Native News Network Staff in Native Currents. Discussion »
SALT LAKE CITY Big-D Construction has worked with DesignBuildBLUFF for several years by donating materials to create sustainable homes on the Navajo Reservation in Bluff, Utah.
DesignBuildBLUFF is a non-profit organization that gives architecture students at the University of Utah and the University of Colorado a chance to design and build new sustainable homes for deserving Navajo families.
The most recent of these projects to which Big-D contributed, the Raine House, was completed in December of 2012. This 1,200 square foot home included thermal insulated concrete, reclaimed Cedar Fence exterior finish, and passive solar orientation for heating and cooling. One of DesignBuildBLUFF's most challenging homes to date, it was also one of their most rewarding projects.
Located 30 miles north of Bluff outside the reservation, the site of the Raine House lacked electricity during construction. The relative inaccessibility of the site gave the students the opportunity to explore the nature of prefabrication through the lens of DesignBuildBLUFF while exploring alternative energy solutions.
“Working with Big-D is a huge asset to the construction phase of the design build program. Big-D is accepting of the diverse houses that our DBB students design, making their contributions differ from year to year. We've received roofing material, concrete form work, cement block and even Structural Insulated Panels. DBB essentially hands over 'a never been done before idea' and they say 'how can we help'. DBB is fortunate to have the support of such a prominent local company,”
said Cindy Bithell, Non-Profit Director for DesignBuildBLUFF.
“I think it is important for Big-D to support DesignBuildBLUFF, because it builds better architects by giving students hands on experience and allows for creativity in design and sustainability within a collaborative workshop setting,”
said Jack Livingood, CEO of Big-D Construction.
“The fact that they get to do great charitable work for these families while growing as architects, is icing on the cake!”
Learn more about DesignBuildBLUFF ».
posted June 24, 2013 6:57 am edt