Blog: Tagged 'Drive'
Thursday, October 10, 2013 saw the highly anticipated groundbreaking of our latest mixed-use office project, Drive 2.Continue
Designed as a counterpart to its predecessor, Drive 2 hopes to achieve the same public acclaim and success as Drive 1, which has earned four prestigious design awards to date and counting. As per the usual groundbreaking of a Zeppelin project, there was free food by Fuel Café, free beer and cocktails flowing from Proper Pour and CapRock Farm Bar (both tenants at The Source), a live DJ and festive atmosphere. Only this time there was a new element: a proper car smashing… because what groundbreaking event would be complete without demolishing an automobile with a tractor backhoe?
You might be thinking, “What does crushing a vehicle have to do with the kickoff of a new office building project?” Aside from the fact that the spectacle gave new meaning to the term groundbreaking—the car was lifted 10 feet overhead at one point and released to come crashing down on the raw earth of the construction site—there was some symbolism at play. On the side of the matte black car were spray-painted the words, “BIKE to WORK.” The demonstration was part of the effort to revitalize Denver’s River North (RiNo) District with bike- and pedestrian-friendly amenities and to encourage community members to trade in their four-wheel rides for two.
(That, and to draw a crowd, of course.)
Check out our close-up footage from that day...
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Posted on October 14, 2013 at 05:31pm
Welcome to the community! As a new employee, I was introduced to BRS's office culture in the most unusual way: shopping cart races, hosted by TAXI's soon-to-be-largest tenant, Boa Technology.Continue
When Mike asked me to be on the race team, I was suspicious it was some sort of intern hazing ritual, especially when he told me to bring as many water guns as I could get my hands on. As it turns out, events like this are a normal pastime in the TAXI community. As the teams assembled on a beautiful Colorado summer afternoon, I was astonished by the creativity and energy each group put into their costumes and strategies. Teams were composed of pirates, gorillas, construction workers and pool party crashers.
As the teams fueled up on a prerace performance-enhancing meal of BBQ and beer, the rules were announced:
- One person rides in the cart while holding two cups of water, a second person pushes, and each lap the pusher and rider must be switched out with new team members.
- You must get the cart over hay bales, navigate tricky turns, and avoid concrete barriers.
- Each time you switch team members, you must add an object to the cart (e.g., kiddie pool, door, street cone, inflatable raft, water balloon, etc.).
- The team with the fastest time, all objects intact, and the most water left in their cups at the end of four laps wins!*
*Judges can change rules and results at any time.
And just like that, the first annual shopping cart race was underway. Teams ran the races using a variety of techniques. Some took offensive approaches such as riding in the bottom of the cart, which seemed to deliver fast transitions, lots of cart space for objects, and lightning speeds; on the downside, they tended to spill lots of water. BRS took a defensive approach, armed with an arsenal of water guns. The goal was to ambush the competition. While opponent drivers were trying to steer their partners to safety, Team BRS drenched the opposition. Despite the fact that our team came in first in their heat, our water levels were not quite up to par with the competition and one of our objects—the water balloon—didn’t survive the race (perhaps it was thrown at the competition). Needless to say, we did not advance to the finals...
The final heat, which resulted in a tie, was ultimately decided by an impromptu dance-off and Team Zeppelin clinched the victory, barely edging out 4240 Architecture to take home the golden shopping cart trophy. At the end of the day, Boa Technology demonstrated they will fit right in with the TAXI community with their inventive competition/party (we hope it’s an annual tradition!), festive attitude, and plenty of food and adult refreshments to go around.
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Posted on November 20, 2012 at 12:08pm
TAXI 3, formerly known as DRIVE, is nearing completion! Stephen Dynia Architects led the early design concept of the cutting-edge four-story office building and BRS was brought in to document the design for construction.Continue
Check out the time-lapse video below, taken from our office window.
Located in the heart of the River North Art District (otherwise known as RiNo), the 38,000-square-foot building is part of the TAXI Development that is the home of our own office and was originally the site of the Yellow Cab dispatch center and corporate headquarters as well as an old freight warehouse. A few tenants, the biggest of which is Boa Technology, have already started to move in and occupy the space. So far, the feedback has been extremely encouraging.
Some of TAXI 3’s inviting features include recycled wood gym flooring for floors, tables and counters; numerous garage doors at each level, reminiscent of the original garage doors of the former Yellow Cab depot, with large expanses of glazing to allow for natural daylight and sweeping views of the surrounding metro area; a skylight that runs down the spine of the building, with glass inserted in the floors below, permitting even more daylight to flood the main circulation halls; and unfinished metal interior doors.
It’s not uncommon to be able to stand in one spot in the building and see through to the outdoors in all four directions. In addition to providing great views and daylight, the garage doors offer natural ventilation for those beautiful Colorado days…
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Posted by Jason Ringdahl, AIA on October 16, 2012 at 10:54am
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