Colorado Veterans Center and Domiciliary at Homelake  |  Monte Vista, Colorado

To guide the preservation and further development of this 120-year-old campus, Boulder Associates and landscape architects Ouellette & Associates led a public planning process that culminated in a detailed master plan. The plan prioritized restoration and rehabilitation of existing structures and established locations for future expansion of care facilities.

The restoration and rehabilitation involved twenty-five duplex domiciliary cottages that offers veterans independent and assisted living. The work included new accessible interiors, exterior repairs and repainting, window replacements, all new mechanical systems with geothermal sourced heat pumps, energy performance upgrades, accessible walkways, outdoor shade structures, and new landscaping. This project achieved LEED for Homes Platinum certification in 2011. The full scope of the project included forty eight units plus a clinic.

Sustainability Features

  • A ground source heat-pump system installed to take advantage of the static temperature of the earth.
  • An 11-panel solar thermal system provides preheated domestic hot water for the cottages.
  • New closed cell foam insulation in the walls and crawl space provides a much tighter envelope, reducing heating and cooling losses and resulting in additional energy savings.
  • Significant savings from reduced water use will be realized from low-flow showers and faucets.
  • New site irrigation uses untreated well water.
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood was used for interior wood casework & moldings.