Fraser Experimental Forest Staff Quarters
- Project Overview
- Renovation and Re-use of two existing outdated staff housing buildings
- Addition of a kitchen, meeting room, and outdoor patio
- Major Deliverables
- Re-configuration and Upgrade of the Exixting Buildings
- Expansion of the Facility into a single building to house research staff on short-term assignment in the forest
- Conversion of th existing buildings from seasonal use to year-round accessibility
- LEED Certification
- Increased Energy Efficiency
- High Performance Glazing
- High Hydronic Heating System
- Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures
- Efficient Light Fixtures
- Improved Thermal Comfort Through the use of an Energy Recovery Ventilator System
Remotely located high in Colorado's Front Range, the Fraser Experimental Forest serves as a key fixture in the USFS mission to study and understand the Rocky Mountain ecosystem. The forest base includes permanent and transient housing, research laboratory, a vehicle maintenance shop, and additional support facilities.
The facility (which is an upgrade to and new connection between two existing structures) provides semi-transient dorm-style lodging for 12 occupants, centralized shower and restroom facilities, common kitchen and dining area, and a multipurpose meeting/lounge/recreation room.
During the programming stages of the project, SE's multi-discipline team focused its attention on understanding the client's requirements for the space, as well as gaining an understanding of conditions in the existing structures. The team formulated a substantial analysis report, outlining observations and recommendations, including an understanding of issues which could cause construction cost or schedule overruns. This document allowed the client to make informed decisions about the direction of the project based upon professional expertise.
The staff quarters building was designed to achieve LEED certification. Additional project goals included increased energy efficiency through building envelope insulation, high performance glazing, high efficiency hydronic heating system, low-flow plumbing fixtures, efficient light fixtures, natural lighting, improved thermal comfort through the use of an energy recovery ventilator system, and various other retrofits to the existing structures.
Locally milled beetle-kill pine was used throughout the facility.