DHM’s involvement in the Burlingame Ranch project began at the inception of the community planning (COWOP) process in 2000. DHM planned, organized and led monthly workshops with a task force of 20 citizens including elected officials and members of the public. Since that time, DHM has participated directly in the programming & master planning of the entire site, as well as design and construction documentation of Phase I of the project. The plan for Burlingame Ranch responds to the City of Aspen’s desire to build an affordable housing project that meets high standards of sustainable design while providing residents with the pride of ownership and a sense of community. The design of the 236 unit project promotes pedestrian traffic by providing direct links within the site and to the Aspen Parks trail system; encourages the use of public transit by providing easy access to bus stops throughout the project; increases personal interaction by integrating daily uses such as mail, newspapers, trash, recycling, and transit stops; and promotes a high quality of life by creating appropriately scaled public, semi-private and private spaces.