21,000 RECYCLED WATER BOTTLES USED TO CREATE INSULATED WALL
Microbiology Manufacture Company, 3i, Receives Cellular Retrofit to House New Offices
Denver, CO (July 28, 2011)- The Taxi Development in Denver, CO has long been setting the standard for progressive models in mixed-use development, integrating live and work space into a thriving community. Increasing the sustainable aspects of their development property by hiring tres birds workshop to renovate their most recent build-out, the 3i office and manufacturing facility (in the space that once maintained Denver’s taxi cab’s diesel repair garage) is now complete, including construction of a 21,000 recycled bottle, insulated, interior/ exterior wall (140’ W x 21’ L).
The 7700 s.f. building, which hasn’t been occupied since 1999, when taxi cabs would stop in to get their oil changed and refuel, is now home to biotech company and microscope manufacturer, 3i. When Mike Moore, Principal at tres birds workshop, was brought into the project, he immediately began consulting with the company to learn of work flow patterns, goals for the new space and ultimately, piece together an idea of how to best activate what would be their future warehouse and manufacturing lab.
Reclaimed material usage is prominent throughout tres birds workshop projects, both residential and commercial. In the 3i project, 21,000 water bottles were pulled from the conveyor belt at nearby recycling facility, Waste Management. From here, the bottles were sanitized and later cut to fill the space between an interior and exterior panel. This was the first time tres birds workshop has employed the use of water bottles in their construction techniques, a result of what Moore says is their role not only as architects, but inventors. “By the way we approach our projects, we are constantly having to invent new solutions to fit customized needs.” P.E.T. plastic is one of America’s largest material volumes contributing to landfills today.
tres birds workshop has been intentionally using materials that get ‘downcycled’ in the recycling process to lower our countries use of non-renewable energy. Reclaimed hockey glass from professional sports arena, The Pepsi Center, in Denver was used for construction of office walls, as well as surplus pallet racks for framing. A 2100 s.f. mezzanine was added to the space made entirely of structural reclaimed pallet rack uprights and maple railroad boxcar floor boards. Moore and his team utilized these materials in their purest form and extended their structural identities to the fullest.
The creative concept is based on ‘cells’, inspired by the work being performed in the space. The water bottle wall exhibits a cellular feeling as well as the storage unit, whose walls are made of large plastic, circular cut outs to secure high-value microscope technology and equipment.
tres birds workshop does more with less and is a leader in creating high design experiences and custom environments that align with individual client lifestyles, workflows and desires. tres birds workshop considers lowering embodied energy, increasing use of natural day lighting and facilitating connections between humans and the natural environment top priorities in architecture. The process of any tres birds workshop project is inter-disciplinary, combining knowledge from art, science, engineering and architecture to collaboratively seek solutions to building challenges that ultimately affect both people and the planet in positive ways.