditional environmental focus to include connectivity (a walkable neighborhood with well-designed pedestrian amenities), economic sustainability (thoughtful financing structures, community gardens), and social sustainability (opportunities for diverse groups of people to interact).
At the beginning of 2015, the City of Louisville Planning Commission gave a unanimous recommendation that the city approve for annexation and zoning of one of the last large parcels of land into the city of Louisville for this purpose. This was a critical approval needed for the General Development Plan.
Currently, Barrett Studio Architects is working closely with Humphries Poli Architects to design the vertical architecture that will populate the master plan. In this phase, BSA is focusing on the community center and two multi-family housing buildings with Humphries Poli being responsible for the design of all other buildings in the neighborhood.