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MSU architecture majors go ‘Ivywild’ with recycling concepts

By: Mississippi State University Office of Public Affairs News Bureau (662) 325-3442
Contact: Christie McNeal

Mississippi State Architecture Build Ivywild Project

STARKVILLE, Miss.–Mississippi State architecture graduate Jim Fennell and former architecture major Keith Findley may be credited with helping their alma mater bring a recycle-reuse process called “functional symbiosis” to Mississippi.

“Functional symbiosis” takes place when a business takes steps to share waste disposals and, ultimately, help protect the local environment…

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach

Colorado Springs Fire Station 21 Opening Ceremony:

“This is the second day in a row for me that I’ve had an opportunity to take a look at cutting edge, really unbelievably forward-thinking design.  I was just down at the Ivywild School yesterday and that architect is here today on this project, Jim Fennell. If you haven’t been down to the Ivywild School down in Southwest Colorado Springs, please try to get there. It’s unbelievable.  The transformation of that property, all that it means for that neighborhood. . . Jim, thank you so much for your work on that…”

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Three Colorado Springs arts and business leaders recognized at lunch

GZ2Arts supporters in the business world were recognized Tuesday for their contribution to the city’s creative life at the sixth annual 2013 Business and Arts Awards Luncheon.

The event honored The Ivywild School and The Mining Exchange – a Wyndham Grand Hotel in the categories of creative workplace and philanthropy, respectively. Ron Brasch and Una Ng-Brasch received an award as business leaders in the arts.

The awards are sponsored by COPPeR, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, and the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.

“The arts are a priority in all we do,” said Amanda Bristol, a co-founder of Ivywild. “They bring a richness and bring out the best in people. You work better in a vibrant atmosphere where you’re not just staring at four blank walls. You need to be filled up.”

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IVYWILD SCHOOL GETS A NEW ASSIGNMENT: REVITALIZE A NEIGHBORHOOD

Ivywild School is a cool, new gathering place in a historic neighborhood where you can sip a handcrafted beer, enjoy a meal or snack, buy locally grown food, take an art class or see a movie. But it is much more than that. It is a neighborhood redevelopment project that promotes economic and cultural vitality and a healthy environment – values that the developers think are essential to building our future.
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Bristol Brewing Co.’s Mike Bristol, Joe Coleman, owner of the Blue Star restaurant, and architect Jim Fennell partnered to bring the project to life in the Ivywild School at 1604 S. Cascade Ave., which had served the neighborhood since 1916. The school’s closure in 2009 symbolized the decline of the historic neighborhood on Colorado Springs’ south side.

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“Our Town” interview

By Cosmic Broadcasting

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Rocky Mountain Views – Ivywild

Developers are just self-interested jerks who only care about their own precious bottom line, right? Not at Ivywild Elementary, and never if its Jim Fennell! This story is about much more than the restoration of a school and the businesses that now occupy the majestic old building. Jim Fennell has considered every facet of the project in a brand new way. Best of all, he’s a remarkably humble man who has created a model which can be applied around the world. I think you’re going to like him, and what he’s accomplished, as much as we do!

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Colorado Springs’ Ivywild School celebrates new life as a mixed-use commercial center

By: Gazette Telegraph

Historical Portrayer Richard Marold, performing as American prospector Winfield Scott Stratton, gives crowds a brief history of Colorado Springs and the Ivywild School during the grand opening of the Ivywild School, the new home of the Bristol Brewing Company, Friday, August 16, 2013. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Historical Portrayer Richard Marold, performing as American prospector Winfield Scott Stratton, gives crowds a brief history of Colorado Springs and the Ivywild School during the grand opening of the Ivywild School, the new home of the Bristol Brewing Company, Friday, August 16, 2013. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Beer, sausage and baked goods have replaced books, pencils and backpacks at the former Ivywild Elementary School in Colorado Springs.

But one thing remains unchanged: The building that’s now simply called the Ivywild School remains the heart of the popular Ivywild neighborhood several blocks south of downtown

The remodeling of the 20,000-square-foot building from a vacant school into a mixed-used, commercial and community center, completed about a month ago, was celebrated Friday with grand opening ceremonies attended by more than 200 people.

A beer christening and the cutting of a 24-foot-long ribbon of sausage links were among the highlights of the event.

The school transformation was the idea of partners Mike Bristol of Bristol Brewing Co., Blue Star restaurant owner Joe Coleman and architect Jim Fennell – a vision they launched three years ago.

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Build Ivywild Part 2: An Interview with Jim Fennell and Mike Bristol

Interview by: Noel Black, KRCC Radio Colorado College

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Beginning today and continuing through the weekend, Ivywild School celebrates its grand opening. Yesterday we posted Part 1 of my interview with Co-Owners Mike Bristol of Bristol Brewing and Jim Fennell, Lead Architect of Fennell Group, and author of the book BUILD IVYWILD. You can listen to Part 1 HERE. Now, In Part 2, they pick up the conversation about symbiosis in businesses and neighborhoods.

To listen to part two of the interview click here 

Symbiosis Part 1: An Interview with Ivywild Partners Mike Bristol and Architect Jim Fennell

Interview by: Noel Black, KRCC Radio Colorado College

KRCCBeginning tomorrow and continuing through the weekend, Ivywild School will celebrate its grand opening. The Big Something’s Noel Black sat down with Co-Owners Mike Bristol of Bristol Brewing and Jim Fennell, Lead Architect of Fennell Group, and author of the book BUILD IVYWILD. Tune in to KRCC tomorrow, Friday, August 16 at 4:50 p.m. to hear Part 2 of the interview.

To listen to part one of the interview click here 

Ivywild School grand opening set for Aug. 16-17

By: Colorado Springs Independent

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The Ivywild School is already open and buzzing, but it wouldn’t do to go without any kind of opening celebrations. And since the School doesn’t do anything half way, only a weekend would do it justice. The party is set for Aug. 16 and 17, and will include ongoing “demonstrations of artisans at work”, building tours, live music and more.

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