From our start out of the house basement of our founder, TK-Architecture has quickly risen into a leader of architectural design for government projects along the Colorado Front Range. During the past five years, TK-Architecture has completed projects on every military installation in Colorado and has extended our presence into the southwest with an office in Tucson, Arizona. The past 5 years would not have been possible without our friends, partners, colleagues, and clients.
Tom Kapels of TK-Architecture was part of a select team involved with a week long review of the planning and conceptual design efforts of a new headquarters building for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Buffalo District. The proposed new $26 million, 42,000 square foot facility will be built on the existing site on the eastern shoreline of Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York. The study involved personnel from both the Buffalo and Louisville Districts.
TK-Architecture has published it's Sustainabilty Action Plan as a roadmap toward achieving the design of carbon-neutral and net-zero energy consuming buildings. The plan also includes the implementation of several policies meant to reduce the firm's carbon footprint. The plan comprises of an approach method defined by the six "C"s; Connection, Creditability, Capabilty, Culture, Confirmation, & Communication. The Sustainability Action Plan is a key step in TK-Architecture's pledge to the AIA 2030 Commitment and the Architecture 2030 Challenge.
Tom Kapels of TK-Architecture participated in a week-long peer review and value engineering workshop for a new $25 million dollar facility for the Air Force Guardian Angel Pararescue team at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. The study was conducted with an integrated team of subject-matter experts, the design team of Woolpert-RS&H Joint Venture, and the Louisville District of the Army Corps of Engineers. The project will be pursuing LEED certification.
has re-released its Design Quality Control Plan with updates to include key components
of the recently developed Sustainability Implementation Plan and BIM Execution
Plan. The changes bring the Design
Quality Control Plan into unison with the other two plans and with the new initiatives
and best practices implemented within the firm to include the AIA 2030 Commitment. The plan addresses quality assurance within the
design process with a series of checks and cross-checks designed to ensure
accountability and coordination among disciplines. It also addresses the quality control process
of establishing a third-party review of design concepts and documentation through
Independent Technical Reviewers.
TK-Architecture has been awarded a design contract with El Paso County for various improvements to the fairgrounds located in Calhan, Colorado. The 40-acre site has over a 100-year history and is one of the largest county-owned public facilities. The new work includes the design of an exhibit pavilion, water splash pad area, playground, electrical improvements to the campgrounds, new south entrance, and landscaping. The project is one of several phases identified in the fairgrounds master plan developed in 2007. The project is targeting completion in time for the county fair in July.
TK-Architecture has released its Sustainability Implementation Plan designed for use on projects pursuing certification and compliance with Executive Order 13693 "Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade". The plan has been built around both the DoD and VA requirements, and it is intended for use with LEED, Green Globes, or High Performance Sustainable Buildings (HPSB) certification methods. The Sustainability Implementation Plan includes Sustainability Opportunity Scorecards for New Construction (NC), Commercial Interiors (CI), and Existing Buildings (EB) as well as templates for Owner Project Requirements (OPR), Basis of Design (BOD), Commissioning Plan (Cx Plan), and credit assignments/implementation worksheet.
TK-Architecture is the design component of a design-build team selected to provide xeriscaping solutions for the Air Force to reduce turf and irrigation at four installations in Colorado. The combined area of the project is 33-acres and includes Buckley Air Force Base, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
On the anniversary of its founding, TK-Architecture made the pledge to the AIA 2030 Commitment of developing and tracking building performance with the ultimate goal of designing all new buildings and major renovations to be energy and carbon neutral by the year 2030. Within the next year, TK-Architecture will develop its long-term sustainability action plan while implementing immediate steps to reduce its carbon footprint as a firm.
Over a year in the making, TK-Architecture has developed its BIM Execution Plan which establishes common parameters of data entry/information exchange, levels of model development, and delineates roles and responsibilities of the team in creation and use of the project model. Based upon the U.S. National BIM and CAD standards, the BIM Execution Plan has been developed for compliance with the DoD and VA requirements. Its contents include definitions of spaces and elements according to CSI OmniClass, Levels of Development classifications in accordance with AIA, Minimum Modeling Matrix (M3), framework for analysis, and model information exchange through a cloud-based collaborative workspace environment.