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VIA International recognized at exposition

VIA International, which has an office in Aspen, received the following awards at the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association’s 2014 exposition.

The home-technology provider took honors in the categories of Best Integrated Home (two awards), Best Home Theater and Best Unique Application.

One of the awards was for a project located in Aspen. A Victorian home received a modern makeover with a fully integrated Crestron home system that includes audio/video, lighting, motorized shades, security and climate control. The newly integrated home provides a comfortable atmosphere to relax and entertain after a day of skiing, yet also can double as a remote office thanks to a home information-technology network, a VIA International statement said.

VIA designs and implements turn-key home-technology solutions and works with leading architects and interior designers to seamlessly blend state-of-the-art technology with great architecture and design.

In August 2013, Aspen-based Paragon Technology Group officially merged with six other companies to form a larger entity, VIA International. For more information, visit

Chris Klug Foundation announces new award

The Chris Klug Foundation has announced the Bounce Back Award, presented by the pharmaceutical company Astellas.

The award will recognize two transplant recipients who exhibit a great quality of life, according to a foundation statement. Nominations can involve career accomplishments, participation in a sport or hobby, or simply leading a fulfilling life with family and loved ones, the foundation said.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 16, and the two winners will be selected by a committee of foundation staff and board members. The winners and one guest each will win a trip to Aspen for the foundation’s ninth annual Summit for Life event on Dec. 5 and 6.

The foundation will host the winners in Aspen and provide flights, lodging and tickets to all Summit for Life weekend events. The Bounce Back Award will be presented on Dec. 6 on top of Aspen Mountain in front of 400 racers and foundation supporters, the foundation said.

“Every day we are in touch with recipients who are doing amazing things, and this award will help us share those stories on a national level,” foundation Executive Director Beth Slater said.

The statement added that anyone interested in registering as organ and tissue donors may visit The foundation is dedicated to promoting life-saving organ and tissue donations and improving the quality of life of recipients and donors.

Architecture firm wins two interior-design honors

Rowland+Broughton took awards in two categories at the fourth annual International Interior Design Association-Rocky Mountain Chapter’s awards ceremony earlier this month in Denver.

A Best Award in the residential “Live” category was presented for the Black Birch Modern custom house, and a Best Award in the residential “play” category was presented for Woody Creek Distillers, the firm said in a statement.

“Receiving these awards celebrates our efforts on two very different projects with different goals and objectives, and highlights both our architectural and interior-design capabilities,” Rowland+Broughton principal Sarah Broughton said.

The 6,400-square-foot Black Birch Modern in Aspen is a modern adaptation of an existing traditional, log-style house with iconic gable forms. Located in an industrial business center in Basalt, Woody Creek Distillers encompasses a 10,700-square-foot, state-of-the-art distillery and barrel room as well as an open tasting area, lounge, bar, retail space and private event space.

Rowland+Broughton has offices in Aspen and Denver. For more information, visit


Bar Talk: Barraquito

On a recent trip to Spain, I discovered something that I believe tops the espresso martini. It’s called a barraquito.

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