On February 26th, Tobin & Associates, P.C., presented the Wyoming Air National Guard, 153 Airlift Wing with their LEED Silver Certification for Building 16. Ken Tobin, architect, and Terrell Hasting Project Manager; presented the LEED Certificate to Col. Justin Walrath and his staff
Mr. Tobin stated that their design work for Building 16 started 2008. The project was officially completed in 2017. It proved to be a long process, but well worth the efforts of all involved.
As a LEED Silver Building, the facility has met stringent review by the U.S. Green Building Counsel, and it is a facility which takes seriously the conservation of energy and protection of the environment.
Building 16 is currently the second largest SRM project completed by the National Guard Bureau to date.
Building 16 was a unique project, in that it was considered a remodel rather than new construction because of the available funding. The Administration component of the building required the removed of all the interior walls, which left just the concrete structure of columns, beams and floors and roof. As part of the LEED certification this project earned points for Building Reuse, as well as Construction Waste Management by keeping the structure and recycling 84% of the materials removed from the original building during demolition.
This project also earned LEED points for Water Use Reduction using low water use plumbing fixtures and Storm Water Management because this base directs all storm water run-off into a retaining pond.
In addition, the Building has advance features, such as the underfloor heating and air conditioning delivery system, which provides controlled comfort for the building occupants. The conditioned air flow from bottom to top, means that contaminants will be pulled from the space while eliminating air stratification within the spaces.
The building construction utilized new building materials certified as containing very low volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s. Upon completion of the building there was minimal off-gassing of the interior finishes, therefor the occupants of the building did not experience the “new car smell”, however staff and visitors are not breathing harmful VOC throughout the work day.
Natural lighting within most work areas have been provided. This allows staff contact with the outside world. Natural daylighting deep into the work spaces reduces reliance on artificial lighting. This not only saves energy but improves overall wellbeing for 153rd. staff and visitors.
The above are but a few of the LEED credits which were incorporated into the building. A total of 36 LEED credits or points were documented to attain the LEED Silver Certification.
The LEED Silver Certificate is a public acknowledgement that the 153D Command takes seriously the well being and workplace welfare of their personnel.
Mr. Tobin said that it was a great honor to serve the 153D Airlift Wing and the entire Air Guard during the renovation of this building.
Tobin & Associates in collaboration with Dubbe – Moulder Architects of Jackson, Wyoming were selected by the Teton County School District #1 to design a new Elementary School to be located south of Jackson, Wyoming. The Team is currently completing the programming, educational specifications and conceptual planning for the District’s newest school. The new 77,000+ square foot building will provide much needed space for an expected 584 students.
The site selected for the school will is south of Jackson on Highway 89 opposite Swinging Bridge Road. The approximately 20 acre site will provide student and staff spectacular views of the Teton Mountain Range and the Snake River Valley.
Occupancy of the school is planned for the fall of 2018.
Tobin & Associates has again sponsored Cheyenne's American Legion Post 6 baseball program. These young athletes representthe community well in their participation in this worthwhile program for our young community members. Many of the athletes have gone on to play in baseball programs in their colleges years. Tobin & Associates wish all of them well in their endeavor
SkillsUSA Wyoming is a part of a national Career-Technical Student Organization serving students in Secondary and Post-Secondary technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA prepares America’s high performance workers and provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.
The Wyoming Conference for 2016, is in Casper (April 11, 12, and 13), with a theme of “Champions at Work, Connecting You to Career Success”. The National Conference will be in June, in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of students across the country compete.
Tobin & Associates made a donation to the Cheyenne Central High School Team of Cody Vincent, Bradley Bunz, and Ben Monger, for their project of totally rebuilding an old pinball machine and setting it up to in a SkillsUSA format to function and operate to play a SkillsUSA game of career seeking.
Best of luck to the Central Team in their endeavors!
