Curtis L Biggar Architect / Broker LLC completed the initial American Institute of Architects �Studio for Passive Design of Heating, Cooling and Daylighting" in 1980, following the mid-1970 energy crisis. This extensive educational program taught passive solar heating, natural lighting & cooling; site orientation, weather conditions, building shell design, heat loss and gain technology, comparative energy costs and other aspects of conservation. Socrates first recommended that porches face south to catch the warmth of the sun. Biggar recently became one of the first Certified Green Professionals in the nation.
"We were pleased you allowed us to do our own work where we were qualified. It not only saved us money, but made us feel a part of our home"
- Talented Customer
Planned Unit Developments
Biggar designed and constructed North East Wisconsin's first condominiums, beginning in the early 1970's including: Cercle West, Riverview and the Harborage Condominiums in Appleton; Ridgeway Circle Condominiums in Green Bay; Solar Parkway Condominiums in Neenah; Whitecap Shores in Manitowoc; Waterwood Condominiums in Winneconne; and Wolf River condominiums in Fremont Wisconsin. These "ahead of their time" developments pioneered concepts of land and energy conservation with cost saving cooperative maintenance of buildings and property. Biggar is currently designing a 50 unit eco-community on 2000 feet frontage on Long Lake, east of Brillion WI, that will feature shared water front, forest and commmunity gardens.
For nearly three decades Biggar has explored and improved the design of octagonal buildings resulting in a multitude of completed projects. The shape of a pure octagon can save up to 25% of the area of exterior walls of a building saving construction, maintenance and energy costs, when compared to rectangular or irregular shaped floor plans. Octagons use 45 degree angles which are standard to the construction industry while resulting in panoramic views and lighter interiors. Octagonal buildings blend into the landscape comfortably rather than intrude with billboard-like facades.
After attending ADA seminars in the early 1990's we have respected the needs of our special friends who have mobility problems. either permanent or temporary. Our design experience includes step free access to and within homes: specially designed kitchens and baths; elevator access to all floors: barrier free decks and patios with floor plans that allow for free and easy movement. An often overlooked aspect of our lives is the reality that society is aging and senior family members and friends ought to be able to have full enjoyment of our homes.
Curtis L. and Lavonne A. Biggar are licensed Real Estate brokers with a practice aimed at personal attention, consulting on unique properties, listing referrals, and writing offers as the buyers representative. Under Wisconsin law only a broker with a WB-36T Buyers Agency Agreement can negotiate in the buyers best interest. Now is a buyers market.
Frank Lloyd Wright Connection
We have been supporters and personal friends of the Taliesin Fellowship and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation since the early sixties. has been a certified apprentice of Taliesin since 1980. Since that time, Mark has been associated with Biggar Development and is now practicing as Biggar by Design, collaborating with Curtis L. Biggar on appropriate projects. Our fifty years of work reflects Mr. Wright's teaching of building in harmony with nature, designing in geometric shapes, use of natural materials, and passive energy.