Raised in the construction industry, specializing in residential and commercial building in the Dallas, Texas area, JP Strait moved to Aspen, Colorado in 1999.
After working as a lift operator for the Aspen Skiing Company and as a service professional at the Aspen Meadows Hotel of the Aspen Institute when it was under the Skiing Company’s ownership, Strait moved into a Facilities Director for the Aspen Institute reporting directly to the COO Amy Margerum. At the Institute, Strait oversaw the building of the $20 million Gold Leed-Certified Doerr-Hosier Center. He also remodeled the Aspen Meadows health club, while managing several smaller projects on the property.
In 2007, he founded Strait Consulting, LLC, advising and project managing independently for some of the most established organizations in the Roaring Fork Valley, including: the Aspen Institute, Aspen Skiing Company, Avalanche Cheese Company, Houses for Higher Education, Colorado Mountain College, and Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley, for which he designed and built the first net-zero home in Garfield County.
His work also includes several residential and commercial projects, including projects throughout the Valley and in Colorado. JP Strait has been awarded Advanced Certification in Green Building from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB); certification as an Energy Star Home Builder; and as an IECC 2009/ASHRAE 90.1 Energy Code Trainer.
JP founded Aspen Deconstruction, LLC. to reduce, reuse, and recycle all building materials. In doing so Strait has created many jobs, kept the landfill free of unnecessary construction waste, provided building materials to locals at discounted prices, educated contractors on practical solutions for reusing building materials, and provided clients with dimensional lumber from their own remodels to save them money on their lumber packages to construct their new homes.