Parking Day 2019

Date: 9/1/2019 - 9/20/2019
Student Researcher:Sebastian Montenegro, Annelies van Vonno, Nicole Bush, Stefi Szrek, Bradyn Nicholson, Phoebe Fooks (MURP), and Kristen Gough (Civil Engineering, MSU) Location: Larimer Square, Denver, CO

On Friday, September 20, 2019, students from the WTS Colorado Student Chapter hosted a pop-up parklet in Larimer Square to celebrate International PARK(ing) Day. An annual event that repurposes curbside parking spaces into spaces for people, known as parklets, PARK(ing) Day has been celebrated all over the world as designers, students, artists, and community members reimagine public streets into vibrant, people-friendly spaces.

This year, the Denver Streets Partnership collaborated with SPIN, the Better Block Foundation, the Downtown Denver Partnership, and Denver Public Works to celebrate National PARK(ing) Day in Denver. As part of this event, they encouraged community members to host their own parklets around the city. The WTS Colorado Student Chapter, an student-run organization that promotes women in the transportation field and advocates for transportation equity and innovation, decided to build their own parklet, which was themed "Larimer's Living Room". 

The small but determined group of students took over two on-street parking spaces in Larimer Square, right in front of The Market. Using mainly donated and borrowed materials, they created a peaceful and engaging space that invited passersby to sit down, relax, read a book, or play a game. One half of the parklet offered a free library - complete with over 100 architecture books, all free for the taking - and comfortable places to sit and relax. The second parking space featured artificial turf, cornhole, and giant Connect4 to entice people to play. WTS Student volunteers were on hand all day to answer questions about PARK(ing) Day and hand out snacks and cucumber water to all parklet visitors. 

The students' hard work was rewarded when "Larimer's Living Room" parklet was voted "Best Community Parklet" by Park(ing) Day visitors. 

Rockvale Community Park

Date: 1/1/2019
Student Researcher:Aneliya Bargon, MLA Alena Gagnon, MLA Ivy Steele, MLA Sarah Goldblatt, HP cert. Advisory Board: Technical Supervisor: Jeffrey Wood Location: Rockvale, CO

In front of an enthusiastic and engaged gathering of local residents, UCDenver (CAP) MLA candidates Aneliya Bargon, Alena Gagnon and Ivy Steele, along with Sarah Goldblatt (Historic Preservation certificate), presented their final designs for a new community park in downtown ROCKVALE.  There was also a plan for the preservation and re-imagining of the historic May Cabin which resides in the park.  The project will now move toward grant applications with an eye toward a ribbon cutting next June!  The meeting took place on July 31st at the Rockvale Community Center.

Walsenburg Fox Theater

Date: 9/1/2018 - 6/30/2019
Location: Walsenburg, CO

The historic Fox Theatre in Walsenburg needed help. Faced with declining ticket sales and a large building that was rarely used to even 10% of its capacity, the owners (Huerfano County) and the operator (Mike Peters on behalf of the Fox Theatre board of directors), turned to the resources and talents of DOLA’s UTA program with CCCD to transform this building into a bustling hub of arts and entertainment for the community. 

Strategies were proposed to demonstrate how the building could accommodate a variety of desirable programming opportunities, including cinema, live performance, and food and drink, both within its existing footprint and an expanded one. The project team then created a series of High Definition virtual walkthroughs that enabled the community and project stakeholders to visually experience these proposals on the big screen.

Field Supervisor: Jeff Wood
CCCD Team: Taylor Carlisle (MArch), Fernanda Hobbs (MArch), Alena Gagnon (MLA), Sarah Goldblatt (MSHP), and Aneliya Bargon (MLA)
Local Collaborators: Carl Young, Economic and Tourism Development Director, Huerfano County; Mike Peters, Fox Theater Board of Directors

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Architectural Design for Traditional Neighborhoods

Date: 7/1/2019
Principal Researchers: Korkut Onaran
Fernando Pagés Ruiz
Ronnie Pelusio
Tom Lyon

In July 2019, the Vinyl Siding Institute published 300 copies of Professor Korkut Onaran's book, Architectural Design for Traditional Neighborhoods, which "summarizes the most critical design lessons the authors have learned through many years of practice developing traditional neighborhoods."