Tobin & Associates is active in sponsoring the Laramie County Community College Rodeo Team, and contributing to the Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo. We will again be contributing to the Rodeo Team this year, made up of 30 to 40 student athletes. The donation goes toward the College’s rodeo activities and the scholarships of the students.
The Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo is annually in October. This year it is on October 7 – 9, 2016.
The Cheyenne Children Museum recently went public with their intentions and design of the New Cheyenne Children’s Museum located in downtown Cheyenne. Tobin & Associates is proud to be a part of the process that has taken place as the Architect of Record and are excited to see this important project come to fruition for the City of Cheyenne.
We've moved our Loveland office, one block west of where we were downtown. We are now on the second floor of the historic Loveland Opera House on 4th Street. Our new address is 138 East 4th Street.
Tobin & Associate’s dedicated team of walkers and runners spent a recent Friday evening supporting the Cheyenne Fury Girls U-10 Soccer Team. Through Tobin & Associates support, coupled with a number of other Cheyenne Businesses, the Team raised over $600.00. In addition to our staff, several of their spouses and children gave up a Friday evening to support the Fury Team. This fund raiser will allow the girls to attend soccer events during the 2016 U-10 soccer season.
Tobin & Associates sponsored the Cheyenne Soccer Association U10 Girls Galaxy Team for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 season. The girls practiced and played hard this fall under the coaching direction of Brandon VanTassell and Will Wedemeyer. Team Galaxy went 6-2 winning their last four games in a row. We look forward to seeing what the team can do this spring! GO GALAXY
Camellia El-Antably and Mark Vinich purchased there 1880 cir. building with intent of repurposing it as an art studio and gallery. Kelly Buchanan served as the project manager and designer, together with Ken Tobin as principal in charge for this challenging renovation. The building presented the owners and design team will numerous challenges, including asbestos containing materials that were abated; utilities passing through the building and into the neighboring building; and structural deficiencies, to list a few. The building also revealed surprises once the initial demolition was complete. Original gas light piping was found in place above the original ceiling, as well as a roof sheathing board that was once sign for a local Chinese laundry.
Our team of designers, and our contractor, J.L. Everett Construction, have delivered to the owners a renovated, sound facility exceeding the expectations of the artists.
The gallery is located at 1513 Carey Avenue in downtown Cheyenne. Please stop in and visit with Camellia and Mark or visit the gallery's Facebook page .
Progress on the Carey Gallery. Ceilings are completed, walls are framed and finished, flooring and exterior soon to come.
Tobin and Associates held an open house in our Cheyenne office in celebration of National Architecture Week. We enjoyed walking visitors through our office and chatting about what we do.
On November 14, 2013 Ken Tobin, Terrell Hasings, and Matt Tredennick attended the University of Wyoming Sustainability Summit. The summit included tours, panels, and lectures regarding the sustainable building practices and experience on the UW campus. Many discussions were LEED specific, including mention of our Performing Arts Center addition and Half Acre Gymnasium addition.
On April 26, Megin Rux, Assoc. AIA; and Ken Tobin, AIA participated in the University of Wyoming, Architectural Engineering Department’s final design review critique for the Junior, Senior and Graduate design studios. The Junior Design class was charged with the design of a Pet Center for a senior living center. Senior Design class designed a 40,000+ square foot church addition for a Chapel located in Laramie, Wyoming. The Graduate students submitted a design for an international competition, working as a team with a European architect.
The critique was held in the lower level of the UW Student Union, as an open-house format. This allowed each member of the critique team time for a one-on-one review and discussion of the student’s work.
We are excited to announce our new branch office, located in downtown Loveland, Colorado. We are thrilled at the prospect of practicing architecture in Northern Colorado, and especially Loveland. We have moved into a space at 330 N. Lincoln Ave., Suite 201, and the space is beginning to fill out. This branch is an opportunity for us to expand into a new market, as well as a chance for our architects and staff living in Colorado to work closer to home.