Testimonials – Natural Building

[mediagridNatural building at festivals

“Over the years we have had the opportunity to develop a working relationship with Kevin as we seemed to cross paths at many music festivals around the world.  In addition to that Kevin was always an integral part of one of the design, creation and development of one of our naturally built main stages at our music festival Lightning in a Bottle.
Because of this positive working relationship we were both excited and relieved to find out that he would be our point person and liason for the massive installation we took on last summer that was the “Dance Temple” for the Boom festival in Portugal.  It was then that we really had the opportunity to work closely with Kevin in all facets of a large project.  We were able to achieve maximum effeciency, positively impact the budgets and, ultimately, create one of our most complex and challenging projects to date.
In short working with Kevin has always been a positive and productive experience over the years.”
Regards
Dede Flemming, Josh Flemming, Heather Shaw
The Do LaB

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Natural Building in development work

“Kevin Rowell of The Natural Builders did an exceptional job with field investigations and sourcing of natural building materials (straw and bamboo) for our first project in Haiti in 2010 – the first straw bale building in Haiti (the Ti Kay Pay).  Kevin has extensive knowledge of natural building materials and systems and of building in general.  We highly recommend Kevin as a valuable team member for any natural building project.”
Martin HammerArchitect, Co-director
Builders Without Borders
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Natural building – Residential

“Kevin Rowell and The Natural Builders have worked on several different projects for us to our complete satisfaction.

All projects were done in a timely manner. Problems were addressed in an intelligent and creative way.
The window job was huge; our house is a craftsman cottage, about 100 years old. Some of the windows were rotting, all of them had shifted out of square. The Natural Builders plugged away at this job until it was completed.
The kitchen pass-through is beautiful, opens up the house, and The Natural Builders came up with creative recycling solutions which look fabulous.
The roof on our home, unbeknownst to us, had been structurally unsound. Kevin reconstructed our roof, ripping it down to the beams, plywooding it to create a much safer roof and foundation for the roofing.
Kevin Rowell is great with people, a very good communicator, professional, trustworthy and very safety conscious. We highly recommend him.”
– Era and Don Farnsworth

 

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Natural building installations

“To whom it may concern, I was greatly assisted in every way at the Boom festival to create an amazing install under impossible conditions. My efforts and many others made possible with the help of Kevin Rowell. I highly recommend him to do the impossible. Your success is one decision away.”
All the best,
Shrine    Installation Artist, Boom Festival 2012
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Natural building at festivals

   As art director for Boom and the art lead on its dance temple in 2012, I had the pleasure of working with Kevin Rowell and Dana Glenn. It was their first year at Boom and their skill sets proved tantamount to our overall success. Kevin’s communication and directive abilities and Dana’s organization and attentiveness, synergized by their combined experience with building made for a comprehensive and cohesive team that made the impossible possible. Our whole system gained efficiency, enthusiasm, and power. I would highly recommend both of these guys as a team or as individuals to any complex project requiring multitasking, clear communication, dedication, and lots and lots of hard work.
Carey Thompson – Art Director Boom Festival 2012
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Natural building at festivals

“I’m happy to recommend Kevin Rowell for the position of Build Director at your festival. Others may have similar skill sets or experience but what sets Kevin well apart from the rest is his matchless energy and heartfelt desire to meet any goals and overcome obstacles. When you ask yourself “who’s got my back?”… well, more than likely, it’ll be him!”
Gerard Minakawa

Artist and Founder : Bamboo DNA

 

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Natural Building Internships

“He tenido la oportunidad de  hacer  prácticas profesionales con The Natural Builders, para  Boom Festival 2012 y otros proyectos.  Kevin definitivamente es una persona que sabe como dirigir y organizar grupos de trabajo especialmente bajo presión. Es un buen líder, que sabe  tratar a las personas (clientes, voluntarios,etc) terminando el trabajo en el tiempo requerido, sin contratiempos. Es un buen amigo  el cual me ha ayudado y compartido su experiencia y  conocimientos acerca del bambú y su construcción.”

“I did an internship with The Natural Builders, to Boom Festival 2012 and other projects. Kevin definitely is a person that knows how to organize large groups, specially under pressure. He is a good leader, and knows how to treat people (clients, volunteers, etc) always finishing on time with the best solution! He is a good friend that has helped me and shared  his knowledge about bamboo and construction!”

Alejandra Sotelo Cortes
Architecture and Design Intern
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