The pavilion, located in Waterton Canyon, serves as an outdoor classroom for environmental groups involved in Bird Banding, Pond Ecology, and Wildlife Habitat.

The structure is a pragmatic response to the various constraints of the site. The tilted columns were conceived to triangulate the lateral loads associated with a structure that, by floodplain regulations, were not allowed to have walls. Off the backside of the structure, a small cantilever celebrates the release of captured birds back to nature. The roof drains to a central skylight (fondly referred to as the oculus) to capture rainwater and filter it through vegetation, soil, and rock before returning it to the floodplain.

2013 AIA Colorado YAAG Project of the Year

Caitlin Blythe
Nicole Bruechner
Michael Bucher
Nicole Davis
Carrie Hadley
Katherine Hawkins
Christopher Johnston
Robert Kiester
William Koning
Milen Milev
Rachel Mott
Will Murray
Gerald Reynolds
JD Signom
Astrid Vander

Rick Sommerfeld

Structural Engineers:
Julian Lineham, PE, SECB, MICE, CEng
Lee Maggert - Principal Studio NYL Structural Engineers

Geotechnical Engineer:
Scott Myers, PE - TerraCon

Civil Engineer:
Jansen Strawn

David Neighbour - Metro Mix, LLC.Roof
Cemco DenverSteel Fabrication
Coalesce Design and Fabrication
Fowler and PethConcrete Finishing
Toma ConstructionLandscape Supply
Alameda Wholesale
Josh Hawkins, Zach Hawkins

College of Architecture and Planning

CU Denver

CU Denver Building

1250 14th Street


Denver, CO 80202


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