The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)

Littleton, CO

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(2) corporation established to meet the professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services. In need of a new national headquarters, the BACB chose a Littleton site with both incredible views of the Hogback Mountains and proximity to the C-470 highway. This location, and this building, speak to the relevance of edge communities and their relationship to our metropolitan centers.

Located in a suburban edge district 20 miles southwest of downtown Denver, this new 24,000 square foot office is part of an entire community focused on both its proximity and distance from an urban center. Access to expansive views and open space amenities are an integral part of BACB’s program, yet so is access to a full service community, an international airport, and cultural assets of a larger metropolitan area. Architecture, in this context, addresses both leverage of the natural setting as well as a responsibility to its neighbors to minimize its impact on the district.

Set on a sloping site, the building is zoned into a three story configuration to minimize its footprint. The main level serves the lobby space, an open office environment and a fitness center. The second level provides quiet office space for the main functions of this licensing agency. Conference rooms act as hubs on either end, with open collaboration spaces embedded into the perimeter as well. The third level provides for a Training and Conference center, allowing the facility to conduct their global training sessions and meetings with an incredible backdrop, opening onto the roof terrace and unimpeded views through the use of folding glass walls.

Working in concert with its sloping site, the architecture is at once minimized as viewed from the adjacent residential district as a simple copper cube dotting the landscape to a powerful sweep of glass and terrace on the downhill slope facing south and east towards the adjacent hogbacks.

The resulting building design is effectively a single-loaded allocation, with services tucked into the hillside on the north and west, and an open loft configuration towards the views. This exterior of the BACB building features a ribbon of floor-to-ceiling windows at the second level, utilizing a low-e insulating glass to promote energy efficiency. A sandstone veneer on the first level evokes the geology of the nearby foothills. The copper shingles on the top floor will patina to a dark brown in Colorado’s arid climate, partnering with the surrounding buffer of pines and aspens.