The book was written by CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning's Assistant Professor Adjunct, Korkut Onaran, along with his colleagues Fernando Pagés Ruiz,  Ronnie Pelusio, and Tom Lyon, and features a foreward by Andrés Duany and an afterword by Stephen A. Mouzon. The book is aimed at helping designers communicate the essential ideas of New Urbanism, while still adapted to the methods and materials best suited to the builders. This book is a useful addition to the New Urbanist literature because it introduces simple and economical design principles, discusses what to design guidelines to require by code and what to leave out of code. The book will help designers guide developers to invest in what will create the most value.   

Click here to access the book online. 

Urban disasters beyond the city: Environmental risk in India’s fast-growing towns and villages

Date: 3/1/2019
Principal Researchers: Andrew Rumbach

Gretel Follingstad

In March 2019, Urban and Regional Planning Associate Professor Andy Rumbach, and Gretel Follingstad (PhD candidate in Design & Planning) published a new article in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. They studied 5 fast-growing towns and villages in the mountains of West Bengal, India with some pretty eye-opening findings.  The full article, "Urban disasters beyond the city: Environmental risk in India’s fast-growing towns and villages" is available online here


India is one of the fastest urbanizing countries in the world. Although urban scholars tend to focus on India’s large cities, urbanization is also transforming its villages and towns. In this paper we ask how urbanization is shaping environmental risk in five fast-growing towns and villages in the Darjeeling District, a mountainous region in the state of West Bengal. We base our study on the MOVE Framework, a comprehensive and integrative framework for assessing disaster and climate risk. Drawing on primary and secondary data collected over a 3-year period 2015–2017, we find that urbanizing towns and villages are characterized by rapid spatial growth, dynamic and challenging hazard contexts, and limitations in governance capacity or resources to document, govern, or adapt to emerging environmental threats. The risk that is accumulating in the built environment and economy may only be “revealed” after a major disaster, however. These characteristics and trends are likely common in other small urbanizing places and must be managed to achieve national and international goals for sustainable and resilient development.

Resilient Development: Fantasy Plans and Unplanned Developments in India's Flood‐Prone Coastal Cities

Date: 1/2/2019
Principal Researchers: Andrew Rumbach

Liza Weinstein (Northeastern University)
Saumitra Sinha (University of North Carolina)

In February 2019, Urban and Regional Planning Associate Professor Andy Rumbach, along with colleagues at Northeastern University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published a new article on urban development and coastal flooding in India in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.  The full article, "Resilient Growth: Fantasy Plans and Unplanned Developments in India's Flood‐Prone Coastal Cities" is available online here

In the face of rising seas and rapid growth, coastal cities in India have taken up the mantle of "resilience" in glossy climate action plans, high-profile international partnerships, and voluminous disaster management documents. And yet, while resilience has firmly entered the Indian city planning lexicon, environmentally destructive urban development continues largely unabated. What explains this seeming disconnect between the transformational goals of resilience planning and the everyday practices of
urban development? 

In this paper Rumbach and his colleagues examine the contradictions between global and national discourses of urban resilience planning and continuing patterns of destructive urban development, looking specifically at Kolkata and Mumbai, two of India's largest and most flood-affected cities. They argue that resilience planning, promoted by the central government and international consultants, and presented in locally produced "fantasy plans," fails to address the risks of flooding due to its tendency to sidestep questions of politics, power and the distributional conflicts that shape urban development. They conclude that analyses of governance and informality, and especially the politics of planned and unplanned development, should more directly inform studies of urban coastal flooding. 

The paper is part of a symposium in IJURR on the future of urban political theory in light of hydrological crises in Asia. The symposium includes several terrific papers on the urban politics of coastal flooding. 


Academic and policy literatures on urban climate resilience tend to emphasize ‘good planning’ as the primary means for addressing the growing risk of flooding in Asia's coastal megacities. Cities have come to rely on disaster and climate resilience plans to future‐proof their landscapes and protect vulnerable populations. Yet while data is collected, models are built and plans are drafted, environmentally destructive development practices continue unabated and often unchallenged. This article examines and seeks to explain the contradictions between a growing awareness of the risks of climate‐induced flooding in resilience plans and the continuation of development practices widely acknowledged to exacerbate those risks. It analyzes these contradictions in the context of Mumbai and Kolkata, India's largest coastal cities, which are facing the severest threats from climate‐induced flooding. Based on analyses of key resilience planning documents and both planned and unplanned developments in some of Mumbai's and Kolkata's most ecologically sensitive areas, our analysis reveals that resilience planning, promoted by the central government and international consultants, and presented in locally produced ‘fantasy plans’, fails to address the risks of climate‐change‐related flooding owing to tendencies to sidestep questions of politics, power and the distributional conflicts that shape urban development. We conclude that efforts to reduce urban flood risk would benefit from the research, methods and analytic concepts used to critically study cities, but significant gaps remain between these fields.

