Event Details

Habitat for Humanity’s Harmony Cottages, which just broke ground late last year, was planned with the goal of building 50 new affordable homes by 2020. This ambitious goal to meet the growing need for affordable living in Fort Collins required a new neighborhood approach that could keep individual costs down.

Join Fort Collins’ Mayor, Wade Troxell and the Harmony Cottages design team members for a tour of the site. Learn about how the design team was given the charge to develop a dense, energy-efficient site with a great community atmosphere. The team used a blend of New Urbanism and Pocket Neighborhood concepts to design a unique duplex housing style and a community court, enabling the project to expand from 30 to 48 units while preserving 40% of open space.

In consultation with the City of Fort Collins Utilities’ Integrated Design Assistance Program (IDAP), the architect designed the homes to be near net zero, meeting the constraints of affordable housing and volunteer labor and ensuring that all units could accommodate solar panels. Total solar costs have been fully funded, keeping homeowner utility costs down, thanks to generous donations from New Belgium, Namaste Solar, Kyocera, and City of Fort Collins Utilities Department .

Donations to Habitat for Humanity will be accepted onsite. Any donation amount is welcome and appreciated.

Learn more about Harmony Cottages here and read Bruce Hendee's blog about how Harmony Cottages is meeting Fort Collins' affordable housing gap here.

Special thanks to New Belgium Brewing, Moot House, and Thrivent Financial for providing beer samples and light appetizers to attendees.

All Parties Involved in the Harmony Cottages Project:

Harmony Cottages Design Team

Contractor and Construction Management: The Neenan Company

Consultant: Bruce Hendee

Architect: Greg D. Fisher

Landscape Architecture and Land Planning: Ripley Design, Inc.

Civil Engineering: Interwest Consulting Group


Bruce Hendee

Landscape Architect, Bruce Hendee, BHA Design

Bruce is the former Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) for the City of Fort Collins. As CSO, he oversaw the City’s Environmental Services, Economic Health, and Social Sustainability Departments of the City. He led efforts to implement a highly aggressive Climate Action Plan, Economic Health Plans, and the City’s Affordable Housing Strategic Plan. Prior to his work with the City, Bruce founded BHA Design, Inc., a well-respected local landscape architecture and planning firm. He has over 30 years of experience as a practicing landscape architect. He has received national awards for his work in sustainability and has served on the Advisory Board for the Institute for the Built Environment at CSU for the last 10 years.

Kristin Candella

Executive Director/CEO, Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity

Kristin started in the capacity of Executive Director/CEO of Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity in 2012. She previously served as the first Development Director of the organization from 2002-2007. Her non-profit career has included work in healthcare and a museum, though her passion has always been affordable homeownership. Kristin holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University. She received the CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) credential and has received additional training from the Harvard Business School through the Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management program, the Indiana School of Philanthropy, HUD, the Colorado Division of Housing, the Daniels School of Business, and the Disney Institute.

Greg Fisher

Principal, Greg D. Fisher, Architect

Greg is the founder of Greg D. Fisher, Architect, an award-winning firm established in 1993. His practice focuses on simple, progressive, authentic, and responsible designs. Greg’s commitment to sustainability led him to serve as a founding Steering Committee member of the Northern Colorado Branch of the USGBC, board member of the Institute for the Built Environment, founding board member of CLEAR (Center for Living Environments and Regeneration), founding developer of the LENSES (Living Environments in Natural Social and Economic Systems) Framework, and founding board member of the NoCo Rebuilding Network, as well as working on several LEED, DOE Challenge, Net Zero, and Passive House projects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the synergies between the design of energy-efficient buildings and neighborhood-scale planning and development.

  • Describe how Fort Collins’ Integrated Design Assistance Program (IDAP) can support energy-efficient design.

  • Explain how the Harmony Cottages development serves as a model for addressing the shortage of affordable housing in northern Colorado.

  • Discuss how social impact investment can be used to keep residential energy costs, and thereby overall homeownership costs, low.

***The address given is for the JJ's across the street from the project site, as the site's address is not yet registered. The actual meeting place will be at the SE corner of Taft Hill and Harmony Rd.***

  • When: Wed Jul. 25
    4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Address: 4015 S Taft Hill Rd
    Fort Collins CO,US 80526

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