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Nestled in the beautiful landscape of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, The Bucksbaum Campus of Aspen Music School is a testament to the harmonious integration of education and nature. Recognized as a top-tier teaching and performance institution, the school opens its doors to over 700 of the world’s finest music students every summer. In a quest to enhance this unique learning experience, the school endeavored to refurbish and redevelop its campus to better mesh with the natural landscape. The redesigned campus features two large orchestra rehearsal halls and a stunning cantilevered pavilion perched on the edge of a pond, acting as the centerpiece of the campus, while the studios and practice rooms blend with the hillside. The restoration of disturbed areas and the implementation of tree replacement strategies have created a cohesive community campus, delicately integrated into the natural environment and adjoining Aspen Country Day School campus. The ingenious design and utilization of the campus were recognized with a Merit Award for Design by ASLA Colorado, underscoring the Bucksbaum Campus’s status as a beacon of sustainable and integrated design.

The design of Bucksbaum campus was a collaboration to bring the visions established by the architect to life.  Each building had a unique design feature that set it apart from the other buildings on the campus.  BG worked closely with the architect to highlight these key features, while still meeting the needs of the space.


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The new, state-of-the-art middle school was built to accommodate Aspen’s growing demand for a classroom facility, and to reflect the community’s commitment to sustainability.

BG provided MEP and LEED commissioning services for the new facility. We implemented a number of measures to promote energy efficiency. Some of these included installing a transpired solar collector to pre-heat outside air, installing high-efficiency lighting systems with daylighting and occupancy control censors, solar shading and natural ventilation cooling design, high-efficiency condensing boilers, and more.

Aspen Middle School was the first school in Colorado to achieve LEED Gold Certification. It also won a 2009 ACEC Colorado Engineering Excellence Award. Additionally, the systems are operating at half the utility cost of the previous smaller building.


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The owner redeveloped the existing ski area base real estate into a much larger village setting, to include six new mixed-use buildings, a new plaza and main street, complete with hardscaping, landscaping, snowmelting, roads and site structures, an ice rink and cover structure, and various other associated and support structures. The development plan relocated and reconstructed the main gondola’s lower terminal building to accommodate the layout.

BG reviewed multiple systems within the development including:

  • Master planning and design
  • Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection engineering, lighting design, and building commissioning services
  • Central chiller and boiler plant design
  • Design consistent with ski resort/mountain architecture
  • Coordination with multiple consultants
  • LEED certification consulting
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Additionally, BG provided general lighting for the pedestrian scale poles throughout the plaza and next to entrances to illuminate mounted decorative fixtures, downlights or the lighting for the retail signage. For visual interest, the architecture was accented by either uplighting of the dormers or lighting of the copper roof.

The different levels of light provided the owner the different schedules for each category. To accomplish this type of control a centralized lighting relay system was provided. The master relay panel located in one building with slave relay panels located in others controlled the facility. All panels were interconnected via Cat. 5 cable and the master panel was programmed to turn on and off the different categories or override the program with a master switch.

For additional QA/QC, BG provided commissioning which included document review, installation verification, and staff training.


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The luxury hotel includes a spa, fitness center, multiple dining facilities (including employee dining, casual dining, fine dining, wine bar, and wine cellar), convention facilities, bowling alley, swimming pool, and luxury guest rooms with jacuzzi tubs. The remaining resort spaces include condominiums, a parking garage, and a remote plant.

BG provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering, lighting design, and LEED championing services for this 12-story, high-rise, luxury hotel and condominium development in Deer Valley, Utah.

BG took a number of sustainable measures to meet LEED Silver certification. The team employed free cooling from cooling towers to reduce chiller usage, reduced commercial exhaust emissions, installed CO2 sensors to reduce outside air intake, reclaimed heat from boiler stacks for domestic hot water, and prepared the facility for the potential to preheat domestic hot water from cooling towers and chillers.

The exterior building skin is stone with Hardie board, batten, and shakes. The hotel consists of 173 guestrooms, a 35,000 SF spa and fitness center, a bowling alley and entertainment area, two restaurants, two ballrooms, and numerous retail, commercial and meeting spaces.

The upper six floors are dedicated to 81 condos and residences. There are two full-size swimming pools and a combination of indoor/outdoor spas. The event lawn extends from the first floor terrace with an expansive view of Empire Canyon and the Wasatch mountains.