I’ll have to drive there: How daily time constraints impact women’s car use differently than men’s

Date: 1/2/2019
Principal Researchers: Manish Shirgaokar
Kelly Lanyi-Bennett

In January 2019, Urban and Regional Planning Assistant Professor Manish Shirgaokar published an article in Transportation about the influence of gender on car use. Women spend more time driving in general, possibly as a result of having more home-serving tasks such as chauffeuring children, and miscellaneous errands.  The full article, "I’ll have to drive there: How daily time constraints impact women’s car use differently than men’s" is available online here


Women, compared to men, spend more time on home-serving tasks. This might leave women with less time for other activities including daily travel, which can further limit their travel choices. Though the impacts of gender and family structure on work and non-work travel have been investigated, daily time constraints and their implications for travel are less well understood. We address this gap by employing mixed-methods. In the first phase, we use non-probabilistic purposive sampling and conduct focus groups to explore how professional women and men think about daily time use in relation to transportation choices. In the second phase, we rely on Canada’s 2015 General Social Survey (Cycle 29: Time use) and use daily time spent driving or riding as a passenger in an automobile as outcome variables. We specify weighted robust regression models to examine differences by gender using six sets of controls, namely, individual characteristics, household attributes, full-day time use profile, travel, and location factors. Our findings confirm that women spend more time than men on home-serving tasks including shopping and taking care of children/other adults. When we compare women and men who spend the same hours per day in paid work/getting an education, holding everything else constant, women spend more time driving. This research underscores the importance of gendered travel in relation to policies such as flex time and transportation options for complex trip making.

Operationalizing gendered transportation preferences: A psychological framework incorporating time constraints and risk aversion

Date: 3/23/2019
Principal Researchers: Manish Shirgaokar

Urban and Regional Planning Assistant Professor Manish Shirgaokar published an article in March 2019 in Transport Policy about the influence of gender when choosing a method of transportation. Women often commute longer, and identify physical safety as a major factor when they are deciding how to reach their destination.  The full article, "Operationalizing gendered transportation preferences: A psychological framework incorporating time constraints and risk aversion" is available online here


  • Women commute longer; use NMT modes more, but private modes less, than men.

  • Women mention time constraints less often than men.

  • Physical safety during evening travel is high on women's minds.

  • Factors affecting transportation decision are gender socialized.

  • Gender-specific psychological loads can be enumerated to design gendered policies.


The negative outcomes of ingrained gender socialization are evident in many contemporary societies. For example, women spend more time on home care and child rearing tasks than men do. A key impact of gender-based roles, hence, is larger time constraints for women compared to men. Additionally, in some countries women are exposed to daily sexual harassment during day-to-day travel. With the maturing of a middle class in the emerging economies, however, women are gaining financial independence. This has translated to gender-specific travel preferences, which remain understudied. I ask: how do gender-based preferences about time constraints and risk aversion express themselves in the travel choices of young adults? The research relies on purposive sampling where 154 participants at various stages of their young adult lives were recruited for 21 gender-separated focus groups. The sample includes graduate students and early/mid-career professionals in Mumbai. The aim was to explore reasons for differences in the travel behaviors of middle-class, college-educated, professional women and men. Relative to the larger population, this demographic group is less likely to have differences in travel preferences by gender. Yet the evidence suggests that time limitations and physical safety are experienced and expressed differently by each gender. For example, women speak more about safety than about time. I propose a psychological framework to expand transportation research by systematically investigating and incorporating such gendered travel preferences.

Harnessing the power of machine learning: Can Twitter data be useful in guiding resource allocation decisions during a natural disaster?

