A few months ago, one of our partners, Rod Kazenske, received a call from Innovative Design Quarterly, a publication that focuses on the unique architectural projects across the US and the creative processes that shape them. The magazine had heard about the Florida Equestrian Center and nearby Viewing Pavilion. As a result, they were curious how a small firm in Denver became involved in such an unusual type of architecture, especially when this project was based in southern Florida.
Rod not only walked them through his expanding role as a former architect for the client, to a consultant, to the lead designer on the large project, but also his attention to details, management of the facility, and safety for both humans and horses. The article provided an overview of the building’s layout as well, including the central courtyard, two residential wings, and outdoor patio.
The viewing pavilion also had its moment to shine. The stepped terrace provides excellent sight lines to the two flanking polo fields, as well as a wet bar area and bathroom facilities, but the sun sails and turfed steps illustrated unique solutions that truly gave the structure it’s character and full functionality.
About a month ago, we posted a series of renderings and a video for the Five Rings Farm equestrian center in Wellington, Florida. After quite a bit of hard work, we’ve updated the video to include changes to the exterior and a close-up look at the interior. Check it out!
The project itself is a 15 acre facility that includes an 18 stall barn with an office and gym, covered riding arena and viewing area, on-site groom’s and maintenance facility, and a hot walker for cooling down horses after a hard workout. It’s primary purpose is for dressage, but it can be easily converted for hunter/jumper competitions in the future.
Also in the future is phase II of the project, consisting of a caretaker’s quarters, owner’s bungalow, separate quarantine barn, and an additional six stalls on each wing of the main barn. However, first thing’s first, so we’re excited to break ground on the primary facility later this year!
On Monday, we kicked off Barn Fire Safety Month with some sombering facts about the destructive cost of agrarian structure fires. Today, we’re here to share a checklist of the most critical steps one can take to improve the safety of your staff, horses, and property.
Here at CMB Architecture, April is Barn Fire Safety month. After years of touring, remodeling, and designing equestrian projects, we’ve come to realize that fire safety is often a critically overlooked factor in both new and existing facilities. The National Fire Protection Agency reports that between 2006-2010, over 800 structure fires occurred in barns each year, causing human casualties, equine fatalities, and tens of millions of dollars in property damage.
In order to help combat that statistic, we’ve decided to do our part to raise awareness. All throughout the month of April, we’ll be posting information, checklists, videos, and other resources to help owners and facility managers keep their barns safe. However, if you’d prefer to have the content sent directly to your inbox, please sign up for our mailing list below. It will also provide a link to the full NFPA report on barn structure fires.
If you’re interested in the report but would prefer not to sign up, the download is also available here.