18 JAN 18 | Expect the Unexpected

Ancient Architecture This past Fall, my wife Melanie and I took off for a 2 week trip around Europe, making stops in Bulgaria to visit my parents and then Greece to cross off a lifelong bucket list item. It took me quite some time to organize my photos, but I’m excited share some really cool architecture that […]

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08 DEC 18 | My Trip Around Europe

C’est La Vie! On my first trip to Europe, I managed to pack just about everything possible into two weeks in two countries. Here are some highlights of my trip! La Ville-Lumière To kick off the trip we spent the first 5 days (and nights) wandering the streets of the City of Light, drinking espresso […]

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28 OCT 18 | CONCRETE JUNGLES

Urban Markets I am returning to the office after a long weekend in Chicago and am still on a “city high.” The older I get the more admiration and respect I have for large cities. Amongst the many reasons, here are my top contenders: The close proximity to every place you’d want to be urges one […]

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28 JUN 17 | windy city weekend

Chelsea’s tour of Chicago I just returned from a long weekend in Chicago, which was AWESOME. If you’re looking for a city that is beautiful, clean, easy to navigate, and has amazing architecture around every corner (and great pizza), Chicago should be your next vacation spot. I spent four days with best friends taking in the […]

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W8 goes skiing

is that a banana in your pocket?  A couple of weeks ago, Marcel, Emily, and I had the opportunity to attend the Construction Resource Group’s  9th annual ski trip. The CRG is a coalition of different construction trades who come together to network, share industry news, and make business referrals. The event was made possible […]

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grassroots

finding our voices I have had the opportunity over the last year and a half to serve on the Colorado North AIA Board as the Associate Director (2016) and now the President-Elect (2017). Every year, the President-Elect and President of each region travel to Washington, D.C. for the annual Grassroots Conference, an AIA leadership event. […]

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it’s colombia not columbia

Emily Axtman’s 3 month sabbatical When I was leaving Cartagena, Colombia to come back to Colorado, I saw these t-shirts at the airport and thought they were pretty funny. I thought to myself, “Who thinks Colombia is spelled with a “u”??” Today, as I re-read my pre-travel blog-post, 91 days, I realized I am one […]

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chicken coop porn

chicken coop porn! I don’t know about you guys, but over here at WORKSHOP8, we have all been crazy busy this summer! Crazy busy in the best way possible–working with awesome clients on really cool projects, and occasionally taking some vacation time here and there. I recently took a quick trip home to Pennsylvania to […]

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fireproof and on budget

my trip to DC’s National Building Museum From April 6th to the 12th, my wife, Melanie, and I decided to take a vacation to see our Nation’s capitol. My initial plan included a list of about a million places to visit. Unfortunately or fortunately, there is so much to see and do in Washington D.C. that […]

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91 days.

let the adventure begin “It seems that the more places I see and experience, the bigger I realize the world to be. The more I become aware of, the more I realize how relatively little I know of it, how many places I have still to go, how much more there is to learn. Maybe […]

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structures for inclusion

 structures for inclusion Last weekend, I woke up at 5am, stumbled out of my apartment on Broadway and made my way to the Boulder Bus Station to battle US 36 towards DIA, where I took a 2-hour delayed flight in to Raleigh, NC (my hometown!) for the annual Structures for Inclusion conference. Structures for Inclusion […]

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breezeblocks and mailboxes

breezeblocks and mailboxes my adventure through Palm Springs Last week I had the opportunity to go on a weekend trip to Palm Springs, CA for a wedding. After I stopped stressing out about how I was going to look fabulous enough for a fancy event in a very stylish town (I don’t think I actually achieved […]

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W8 triple bypass. . .

No, we’re not having health problems, nor are we open heart surgeons! But we were sucking wind. . . Last Saturday, five of us from WORKSHOP8 World Headquarters along with two honorary team members—Marcel’s fiance, Monika and W8 client, Morgan Young—did the Triple Bypass Ride 2015. After a Friday night WORKSHOP8 carb-loading party with two birthday cakes […]

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gotta love SF

I grew up in Amsterdam and lived there till I was 17. Since then, I have lived in several places near large cities, but not actually in a city. I lived in the Bay area in the early 90s and I now live 45 minutes outside of Denver. Two weeks ago, I had to travel […]

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in the bauhaus

Joseph and I took our daughter Carmen to Aspen last weekend to kick off the summer and spend a few days at one of our favorite get away spots, the Aspen Meadows Resort.  I couldn’t get my family to pose for me, so I had to borrow these images from the hotel web site. history […]

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show me your schluter!

I love industry trips! Who wouldn’t like a free trip, great food (typically), a chance to meet new people, and an opportunity to learn new things?? I’ve been to Wisconsin to see the Weather Shield manufacturing facility in Medford. While we were there, we also visited the Cardinal Glass Plant in Spring Green, and saw how […]

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