After planning the award-winning Holiday Neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado, Barrett Studio Architects gained 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, Colorado, 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 included 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).
In addition to the Master Plan, Barrett Studio Architects worked closely with Humphries Poli Architects to design the vertical architecture that will populate the master plan. In this phase, BSA focused 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.