Happy Holidays from the Ward-Young Team
LARRY’S TRUCKEE DONNER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS “SPEECH” 10/30/14
AWARD FOR SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (11 – 49) EMPLOYEES
THANK YOU FOR HONORING WARD YOUNG WITH THIS AWARD. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TELL YOU A BIT MORE ABOUT OUR FIRM.
TIM WARD AND I CONCEIVED OUR FIRM ABOUT 37 YEARS AGO, HAVING DINNER AND PROBABLY MORE THAT ONE BOTTLE OF WINE AT GRAY’S TOLL STATION, A DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT,
WHICH I THINK IS WHERE BETTER HOMES AND GARDEN REAL ESTATE OFFICE IS NOW LOCATED, NEXT TO BAR OF AMERICA.
OUR GOALS AT THAT TIME WERE NOT UNIQUE, AND ARE BASICALLY THE SAME TODAY (IF NOT A BIT BETTER DEFINED), AS
- DO GOOD WORK
- HAVE FUN
- MAKE MONEY
FROM TIME TO TIME WE WONDER IF WE SHOULD HAVE LISTED THOSE GOALS IN A DIFFERENT ORDER.
I DON’T THINK EITHER OF US ARE VISIONARIES, BUT WE SEEM TO HAVE THE GOOD SENSE AND FORESIGHT TO HIRE TALENTED AND GOOD PEOPLE, INCLUDING OUR PARTNERS DON FULDA AND ROBERT HECK. SOME OF OUR TALENTED AND GOOD PEOPLE HAVE JOINED ME TONIGHT.
- SENIOR ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT RON LARKINS – WITH WARD YOUNG OVER 20 YEARS
- SENIOR ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT DAVE BOURKE – WITH WARD YOUNG OVER 20 YEARS (DESIGNER OF THE HGTV DREAM HOME)
- SOON-TO-BE ARCHITECT TYLER DENIO – WITH WARD-YOUNG 4 YEARS
- MARKETING MANAGER LISA BURNS – WITH WARD-YOUNG 1-1/2 YEARS - AND PROBABLY KNOWS MORE PEOPLE HERE TONIGHT THAN I DO
TIM AND I ALSO BELIEVE THAT OUR SUCCESS IS ROOTED IN OUR PASSION FOR IN COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND THE RECOGNIZING THEIMPORTANCE OF GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY. WE STRIVE TO MAKE THIS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR FIRM’S CULTURE. ALONG WITH VOLUNTEERING AND PARTICIPATING IN VARIOUS COMMUNITY BOARDS, ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS, WARD-YOUNG HAS AN ENDOWMENT FUND WITH TAHOE TRUCKEE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION TO WHICH WE CONTRIBUTE ANNUALLY, AND WE MAKE A MULTI-YEAR CONTRIBUTION PLEDGE TO THE TRUCKEE RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL.
WE OPPERATE FROM TWO LOCATIONS – OUR TRUCKEE STUDIO HAS A STAFF OF 17, AND OUR BAY AREA STUDIO, LOCATED IN LAFAYETTE IN THE EAST BAY, HAS A STAFF OF 6.
TIM AND I RECOGNIZED EARLY ON THAT TO SURVIVE IN A SMALL COMMUNITY (TRUCKEE HAD ABOUT A QUARTER OF THE POPULATION IT DOES NOW) THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO BE NIMBLE, FLEXIBLE, DO GREAT DESIGN WORK, AND ABOVE ALL PROVIDE OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO OUR CLIENTS.
