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Eagle firm does landscape, solar design

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Cristian Federico Basso

Business name: Colorado Land Art Studio, Inc.

Location: Eagle.

Date opened: June, 2002

Owner: Cristian Federico Basso, Licensed Landscape Architect and Solar Consultant.

Contact information: Call 970.376.2977, email coloradoland artstudio@msn.com or go to http://www.colasdesign.com.

What goods or services do you provide? We provide licensed landscape architectural services with an emphasis on sustainable design for residential, commercial and institutional clientele. We have been recognized for design of community spaces. We’ve grown into a design studio that specializes in incorporating solar electric systems into both new and existing environmentally conscious construction projects. That is a win-win formula where the environment benefits from the clean energy, native vegetation and water-wise designs, and the client benefits from tremendous energy savings, which exponentially increases the value of the project.

Some of our specialized interests are assisting resort companies with integrating solar electric into the mountain town projects they have hired us to design, and developing exterior master plans with the board of directors of multi-owner mountain resort properties.

What’s new or exciting at your place? One of our goals is to assist the Eagle Valley community in its trend to become more solar-friendly. Cristian Basso is now the Eagle County representative for Sunsense Solar Inc., the valley’s leading solar design company with over 25 years of experience in the solar industry (www.sunsensesolar.com). Since March, Basso has collaborated with Sunsense Solar in over 110kW worth of solar electric installations in Eagle County, supporting the use of clean energy in projects of all scales. Interested in going solar before the 30 percent federal tax credit disappears in December of 2016? Call 970-376-2977.

What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? Our 18 years of experience throughout the valley is a real plus for our clients. This experience allows us to expedite the design approval process, thus saving on design fees. We complement state of the art, personalized design choices with our sustainable design approach and passion to integrate solar electric.

Clients will hire us to design an exterior space and find out we also design and install solar electric and decide to go solar with us. Other clients want us to assist them in going solar and when they find out we are licensed landscape architects they hire us to design and oversee the construction of their project. We suggest good sustainable practices, and, most importantly, we deliver sustainable solutions that save our clients money.

What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? Every design project is customized for the client. It is our priority to understand what our clients are looking for and to interpret their visions into a livable design that will be enjoyed for years after installation. Our customers report one thing in common after they have worked with Colorado Land Art Studio, Inc. — they all have added financial and spiritual value to their lives.

Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: The family of Cristian Basso, is from Florence, Italy, and he was born in New York City. After graduating from Harvard University School of Design, he was recruited by the international design firm of Design Workshop, Inc. as a project designer and moved to Vail in 1997. He expanded his professional scope working with the land development and planning group, PJA Land Planning, and assisting with mountain community projects such as Eagle Ranch and Telluride Mountain Village.

Current landscape architecture projects of Colorado Land Art Studio, Inc. include the new campus master plan for Solar Energy International, a resort master plan for a multi-owner resort association in Vail and high-end residential designs. Colorado Land Art Studio’s professional design work has been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects, published designs in Harvard University Press, LUXE magazine and Mountain Living. Visit http://www.colas design.com for more information.

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