Friday, July 27, 2012

HBF to the Rescue!

The Home Builders Foundations provides accessibility solutions and home modifications for individuals with disabilities and financial need through the collaborated efforts of the home building industry.  Recently, they received a phone call from a recipient/patient being release from the hospital. With the patient being released in only a few days and needing a ramp to enter their home, the HBF went to work! With such a tight turn around, the HBF decided to go with a modular aluminum ramp that they were able to install in a day!!!

The Home Builders Foundation hopes to be able to install a permanent ramp for the recipient during their annual ramp Blitz Build. This event takes place from September 6-8 and you can help by either going to and making a donation or by volunteering your time.

To learn more about the HBF or to learn how to donate your time, please visit

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pacific Coast Builders Conference

The 2012 Pacific Coast Builders Conference was held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, this past June. The conference hosted many great events and presentations including; a bay area architectural design tour, 'Sales Leadership: The Ten Disciplines', 'Value Purity: How to Secure the Sale Without Getting Hosed', and the Gold Nugget Awards.

The Gold Nugget Awards are the oldest and largest program of its kind and is a highly sought after architectural design and land planning award. Entries came from 14 states and projects range from residential to commercial to industrial. Godden | Sudik Architects is honored to have received an award for Best Single Family Detached Home 1,700 - 2,000 Sq. Ft. category for the Rosamond.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Helpful links for Waldo Fire Victims

In a continued effort to get information out to those affected by the Waldo Canyon fire we have listed a few more links below that we thought might be helpful.

The Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs (HBA)  has posted some helpful posts about how to rebuild, how to pick the right contractor, and how to avoid scams in the process.To view this information, please click hereAlthough it may be customary to obtain multiple bids during a typical construction project, the HBA is encouraging homeowners to use their approved member directory as an efficient and reliable method for choosing a reputable contractor/architect/engineer in lieu of a long bidding process.
  Here is a link to the directory of approved companies through the Colorado Springs HBA that can help you with your rebuild. To view this information, please click here.

Additionally, some frequently asked questions with topics about debris removal, disaster recovery centers, fire terms, insurance, etc. can be found here

Monday, July 16, 2012

Welcome Kyle!

Godden | Sudik Architects would like to welcome our newest member, Kyle Conley! Kyle completed his undergraduate degree in architecture at the University of Notre Dame. Kyle came to us from Florida where he gained experience working at a high-end residential architecture firm whose projects are located throughout Florida and the Bahamas. Additionally, he completed an internship with an engineering firm and completed a study abroad program in Rome, Italy. Kyle not only brings his broad knowledge of architecture to the team, but wonderful rendering and artistic techniques as well! We are very glad to have Kyle with us at Godden | Sudik Architects!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Godden | Sudik Architects Receives Gold Nugget Award

Godden | Sudik Architects has won the Gold Nugget Merit Award for the Best Single Family Detached Home 1,700 - 2,000 Sq. Ft. category. The Rosamond, offered by Berkeley Homes, is located in Denver’s hot-selling East Park at Lowry community. “Berkeley Homes gave us a great opportunity to let our design talent shine with the Rosamond,” said Scott Sudik. The Awarded model features a two story, 1,962 S.F. open floor plan that features a gourmet kitchen, well designed flex space, an elegant formal dining room and master bedroom with a spa-like master bathroom.

We are very honored to receive such a prestigious award from the PCBC. If you would like to view all the awards please visit the Gold Nugget Awards Website.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Waldo Fire: Rebuilding or Restoring Your Home

The Waldo fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado was devastating and our hearts go out to all that were affected. Numerous employees at Godden | Sudik were personally affected by this event and we would like to help by providing as much helpful information here on our blog. 

Below you will find the content issued by the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department on homeowners' options for rebuilding their homes. Please visit their website for more information

In response to the catastrophic fire in Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Regional Building Department will
use the following scenarios to assist those who lost or suffered damage to their home. Any one of the
following 4 scenarios may be used when applicable. Upon completion of the scope of work defined for
a permit associated with scenario 1; 2 or 3, a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued. No Certificate of
Occupancy will be issued for a permit using scenario 4. Please contact Mindy Stuemke @ 327-2903 or
Bob Croft@ 327-2914 to discuss if these scenarios will not work for your particular situation.

1. Use of existing foundation, same house:
If Regional Building has the original plans, the only document required will be a letter from a
licensed engineer stating that existing foundation is acceptable for rebuild. RBD will issue, at a
minimum fee, a demolition permit for removal of fire debris. This permit is required to monitor
removal activity and be sure fall protection is installed around the open foundation as required
by code(2011 PPRBC). The single family dwelling shell can be constructed according to the plans
on file with the issuance of a new remodel permit (434). The permit cost will be based on the
cost of square footage with attachments for Electrical/Mechanical and Plumbing trades at a
minimum fee. The interior finish portion of the house may not be required to meet all current
structural or design criteria of the 2009 IRC, but will be required to meet all life/ safety
requirements and other design provisions that benefit the owner such as, but not limited to,
State Electrical Code, smoke and CO detectors, energy conservation, etc.

2. Non-use of existing foundation, same house:
If Regional Building has the original plans, the documentation required will be a letter from a
licensed engineer stating that foundation is not safe for rebuild and submittal of a new
foundation plan for review/approval. RBD will issue a wrecking permit at a minimum fee for
total removal of foundation and all fire debris. This permit is required to monitor removal
activity and to be sure the foundation excavation is backfilled or protected according to code
(2011 PPRBC). With this option, a new single family dwelling permit (101) will be issued based
on the cost of square footage and no other trades will need to attach, this will be a universal
permit. The construction of the foundation must comply with all applicable provisions of the
2009 IRC. Inspections may be made by the engineer of record. The remaining portion of the
structure located above the foundation may be constructed as outlined in # 1 above.

3. Building new home (different from original) at existing location:
Process will be the same as any new single family dwelling plan/ permit submittal currently in
place. One set of plans,
including engineered foundation, site plan, all construction docs and duct design components to
comply with 2009 IRC.

4. Repair of existing structure due to fire damage:
Process will be the same as any remodel for an existing residential structure.