Raine House

The Raine House was constructed for Lorraine “Raine” Toney, a Navajo and single mother of five children.

Lorraine had to travel an hour to get to work, a tough drive through the desert.   Her children lived so far from school that they were forced to board on the campus.  The boarding house situation has classically torn apart families on the reservation and this was Lorraine’s worst fear.  She needed a place to live, closer to work, closer to school, a place to raise her children. When the students asked what she wanted from the project she said only two words, a home.

The home is constructed primarily of thermally broken slow pour concrete. This concrete along with the concrete slab helps collect the sun’s rays and maintain a year round internal temperature between 62-82 degrees Fahrenheit (17-27 degrees Celsius). Interior sliding panels cover the glass curtain wall in the evening, providing an additional R-12 insulation. During the day they nest along the walls in the living room.

in collaboration with DesignBuildBLUFF at the University of Utah

2013 AIA Colorado YAAG People’s Choice Award
University of Colorado Denver Students:
Jason Astorino
Sarah Boman
Megan Brankamp
Matt Brown
MC Burns
Craig Cherry
Kimberlee Derhammer
Halle Hagenau
Maggie Hattman
Laurie Hollm
Tor Jorfald
Brian Majerus
Elise Mascitelli
Laura Mears
Lindsay Moore
Lauren Peterson
Treonna Villasenor
Lauren Watkins
Sara Zezulka

Southern Utah University Students:
Chris Hoffman
Mark Trevor

University of Colorado Denver:
Rick Sommerfeld
Andy Paddock, PE

DesignBuildBLUFF at the University of Utah:
Jose Galarza, Director
Hiroko Yamamoto, Associate Instructor
Atsushi Yamamoto, Associate Instructor

Southern Utah University: 
John Murray

Big D Construction
Simpson Strong-Tie
3 Form 
Ellis Construction Specialties

College of Architecture and Planning

CU Denver

CU Denver Building

1250 14th Street


Denver, CO 80202


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