Research and Creative Work

In the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver, students and faculty engage directly with our vibrant city, dynamic community, and magnificent landscape by working on real projects that make a real difference. 

Fruita Gateway Design

Date: 8/21/2015 - 6/20/2016
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Location: Fruita, CO

The City of Fruita contacted CCCD with an interest for assistance in understanding the community ideas for improvements to the I-70 gateway into the city. Through a series of meetings and site visits, a unique survey was decided upon to gather that feedback so that it could be gathered at various locations and event in town.

Students developed a survey that was not just multiple choice or fill in the blank, but was also a sketching activity. The goal was to allow all types of people to respond in a way most comfortable to them and in a creative way. The survey response was amazing and through the tabulation of the results provided the city with a list of improvements that they could then break out into projects and look for funding or engineering to accomplish.

Project Team: 
Wesley Kay (MArch), Chris Endreson (Project Manager)
Local Participants: Michael Bennett (City Manager), Sam Atkins (City Engineer), Fruita City Council
DOLA Regional Manager: Elyse Ackerman

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