Date: 3/23/2019
Principal Researchers: Manish Shirgaokar
Darcy Reynard 

Urban and Regional Planning Assistant Professor Manish Shirgaokar published an article in March 2019 in Transportation Research about the potential use of social media during natural disasters to pinpoint the most devastated areas. The full article, "Harnessing the power of machine learning: Can Twitter data be useful in guiding resource allocation decisions during a natural disaster?" is available online here


Location-based social networks like Twitter can relay not just what is happening but where. To enable efficient resource allocation during natural disasters, managers need to know what citizens are experiencing and where. During Hurricane Irma in 2017 in Florida over six million people were asked to evacuate. The hurricane caused widespread damage. We utilized geospatial and machine learning techniques to categorize geolocated tweets, which were both about Hurricane Irma and located within Florida. We employed sentiment analysis to classify tweets about damage and/or transportation into negative, neutral, or positive groups. We used the American Community Survey (ACS) 2017 geography to provide socio-economic context, and relied on a multinomial logit specification to examine which features of the tweet, tweeter, or location were likely to be associated with negative or positive sentiments. We found that longer tweets were more likely to have useful sentiment-based content. We also discovered that popular tweeters were likely to tweet positive sentiments, and that popular tweets were less likely to have useful information about the disaster. The ACS backdrop suggested that the likelihood of tweets with negative sentiments was higher in census block groups with younger families. The probability of tweets with useful positive or negative sentiments dropped in locations with higher property values or median rents. This paper offers a methodology for extracting information embedded within social media data, and suggests ways to develop a probability-based understanding of needs to guide disaster managers. 


  • Demonstrates the use of LBSN to guide managers during natural disasters.
  • Method for content extraction and sentiment analysis from LBSN data.
  • Supervised machine learning techniques used to classify tweets.
  • Tweets joined with ACS 2017 to study the context where tweets emerge.
  • Longer, less re-tweeted content from less popular tweeters is likely to be useful.

Click here to read the full article. 

Auraria Vision Zero

Date: 1/1/2019
Location: Auraria Campus Denver, CO

In January 2019, the WTS Colorado Student Chapter launched the Auraria Vision Zero project after receiving a grant from the City and County of Denver’s Vision Zero Community Program. The project, which is part of Denver’s larger effort to promote safer streets and eliminate traffic fatalities, will bring public art, signage, and new lighting to several key areas around Auraria campus to slow traffic speeds and raise awareness of the Vision Zero project. The seven project locations around campus – which include areas along Auraria Parkway as well as the intersection of Speer Boulevard and Larimer Street, were chosen to draw attention to areas that have been identified by people traveling in and around Auraria campus as posing a safety concern. Read more about the project below:

Vision Zero is the City and County of Denver’s program to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. In 2018 the City and County of Denver launched a the Vision Zero Community Program to provide community members an opportunity to design a project to increase awareness of Vision Zero and promote safer streets. WalkDenver is a pedestrian advocacy organization and is assisting groups to develop and administer projects. The WTS Colorado Student Chapter (WTS) applied for and was awarded funding through Vision Zero Community Program to implement a project on the Auraria campus. Click here for more information about Denver’s Vision Zero efforts and the Vision Zero Community Program.

Project Overview
WTS launched the Auraria Vision Zero project in January 2019. Since then, the WTS team has met four times as a group and three times with Auraria’s campus planners to coordinate planning. They have collected input from about fifty students through the administration of an on-campus survey and they have individually and collectively walked campus to observe areas of conflict between mode users and collect counts of incidences of interest (i.e. people walking, bicycling, using a wheelchair, running red lights and stop signs, etc. ). The collected data will be included with long-term recommendations in the final report to be completed in Summer 2019. WTS also tabled at the 2019 Earth Day fair to promote Vision Zero and collect additional input on long-term traffic safety improvements for the Auraria community.

The WTS team has developed three intervention themes to draw attention to seven areas of traffic safety concern for people traveling through and around the Auraria campus. The specific locations are outlined in the map on the following page. Below are brief descriptions of the three intervention themes.

  • Public art – WTS proposes installing decorated silhouettes of people traveling in areas where there is conflict between modes or uses. The purpose is to catch the attention of travelers and calm traffic. This intervention was first introduced at the Decatur-Federal light rail station by Councilwoman Ortega and her constituents, who gifted WTS the designs and information for printing.
  • Yard signage – WalkDenver has developed Vision Zero yard signs that WTS is proposing to install at intervention locations to educate the public on the public art and initiative.
  • Solar-powered lighting – Students expressed in WTS’s survey that better lighting would help them feel safer traveling on and around campus. Solar-powered lighting will be installed in select locations where campus lighting efforts may not apply.

