About Us

Odisea is a team of engineers who are part of a larger group of extremely talented consultancies and design firms.  The nature of development in any form includes the need to collaborate, which in turn provides fresh ideas and energy into our projects.

Principals

Jeff Ruppert, P.E. founded Odisea in 2000.  Jeff has been instrumental in the development of straw bale construction and the implementation of natural building materials and systems in North American and abroad.  He is a founding member of the Colorado Straw Bale Association (COSBA), a former Executive Board member of Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, and has taught and lectured on the subject of codes and their inclusion of natural building materials.  As a licensed Professional Engineer (CA #76296 2010, CO #32762 1998) he has influenced hundreds of projects by performing roles from general contractor to civil and structural engineer.  Most recently he spent two and half years in Afghanistan working as a mentor and contract manager where he met his wife and Principal partner at Odisea.

To view Jeff’s resume click here.

 

Lucille Hunter, PE. is the newest member of Odisea and brings a strong background in multiple engineering disciplines.  Lucy brings a wide variety of engineering and management skills from environmental and structural engineering to the design, engineering, and construction of multimillion dollar installations in contingency environments.

Her design experience includes contaminated groundwater and soils remediation, hazardous waste site investigation and remediation, environmental site assessments, landfill monitoring, soils hydrologic reports, and structural design of high-end residential and commercial structures located in high snow load and high seismic activity regions.  She has also managed a group of 40 engineers and architects conducting the design and engineering of installations that include buildings and infrastructure such as roads, bridges, power plants, potable water supply and treatment, and wastewater treatment systems.

Given her technical background and broad multidisciplinary experience, Lucy is capable of understanding multiple site constraints and integrating the best solutions within any given project.  She is results and client oriented with an appreciation of the importance of completing projects on time and within budget.

Lucy is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Colorado, California and Arizona.

To view Lucy’s resume, click here.

Projects

ANA National Maintenance Facility (NMF)

ANA National Maintenance Facility (NMF)

The Afghanistan National Army, National Maintenance Facility is a multifunctional maintenance compou[...]
Electrocoagulation Water and Waste Water Treatment

Electrocoagulation Water and Waste Water Treatment

During the first half of September of 2012 Odisea participated in a pilot demonstration to treat wat[...]
Silver Leaf Cohousing

Silver Leaf Cohousing

The Silver Leaf Cohousing project in our hometown of Paonia, Colorado is beginning the first stages [...]
Vail Covered Bridge Restoration

Vail Covered Bridge Restoration

The Vail Covered Bridge is a historical landmark in the heart of this world-famous ski town.  The br[...]
Alternative and Highly Scalable Water and Wastewater Treatment

Alternative and Highly Scalable Water and Wastewater Treatment

We are huge consumers and wasters of water.  In its purest form, or as a contaminated waste product,[...]
High Mountain Chalet (Hell Canyon Road)

High Mountain Chalet (Hell Canyon Road)

During the summer of 2000 and into the spring of 2001 Odisea acted as one of two General Contractors[...]
Straw House Market

Straw House Market

Another very unique project was the engineering and construction activities on the Straw House Marke[...]
Constructed Wetland WWTP

Constructed Wetland WWTP

  Odisea was hired to design a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) for Kittitian Hills resort [...]