BlueSky Studio and the project developer,
Wally Hultin, had a lot of fun with this design process.
We explored images that expressed the evolution of communication
in the West from the horseshoe (a symbol for the Pony
Express) to the hubcap (representative of the automobile)
to digital technology (demonstrated by a satellite dish).
At one point, the design incorporated half moon hubcap
shapes along the roof line, similar to a style of Navajo
jewelry. Although this concept did not end up part of
the building, the idea had its place in the creative process.
In the end, this building, an otherwise plain box, was streamlined through the use of specially colored concrete block and the inclusion of a curved entry wall. By using standard building system components on a carefully detailed facade, this little building was designed to provide Federal Express with a big presence to those traveling on Interstate 25.