WTS kicked off their first intervention on Saturday, May 4, when WTS members and other students met for a Silhouette Painting Party. During a sunny afternoon, they painted life-sized silhouettes of pedestrians in bright eye-catching colors. After painting, the silhouettes were installed at key locations around Auraria Campus with accompanying Vision Zero signage developed by WalkDenver. The art project was on display for nearly two weeks. 

Oak Creek Recreation Master Plan (Phase 2)

Date: 11/1/2013 - 4/1/2014
Principal Researchers:


Location: Oak Creek, Colorado

The Oak Creek Recreation Master Plan establishes the Town of Oak Creek’s vision for its parks, trails, and recreation system. The plan, developed with input from community surveys and public meetings, exists as a tool for community members to prioritize and ensure that capital improvements in the Town of Oak Creek align with this vision. This plan will guide future in-depth development plans for parks, trails and recreation amenities for both residents and visitors in the Town of Oak Creek. When implemented, the improved range of outdoor recreation will foster increased physical activity among all ages, particularly for youth.

Project Team: Jeff Brunette - Master Landscape Architecture
Drew Parker - Master Urban & Regional Planning
Anthony Pozzuoli - Master Landscape Architecture, Master Business Administration
Vickie Berkley - Assistant Director for Civic Engagement

Local Participants:Mary Alice Page-Allen - Town Administrator/Clerk, Town of Oak Creek
Nikki Knoebel - Mayor of Oak Creek
Tom Holliday - Public Works Director, Oak Creek
Bar Parnell - Director, LiveWell Northwest Colorado
Town of Oak Creek Board of Trustees

Delta Main Street Pocket Park

Date: 4/24/2019 - 4/24/2019
Location: Delta, CO

The pocket park/urban park is located in the heart of Downtown Delta. It is centered on a primary commercial block of the downtown core. The park is .14 acres and will become available when the building at 327 Main Street is demolished. The existing building was determined a public safety hazard and as part of the grant language after demolition it was determined that the site should become a public space. Although the area is small, the frontage on Main Street is strong and easily accessible. The location is an asset to residents and visitors and aligns with the town’s comprehensive plan and recently updated Parks and Recreation master plan.

Design character and context were explored to help define the most appropriate program and amenities for the park. We took a resourceful and cohesive approach to the park design by integrating successful aspects of current design ideas around town. The new design will further identify and support what the needs are for a public space that the community will use. The objective wast to come up with new, more relevant ideas for the community and a design that encourages residents and visitors to use the park in all seasons. The result could offer a wide range of public uses while reinforcing the sense of place for the community and for the Downtown core.

Field Supervisor: Chris Endreson
CCCD Team Members: 
Gaelen Means, Kortney Harris, Tatum Moorer, Kevin Small
Local Collaborators: 
David Torgler, City Manager; Betsy Suerth, Public Works Director
DOLA Regional Manager: 
Kimberly Bullen

Frederick Art Master Plan

Date: 11/8/2017 - 11/1/2017
Location: Frederick, CO

The Frederick Arts Commission was established in 2000 by the Board of Trustees to advise on the Art in Public Places Program. They advise on what art projects to pursue, where to place such art, and with which artists to commission these projects.

The art master plan proposes guidelines and principles to strengthen Frederick’s identity by reinforcing connectivity between neighborhoods, parks and community spaces. Thoughtful art placement in key trail and infrastructure systems, town gateways and neighborhood entryways, establishes the town’s cohesiveness and uniqueness as a creative community. In addition, the art master plan provides a framework for decision-making as the art commission and residents of Frederick address not only art placement, but also support for local artists.

Realizing the full potential of city-scale art integration can help ensure that Frederick maintains a strong cultural presence on a regional scale. Ultimately, the Frederick Art Master Plan will guide the placement of art in a way that both maintains Frederick’s existing values and sense of community, while continuing to strengthen its overall identity for years to come.

