In 2011, the Denver chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) partnered with CAD-1, Inc. to administer a design-build competition for a home that would be built for Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity in Kittredge, Colorado. The winning design of a duplex was submitted by Molly Blakley, Assoc. AIA; Alan Ford, AIA; Kathy Ford, AIA; and Matt Weaver, Assoc. AIA, with Alan Ford Architects P.C. as the Architect of Record.


The duplex features a super-insulated envelope to accommodate the cold microclimate on the north-facing slope of the mountain build site and a ground source heat pump. A sip system provides an R-50 walls and an R-75 roof. Principles of daylighting and ventilation are incorporated into window systems.

Currently under construction and nearing completion, the home will be occupied by Hazzell, a single mother who was abandoned in a dumpster at the age of four and grew up with foster families and in group homes, and her son, Titus. Building volunteers can sign up to assist with the build at bluespruce.volunteerhub.com through July 27, 2013. The home dedication ceremony is tentatively scheduled for July 28, 2013.

The duplex is still thousands of dollars away from its fundraising goal, with donations being accepted via credit card at givingfirst.org/habitatcolorado. Please include “AIA Denver” in the Special Instructions field of the donation form to ensure proper designation of your donation. Checks (with AIA Denver written in the Memo line) can be mailed to Habitat for Humanity of Colorado, 550 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Ste. 150, Lakewood, CO 80226.