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Grand Canyon Hounds and Stables in Flagstaff, Arizona by 180 Degrees Design + Build

Project name:
Grand Canyon Hounds and Stables
Architecture firm:
180 Degrees Design + Build
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Matt Winquist
Principal architect:
180 Degrees Design + Build
Design team:
John Anderson AIA
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Loven Contracting Inc
Tools used:
Loven Contracting Inc
Commercial, Stable

180 Degrees Design + Build: While the typical American consumes 80 to 100 gallons a day, this water-wise facility thrives on a lean 7.7 gallons a day, per capita. By incorporating passive stormwater harvesting into the architecture and installing collection mechanisms for wastewater, 180 Degrees Design + Build helped this forward-thinking facility reduce its draw on the local well and effectively defend itself against the constant threat of wildfire. Smart ventilation and climate control systems aid in the site’s efficiency and our classic attention to detail and construction lends a rustic yet modern sophistication to buildings that are both functional and attractive.

“We instilled a more modern look on the complex, playing with proportions and sizing,” reflects 180 Degrees Design + Build Principal Architect John Anderson AIA, who took the lead as project architect. “These are really beautiful spaces. Even though they’re in a different style than we typically design, we still ended up putting our mark on it.”

Though humans have kept horses and dogs as companions for millennia, little literature exists on best practices for designing specialized kennel and stable facilities, particularly not with present-day technology like heating and water collection. Smarter water usage was top of mind as we considered how to make this site more efficient and eco-friendly. Analysis by Aztech Design showed that 175,200 gallons of water would be consumed each year for wash downs of the facility and animal hygiene. Landscaping required by local codes and ordinances would use an additional 24,000 gallons per year.

By Liliana Alvarez

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