Field Supervisor: Jennifer Kovarik CCCD Team Members: Stacey Ester (MLA), Ramya Krishna (MUD), Claire Dalby (MURP) DOLA Regional Manager: Don Sandoval Local Collaborator: The Frederick Art Commission

Sterling Heritage Park

Date: 5/1/2019 - 5/1/2019
Location: Sterling, CO

The City of Sterling, along with additional partners are hoping to redevelop a site in the historic central business district into a public plaza and public amenity. The site sits at an important intersection of Main and 4th Streets and acts as a gateway to the charming downtown. Formerly a gas station, the site now houses a two-bay garage and glass walled structure and is home to a local bike shop.

The City of Sterling selected the Colorado Center for Community Development to develop conceptual plans. The team began the project by collecting public input and performing site analysis to make sure that any solutions would be appropriate and supported by the public. Several design iterations, influenced by local Logan County inspiration, were created and presented again at a public meeting in Sterling. Feedback was incorporated and the best aspects of each design were combined to create a final design that is welcoming and functional. We hope this project will become a space that residents can be proud of and will help support the activity of the downtown core.

Field Supervisor:
Jennifer Kovarik
CCCD Team Members: 
Kendrick Wyman (MLA), Chelsea Gieryic (MLA)
DOLA Regional Manager:
Greg Etl
Local Collaborator: 
Don Saling, City Manager

Grand Junction Arts + Culture Campus

Date: 4/19/2019 - 4/19/2019
Location: Grand Junction, CO

The client for this project is a partnership between the City of Grand Junction, the Museums of Western Colorado (MWC), Western Colorado Center for the Arts (WCCA) and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra (GJSO). Their goal was to assess the potential feasibility and opportunity of developing an Arts and Culture campus on the existing MWC site in downtown Grand Junction. The partners asked for help in preliminary research and visioning of the programming and planning. The aim was to explore and identify what could work on the site and within the constraints that exist.

We developed options for redevelopment of the Museum of Western Colorado site and structures located in downtown Grand Junction between 4th and 5th streets. The project considered options of design and configuration and presented the feasibility and opportunity of creating a joint Art and Culture Campus for the current Museum of Western Colorado – Museums of the West, the Western Colorado Center for the Arts and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra administration.

Field Supervisor:
Chris Endreson
CCCD Team Members: Brittany Bona, Tomas Cooke
DOLA Regional Manager: Kimberly Bulla
Local Collaborator: City of Grand Junction, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Museum of Western Colorado, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra

Kersey Town Hall + Streetscape

Date: 8/1/2018 - 8/1/2018
Location: Kersey, CO

The town of Kersey has a vision to create a vibrant town center along a primary stretch of 1st Street. One of the first projects which they hope to implement includes relocating the town hall and police facilities to the historic Kersey Co-Op Building located at 1st and Trumbull Streets. This adaptive re-imagining of an important landmark in the town will create an anchor to the central business district which has struggled in the past to maintain a cohesive identity and attract businesses and patrons.

Kersey is also seeking designs for a streetscape plan to enhance the pedestrian experience along 1st Street. Together, these projects will transform this struggling corridor into a hub for businesses and a place of pride for local residents. Our work included conceptual designs for both the town hall redesign at the former Co-Op Building and a streetscape plan for 1st Street along four blocks covering the stretch between Trumbull and Hill Streets. We also produced a report which explored new signage for the whole town of Kersey and provided a conceptual master plan for the current Memorial Park.

Field Supervisor: Jennifer Kovarik
CCCD Team: Claire Dalby, Diana Souders, Sofia Bruni, Zhinguang Hu, Dillon McBride, Kendrick Wyman
DOLA Regional Manager:
Don Sandoval
Local Collaborator: 
Christian Morgan, Town Administrator; Jay Cochran, Community Development Director

Hayden Downtown Placemaking

Date: 3/1/2019 - 3/1/2019
Location: Hayden, CO

The scope of work for the town of Hayden consisted of a variety of research all aiming to reinforce the “sense of place” already established by the town residents, history, economy, social and cultural dynamics, recreational activities and climate/ecological conditions.

