Martina Foss Ashworth joined Progressive Architecture in June 2016 as a Project Architect. Martina graduated from Iowa State University in 2009 with her Master of Architecture degree, and is now a licensed architect. Martina comes to Progressive with a wide background working with architects, engineers, subcontractors, general contractors, and non-profit organizations, and is a whiz when it comes to BIM project design and management. She loves to engage the technical aspects of architecture and construction, as well as design for the big picture and work directly with clients. At Progressive, Martina hopes to lead projects from big design idea through punch list, and dig into every detail along the way. In her free time, Martina enjoys singing, swing dancing and cooking with her husband, music class with her toddler daughter, and family jaunts outdoors with her redbone coonhound.
Located north of Duluth, MN on a serene lake, the Harris cabin, guest house and boat house incorporate the local vernacular style with a contemporary feel. The guest house has a large wood burning fireplace in the center with an open plan design to let the outdoors inside. One can gaze onto the lake while relaxing in the space. The main cabin is a complete remodel of an existing 60’s walk-out rambler. Progressive Architecture added a large new entry portico and mudroom to ease tight entry conditions of the existing cabin. New finishes on the interior and a large new fireplace and TV area add to the usability for the family.
After working with the Dr. Geller to design his dental clinic in Eagan, Progressive Architecture partnered with the homeowners to design their new home. The family wanted a contemporary, energy efficient home set in a beautiful wooded landscape.
The overall design features flat roofs, some which become outdoor roof decks, and others with the potential to become future exterior living spaces. Corrugated metal siding and random lap siding with large windows create bring the outdoors inside all year long.
The interior is clean, open and perfect for a young family. An open floor plan allows the family to be together and enjoy each others company. Lofted bedrooms for the children and guests are on the second floor and a large master suite is situated on the first level.
The house includes a geothermal heating and cooling system and super insulated walls and roofs that have kept the heating and cooling bills under $700 for an entire year.
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Located on a prominent site between the main thoroughfare into Lindstrom, MN and the lake, this Dental Office was built from the ground up. Modern, yet timeless, this building fi ts easily alongside the existing structures. The reception area takes advantage of the high volume-vaulted ceiling. Six operatories straddle each side of the building allowing each chair access to windows and the scenery beyond. Common funtions such as Sterile, Guest Restroom and the Manager’s Office are centrally located along the core. Operatory end walls are brightly colored with playful light fixtures mounted at various heights to help with wayfinding.
Not only are there countless ways to approach a building on foot, but parking options are endless as well. Here, watch how the relationship between buildings and parking locations combine functionality and site design.