WE RECOGNIZED A NEED, AND HAD THE DESIRE, TO HAVE A DIVERSE PORTFOLIO OF PROJECTS. WE STILL DO. THIS DIVERSE PORTFOLIOFALLS INTO 3 GENERAL CATEGORIES -
- CUSTOM HOMES
- PUBLIC AGENCY PROJECTS
- MOUNTAIN RESORTS AND HOSPITALITY RELATED PROJECTS
THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS PROVIDE EXAMPLE OF THIS DIVERSE DESIGN EXPERIENCE:
- THE RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTER YOU ARE EXPERIENCING AND ENJOYING HERE TONIGHT
- THE SQUAW VALLEY FIRE STATION AND PUBLIC SERVICE DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS YOU PASSED AS YOU CAME HERE TONIGHT
- SUNNYSIDE LODGE AND RESTAURANT
- JUDAH LODGE AT SUGAR BOWL
- MID AND UPPER GONDOLA STATIONS AT HEAVENLY
- THE NEW ADMIN AND TERMINAL BUILDING AT TRUCKEE TAHOE AIRPORT
- NORTHSTAR HIGHLANDS FIRE STATION AND THE NTFPD’S HEADQUARTERS AND FIRE STATION IN TAHOE CITY COMPLETED IN 2012
- THE HGTV 2014 DREAM HOME AT SCHAFFER’S MILL – MENTION DAVE BOURKE, ARCHITECT
- 48 HOMES IN LAHONTAN AND 28 HOMES IN MARTIS CAMP, AND COUNTING
- DON’T WORRY ANDREW, I’M NOT GOING TO LEAVE YOU OUT – THE BIG MATERIALS STORAGE WAREHOUSE AT TRUCKEE TAHOE LUMBER.
WE ARE LOOKING TO THE FUTURE AND PLANNING FOR THE NEXT 37 YEARS. PERHAPS IN 5, 10, 15, OR 20 YEARS RON, DAVE, TYLER, OR LISA WILL BE STANDING UP HERE ACCEPTING A CHAMBER AWARD – THAT WOULD BE OUR HOPE.
IN CLOSING, I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK LYNN, RUTH, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AND CHAMBER STAFF
FOR THE OUTSTANDING WORK THEY DO IN PROMOTING AND REPRESENTING OUR COMMUNITY.
AND THANKS AGAIN FOR THIS HONOR.
Ward-Young was honored once again with Mountain Living's Top 100 Architects & Interior Designers. To view the article please click here...http://www.mountainliving.com/sites/mountainliving.com/files/arch_list_2014.pdf
The City of Lafayette and the Lafayette Environmental Task Force are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Lafayette Awards of Environmental Excellence, more commonly known as the Lafayette Green Awards, which recognize outstanding efforts that contribute to a more sustainable community and help the City achieve its environmental goals. Awards are chosen across five different categories: residents, local businesses, schools, community organizations, and green building.
The 2013 winners include:
- § Resident – Tina Goodfriend
- § Local Businesses – Rising Loafer Café & Bakery, and Hunsaker Goodstein PC
- § Schools – Erika Pringsheim-Moore
- § Community Organizations – Friends Corner Book Shop
- § Green Building – Fresh Connection (Scott Thomsen, Architect-Ward-Young Architects and Hank Miller, Owner)
The winners will be formally announced at the Lafayette Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at noon at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center Plaza. Additionally, Mayor Tatzin will present the awards to the recipients at the next City Council meeting on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center Community Hall.
For more information on the Green Awards, please visit www.lovelafayette.org/GreenAwards.
Geometric shapes craft a fresh, welcoming Martis Camp retreat
Photography by Mariko Reed
Considered by some as America’s first truly modern architect, Louis Sullivan argued that because a building has no means of locomotion, it cannot hide and remains in place to tell “truths” about all the people who designed it, built it and contributed to its physical manifestation.
The “truths” told by this 4,600 square foot Martis Camp residence, sitting in the forest as a stunning example of modern alpine architecture, is that it was designed, crafted and built by the best of the best.
Architect Ted Brobst, general contractor Gabe Shacter and interior designer Martine Paquin began the “manifestation” of this Tahoe retreat for a San Francisco Bay Area family in 2011. Brobst, marking 21 years with Truckee’s Ward-Young Architecture, set out to create an unquestionably modern, but also comfortable, warm and private home. The overall composition of geometric shapes are dressed in mountain appropriate materials—Cisco Grove ledgestone, clear cedar boards, COR-TEN panels—all running unbounded from exterior to interior to maintain a pure expression of form. Shed roofs rise up from mostly flat roofed volumes to rest on walls of glass, allowing sun and natural light to wash in and expand the open sense of the spaces.
