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

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[...]
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,[...]
Little Dry Creek Pedestrian Trail

Little Dry Creek Pedestrian Trail

The City of Westminster commissioned the design and construction of a portion of the Little Dry Cree[...]
Straw House Market

Straw House Market

Another very unique project was the engineering and construction activities on the Straw House Marke[...]
Silver Leaf Cohousing

Silver Leaf Cohousing

The Silver Leaf Cohousing project in our hometown of Paonia, Colorado is beginning the first stages [...]
Straw Bale Horse Arena and Caretaker's Residence

Straw Bale Horse Arena and Caretaker's Residence

During the year of 2006 Odisea acted as the general contractor on the largest bale structure at the [...]
Puelbo County 25th Lane and South Road Intersection Design

Puelbo County 25th Lane and South Road Intersection Design

This project consisted of a crossing over the Bessemer Ditch and adjacent design of the intersection[...]
ANP National Police Training Center (NPTC)

ANP National Police Training Center (NPTC)

The Afghanistan National Police NPTC was  completed by Technologists Inc (Ti) in 2012 and is a proje[...]