It has been an exciting morning so far. First, I woke up to the Denver Post and read the article titled “Denver nuns go green and modular” and included a fabulous quote from Sister Sue Artone-Fricke “Our heritage as Franciscan sisters is that we take responsibility for the Earth and see all creation as our sisters and brothers and treat all with gentle courtesy.” Lovely.
Then Susan Powers, the developer with Urban Ventures LLC went to the site just in time to see a few modules flying through the air. It never ceases to be thrilling seeing the modules get set. I have become a bit of a junky, in fact. Especially when they make it look so easy, when I know first hand that it is anything but easy. And this one was really exciting, as it is the first multifamily project I have worked on. So amazing.
Then the Mayor of Denver, John Hickenlooper came by (he is a big supporter of green building and communities).
And it isn’t even noon yet. In a few minutes there will be public viewing of the remaining modules being set (the last 8 of the 16 modules will be set today). At 6:45pm tonight I will give a talk about the project and the next phase of AriaDenver (and announcing some new designs as well). If you are in Denver, come by. To rsvp, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Just in case you are wondering, the buildings are not going to be all white as they are now. They will have red metal roofs (with full PV solar on top) that will “nod” to the red roof of the existing convent. The siding will be painted earth colors (the hues taken from their gardens). The painting will be happening in the next few weeks after they complete the button up work between where the modules connect (you may notice that they leave off some siding at the bottom to allow for connectors to the foundation, as well as where modules are side by side and need to connect.
Here comes Project Manager Kate Hiberg, so I am off to walk inside the latest modules being set. (things move fast around here on set day!)