Preserving our heritage is important to Coloradans. Projects completed by CAP's centers and in graduate courses have helped communities to establish priorities for conservation, restoration, and rehabilitation.

The Center of Preservation Research's work in documentation, survey, and assessment of historic structures and cultural landscapes has created permanent, accurate records for future research and study as well as public awareness of endangered resources. Its projects have included ranches, national monuments, and Japanese American Confinement Sites.

The Colorado Center for Community Development (CCCD) and Master of Urban and Regional Planning capstone courses have developed adaptive reuse and renovation plans for places as varied as the Hugo Railroad Depot, Ritz Theatre in Las Animas, and the Brush Central Platoon School. CCCD looked at the economic impact of Colorado's Scenic and Historic Byways, and urban and regional planning students generated ideas for Denver's Union Station Plaza.

The written and graphic documentation of a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp that landscape architecture students and faculty did is now preserved by The Library of Congress and used by educators, land managers, and preservation planners as well as the general public. The college's work exploring the past has helped to create a basis for future sustainable preservation.