Ward-Young was recently named in Mountain Living Magazine's Top Mountain Architects and Interior Designers for 2012. The article was published in their September/October 2012 issue.
Ward-Young Architects wins the Merit Award "Artistic Elements" for Tahoe Quarterly Magazine's 9th Annual Mountain Home Awards 2012. The Martis Camp residence was designed by Ward-Young Architect Ted Brobst and built by Corda Construction. The interiors were designed by Anita Lang of IMI Interiors. Ward-Young also received a Runner's Up award for Highland's Fire Station at Northstar-at-Tahoe.
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's Best in the Basin awards program recognizes projects demonstrating exceptional planning, design, and compatibility with the Lake Tahoe environment. Ward-Young Architecture & Planning received the 2011 Residential Modification Project Award for the Schweichler Residence designed by Don Fulda with Ryan Rominger.
The modestly sized Meeks Bay home blends simple, traditional North American mountain forms with contemporary, well-crafted exterior and interior detailing and finishes, providing the owners with a warm, inviting, and livable space they can enjoy all year. The home was designed with a stepping form and fits comfortably with the narrow, steeply sloping site. The detached garage linked to the stepping form of the house, with a minimal foundation footprint, reduces the presence of the house on the small site. The subtle connection to the lake ultimately became one of the more remarkable design features. Other perennial landscaping further softens and integrates the house into the site. The small native granite upper terrace is linked by granite slab to an intimate lakeside terrace hidden within the large boulders at the lake edge.
The home was built by Loverde Builders, Inc. The landscape design was by Betty Anderson-Fulda and the landscaping and site restoration work was done by Green Envy, Inc. and Chuck Conway.
The U.S. Forest Service's new Truckee Ranger District Office building has recently been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as LEED Gold. This is the first LEED certified building for the Forest Service in all of the Pacific Southwest Region (California).
Ward-Young's design of the 12,000 square foot ranger district office and visitor information center was designed to achieve several objectives established by the Forest Service for the project. The building’s open floor plan allows for easy communication among staff and healthy, comfortable, and productive workspaces throughout the building. The building orientation on the site takes advantage of the wonderful southern exposure and benefits building heating from natural solar gain in the winter. This solar gain is achieved through a two-story south facing sunspace corridor, incorporating building mass with slate floors and concrete walls. High thermal performance windows allow passive solar heat gain while minimizing heat loss from within the building. Skylights at the building’s roof ridge and light wells through the second floor bring natural light into office workspaces in the center of the building. Automatic lighting control systems measure daylight and dim light fixtures according to the natural day-lighting occurring throughout the day.
The building's heating and ventilation systems have been designed integrally with the building’s architecture to facilitate reduced operational costs and increased comfort to the occupants. The ventilation system provides conditioned air through an under-floor plenum created by an access floor system that enables individual control of the workspaces. The natural stack-effect of the openness between the floors of the two-story building enables air to rise through the building to the roof ridge where it is exhausted or mixed with fresh air and heated or cooled and redistributed to the under-floor plenum.
Energy modeling of the design projects savings of over 50% for electricity and natural gas compared to California and industry standards. During the construction, over three quarters of the on-site generated construction waste was diverted from the landfill to recycling. Recycled products and materials were specified for structural steel, building insulation, aluminum doors, and other products. Over half of the building materials were harvested or manufactured regionally. Products were used that comply with the standards established to achieve healthy indoor air quality.
Ward-Young's consultant team consisted of K.B. Foster Civil Engineering of Carnelian Bay, Beaudin-Ganze Consulting Engineers (mechanical and electrical) of Truckee, Ferrari Shields & Associates (structural) of Reno, designTECH (interior design) of Sacramento, and Rocky Mountain Institute (sustainable design and LEED administration) of Denver. Geney/Gassiot of Reno was the general contractor. Building commissioning services were provided by Bender Engineering & Commissioning of Truckee. This team successfully provided the Forest Service a facility designed to reflect the agency’s principles of conservation and public service.