Talk about a serious transformation!  VaST, a Colorado-based a+d firm, purchased an old porn shop earlier this year — the building was located close to Boulder — and completely gutted the place.  Now, you wouldn’t even know it used to have super skeezy viewing booths.  VaST took all that out and set a new standard in using green materials, particularly salvaged and unique materials.  Located at 1720 15th Street in Boulder, Candy Shop is the right kind of place for a budding green professional or socially aware independent looking for some co-working space.  Plus, they’ve just added solar panels to supply a portion of the building’s energy … check out the particulars of the renovation:



  • They added windows to bring in natural light
  • REconstruction harvested lumber from existing interior walls
  • Metal scrap from the interior gutting went to recycling
  • Reclaimed gym floor from Gunnison CC was installed
  • The ducts were flushed and cleaned
  • IKEA cabinets were added to the kitchen
  • FORBO flooring was installed in bathrooms
  • Alpen fiberglass windows were installed in reclaimed barn wood trim
  • Reclaimed oak floors were installed in the kitchen
  • FLOR carpeting with 65% recycled content placed on second floor
  • A TREX bench and railing was added to the front porch
  • HAKATAI recycled glass tile was installed in shower
  • A SOLAR GLASS front door was installed
  • Conference room window was made with beetle kill pine

And there’s a ton more.  Make sure to check out VaST’s blog of the construction progress.  It’s all on one page, just like we do it here, so you should enjoy it …







See more images of the Candy Shop eco renovation

Some images credit: Erik Paulsrud.