Bracketed between stone-clad cubes acting as sentries, a simple wood bridge leads to the entry door in a protective alcove topped with a COR-TEN-faced roof slab. The transparency of the great room window wall and east terrace lie beyond, with the great room bathing in generous amounts of daylight aided by blue sky shots from windows on three sides. A silky-smooth, board-formed concrete fireplace surround and cantilevered hearth is the simple, elegant centerpiece of the room and one of many spectacular concrete pieces in the home produced by Oakland’s Concreteworks. “There is so much possibility with that one material,” says San Francisco–based designer Paquin, noting the chameleon-like malleability of concrete. “So many different textures, patinas and finishes are possible.”
Throughout the interior, Paquin balanced an earthy palette of wood, stone, metal and glass against very refined, clean surfaces, textures and materials. The chocolatey-hued concrete floor running throughout the lower level quietly complements the home’s elemental material palette. An open kitchen sits at the south end of the great room with thin, gleaming white Caesarstone countertops floating atop crisply assembled rift-sawn oak casework; a generous built-in banquet accompanies the kitchen, dressed in supple white leather sitting snug against tall walls of east- and south-facing windows.
The interior materials work to brighten and harmonize with the architecture, eliminating the often jarring distinction between the two disciplines. Brobst and Shacter laud Paquin’s creativity and overall contribution to the project.
“Martine brought a lot to the table and she is definitely passionate about what she does,” says Shacter. “And to her credit, she’s very open to new ideas.”
One of the home’s most compelling elements is the concrete, steel and glass staircase: concrete treads suspended to magically cantilever off a massive stone wall.
“The stair is awesome,” says Brobst. “Aren [Saltiel, an architectural intern at Ward-Young] and I did all the detailing of that stair and it was a real pleasure.”
Given that each individual steel riser support weighs approximately 260 pounds (before the concrete tread is put on top), Shacter maintained a cautious and vigilant approach to the construction and installation. “You walk in the front door and the stairs are right there, one of the first things you see, so we spent a lot of time on it.”
At the top of the stairs, big angular windows in the rec room cash in on Carson Range views, and the lofty, light-filled sense of the space results from the two-story wall of glazing shared with the mudroom passage below. Curtains magically appear from a recess in the wall, turning the rec room into a movie theater, and three of the home’s guest suites await mere steps from this instant cinema.
If there is one room in the house that strays ever so slightly from the expected mountain vernacular, it is the dreamy, spa-like master bathroom.
“It’s such a rich space,” says Shacter. “There is nothing sharp about the room. Every time I walk in there, I think ‘this is mind blowing.’” Frosty white glass doors, a complementary selection of tiles and ample amounts of discretely built-in casework live in a space served by high, horizontal windows and a skylight that allows daylight to pour onto the creamy white concrete sink area. But without question, the show stealer of this empyreal room is the soaking tub: a solid concrete cube that has the inviting visual softness and color of a huge, plump (and certainly geometric) marshmallow.
The fantastic result of the project team’s synergy was born of mutual respect, successful and bountiful communication, and in the case of Brobst and Shacter, history. This is Shacter’s fifth project with Brobst, a working relationship the contractor describes as “awesome.”
“I have a lot of respect for what Ted does,” says Shacter. “It’s hard to find someone who can visualize the details like he does.”
Of Shacter, the characteristically reserved Brobst is candid. “Gabe builds a phenomenal house. The quality is unbelievable. Everything is thought about and cared about and the craftsmanship is top of the line.”
There is nothing fussy in this spectacular demonstration of modern architecture, and yet, clearly every aspect was spectacularly fussed over. Linear relationships of detailing and materials are flawless and magnificent. “You want to build it so that in the end, no one notices anything,” says Shacter, “because if they do notice, it’s going to be something that went wrong. We wanted there to be nothing to talk about except to walk in and say, ‘Wow.’” Mission accomplished. Wow, indeed.
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