Latest Public Art Installation nearing completion in Mesa, Arizona. The "Gilbert Venue" should be open to the public by the end of April. /
coLAB studio nearing completion of a public art installation along the Valley Metro Light Rail Mesa Extension /
Looking back over the years, we've re-organized the office server to collect data on the various types of projects we've taken on.
Projects Completed, by the numbers:
Public Art: 20
Studio Art: 6
Residential Renovation/Addition: 6
Residential New-Build: 2
Commercial Tenant Improvement: 6
Commercial New-Build: 3
Master Plan (Commercial Campus): 3
Mentors: Matthew and Eric (coLAB studio), Maria Salenger (coLAB & Jones Studio), Sonja Bochart (Shepley Bulfinch & coLAB studio), Dan Childers (Architekton), John Anderson (180 Degrees), Linda Soto (Urban Plough), Miquel Soto (Merge), Andrea Bertassi along with Lu and Elena (UofA), and Cristina Murphy (Baltimore).
In collaboration with the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA). This is the fifth time coLAB studio has been involved and the fourth time we've organized it.
Thanks to Jones Studio for the use of their beautiful space near downtown Tempe!
Just a couple of examples of design and models by the teen students involved.
Part of our Community Advocacy work involves talking to students about the importance of Aesthetics and sustainability in our everyday world. We often get the chance to spend time with kids working on interesting projects. Last November, Matthew spent an hour with a gifted fourth-grade class in the East Valley to talk about how to think about sustainability in the built environment. The students were to take on the task of thinking about how to design an environmentally friendly house for themselves.
A month later we received this wonderful letter. Both the words and drawings are wonderful to view. We love the flying eyeball and what looks like a mechanical crab in the center. A note is great, but to take a moment to send drawings as well is even better.
Dunlap Venue has received an AIA Distinguished Building Award!
The Desert Botanical Garden Horticulture Center, otherwise known as The Hazel Hare Center for Plant Science, has won multiple awards this summer. An Arizona Forward award (Crescordia), An AIA Arizona Distinguished Building Award (Merit), and the AIA Arizona Goodwin Collaboration Award for 2017. Congrats to our partners 180 Degrees and the Desert Botanical Garden!
2.5 years in the making. The Desert Botanical Garden Horticulture Center Phase I is 99% complete. Hundreds of people toured the site during the final weekend of February. The project is now open to the public. Professional photos and a project page to come.
coLAB studio started around 18 years ago as a side project. Ten years ago it became a full-time endeavor. We are excited to have reached this milestone and look back at all we have accomplished in that time including 24 major design awards and dozens of publications. More importantly, we have a growing list of happy clients including two repeat clients currently. Its been a good decade.
The dedication also included a ritual blessing. All in all, a really amazing dedication.