Folk: Doug Newby // Project Manager

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Doug is one of tres birds’ newer members and is driven by interests in sustainability, political science, urban planning and economy. Architecture, for Doug, is a constant study of how people come together on an everyday basis and how these interactions are supported by the built environment.

Doug started his journey into formal architecture study at UC Berkley, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts, with an emphasis in architecture. After graduating, Doug spent a year in Telluride doing residential work before relocating to North Carolina, where he received his Masters of Architecture at the University of Tennessee. Here, he studied eco-design, passive energy systems as well as social sustainability as it pertains to architecture practice. As part of his thesis, Doug spent time in Los Angeles working in the field and studying suburban density. His main question: how can planning and architecture intervene to increase density and create more space for community?

Most recently, Doug moved from Los Angeles to Denver to complete the final phases of becoming a fully licensed architect. He says what is most exciting to him about Denver is the built-in density of the city’s hundred+ year old buildings– creating rich opportunities for both social and environmental sustainability. Maybe it has something to do with moving near the mountains, but these days Doug is identifying with the moose as his spirit animal.

Almost all of our projects include surfaces like this one, built from old boxcar flooring by hand in the workshop. It is the sturdiness of aged wood that ensures a long life for these pieces. Finished with tree resin, we avoid chemical off gassing. #sustainabledesign

Almost all of our projects include surfaces like this one, built from old boxcar flooring by hand in the workshop. It is the sturdiness of aged wood that ensures a long life for these pieces. Finished with tree resin, we avoid chemical off gassing. #sustainabledesign

indoor | outdoor living green wall @toddreedjewelry #abbotkinney #venice

indoor | outdoor living green wall @toddreedjewelry #abbotkinney #venice

Swimming in a sea of scrap. #gilpin

Swimming in a sea of scrap. #gilpin

Folk: Cameron Minor // Project Manager

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After recently completing his Masters of Architecture at CU Denver, Cameron is now in the midst of getting his architecture license. This is a big deal. In 2006, Cam moved to Colorado to attend school at Colorado University in Boulder, where he completed his undergrad in Environmental Design and Architecture.

Originally from Idaho, Cam’s interest in architecture and construction was sparked by the influence of his father’s lumber yard business, where he was exposed to the building trade. 

Cam’s first project with tres birds workshop was Horsebarn, where he kept things moving and organized on-site as a foreman. From here, he shifted into his current role as Project Manager for the Todd Reed extension in Boulder. Today, Cam is managing the Gilpin project, which he says is challenging him to learn about creating a net-zero structure using geothermal and solar energy.

When not studying or working, Cam is doing what he came to Colorado to do- biking, camping and skiing. Idaho prepared him well. Cam is going with lion as his spirit animal.

Behind the screens {Lumina}.

Behind the screens {Lumina}.

Via @luminadenver. Main solar tube getting capped.

Via @luminadenver. Main solar tube getting capped.

Swoon landscaping coming around one step at a time. #tresbirds #architecture #water #boulder

Swoon landscaping coming around one step at a time. #tresbirds #architecture #water #boulder

Horsebarn Sustainability

The finer points of sustainability on the HORSEBARN project.

Reclamation of an existing building that was marked for demolition.  By reclaiming the building itself we were able to dramatically decrease the embodied energy in the making of the building. Keen engineering and sympathetic space planning allowed us to reuse this 120+ year old ‘Barn”.

Resource consolidation and space efficiency. The practice of shared amenities among 25+ companies is at the spine of our sustainability practices at the HorseBarn. Most of the tenants were able to downsize from their previous space because everything is shared; conference rooms, bathrooms, kitchen, public spaces.  This results in substantially lowered energy usage on the net project.

Energy conservation. The entire building envelope was insulated with poly-iso blown in foam. The resultant r-value for the envelope is r-32 throughout. All windows were replaced with r-4 low E double paned glass.

Natural day lighting. A 400 sq. ft. atrium skylight was installed to daylight the core of the building and all common spaces. All internal offices were built with glass walls to allow for daylighting throughout the project. Artificial lighting is on either motion or photo sensors to ensure the artificial lights are turned off when not in use or satisfied with daylight.

Reclaimed materials. The majority of all materials brought into the project were reclaimed from the Denver region. All carpet was reused from HP headquarter demolition, all furniture / work surfaces / stairs were built out of railroad boxcar floors.

Folk: John Bezouska // Project Manager

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John has been running projects at tres birds for the past three years and has logged the most miles managing projects both in Boulder and Denver. Coming to tres birds with a Bachelor of Environmental Design with an emphasis in Architecture from CU Boulder, John not only manages projects, but helps build them as well. His project list includes: Taxi, Quickleft, Victor Ops and Swoon.

Swoon has been the most rewarding project for him, but also the most challenging, for the same reason- figuring out how to translate the artistic details into reality.

Outside of tres birds workshop, John continues his creative passion for design and construction by building custom furniture. In the winter months, John can be found on the ski slopes and this summer he purchased a sail boat that he has been fixing up. John is a true tinkerer and craftsman who enjoys working with his hands and finding creative solutions to design challenges. tres birds workshop is lucky to have him. 

John shares a kindred spirit with the wild marmot.