The team sought to identify this “sense of place” through research, site visits, meetings with town officials, and impromptu discussions with town residents. Ultimately, the team proposed recommendations pertaining to: (1) The re-striping along Federal Highway 40 (Jefferson Ave.), including a lane shrinking strategy with improved bike lanes and crosswalks to slow traffic and appeal to pedestrian safety; (2) streetscape amenity placement and recommendations to enhance the vibrancy of the downtown core; (3) park “activation” strategies for two very different parks including designs and events possibilities; (4) sidewalk analysis and suggestions throughout the downtown core and the commercial/residential edges for better circulation, connectivity and safety (5) cost opinions, possible partnerships, and grant possibilities to implement the desired changes throughout Hayden. All of these points come with the goal to better empower the residents and town officials of Hayden, CO, with the language and tools needed to develop their unique “sense of place”.

The project team used a wide range of tools including, textual research, analysis, mapping strategies, cross-section/aerial/perspective drawings, diagrammatic analysis, critical discussions, field work, and community meetings.

Field Supervisor: Chris Endreson
CCCD Team: 
Brittany Bona, Thomas Cooke, Julia Dullen, Kortney Harris, Corban McElroy, Gaelen Means, Tatum Moorer, Nick Patin, Kevin Small
DOLA Regional Manager:
Kimberly Bulla
Local Collaborator: 
Matt Mendisco, Town Manager

Nucla Main Street Beautification

Date: 5/1/2019 - 5/1/2019
Location: Nucla, CO

The town of Nucla requested design concepts for specific parts of downtown. Nucla is a Statutory Town with a population around 700 residents in Montrose County situated in the high desert of the counties west end and south of Grand Junction. Its history is rooted in ranching and mining. While coal mining is still operational, the outdoor recreation industry is on the rise. 

This downtown improvement project included the following work: Define the use and circulation of main street and identify needs/gaps, propose programs for improvements, create a plan for a unified downtown main street design, determine the opportunity for community and pedestrian gathering space, present sustainability concepts for main street, explore architectural ideas for façade improvements, deliver preliminary assessment and programmatic documents to strengthen grant applications and other funding opportunities. 

The project benefited greatly from the input and guidance provided by community members, local businesses and interested citizens through a series of public meetings. The community of Nucla wanted design concepts for a downtown that celebrate its character and history, is inviting to travelers and functional for residents. The final designs were influenced by the public's desire for unique details such as repurposed planters, brick with stucco front façades and structured awnings as well as street art.

Field Supervisor: Chris Endreson
CCCD Team: 
Brittany Bona,  Thomas Cooke, Alex Martin, Julia Dullien, Kortney Harris, Tatum Moorer, Gaelen Means, Kevin Small, Nick Patin
DOLA Regional Manager: 
Kimberly Bulla
Local Collaborators: 
Sherri Farmer, Town Clerk; Paula Brown, Parks & Recreation Department

Keenesburg Community Center

Date: 8/1/2018 - 8/1/2018
Location: Keenesburg, CO

Located in the Greeley metro area in Weld County, Colorado, Keenesburg is a charming community with a rich history in farming, ranching, and railroads. The Keenesburg school was constructed in 1927 and educated the students of the community for 75 years. It expanded many times over the years with population growth, and in the 1950s additional buildings were placed around the original red brick structure to accommodate more students. The school was decommissioned in 2002 and has since fallen somewhat into disrepair, being used primarily for storage by the Weld Co. school district.

The objectives of this project was to evaluate how the historic school building could best be adapted for new uses. Community members prioritized the following goals: provide new gathering spaces, celebrate the character of the building through adaptive-reuse, and reinforce a sense of place and identity by revitalizing a historic structure. The full scope of the project included public engagement and feedback, site analysis, precedent studies, conceptual plans, preliminary and final designs.

Field Supervisor: Jennifer Kovarik CCCD Team Members: Kate Farrington, Areti Athanasopoulos, Cherryl Agosto, Taylor Chesnovar, Eric Schankerman Local Collaborator: Debra Chumley, Town Manager DOLA Regional Manager: Don Sandoval
Keenesburg School aerial photoKeenesburg School meetingKeenesburg School site plan

Ignite Evolution Greenhouse

Date: 7/22/2019 - 8/8/2019
Student Researcher:Pop-up Architecture 3700 Faculty Advisor: Jo Vandenburg & Maria Delgado

The Ignite Evolution greenhouse is a modular structure, designed to be easily disassembled and transported. It was constructed by twenty-four students in just twelve days, and then installed in its permanent location at the Campus Village Apartments.

design build greenhouse in daylight

Ignite Evolution sign on greenhouse door

opposite angle of greenhouse

Interior of design build greenhouse