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. 

Salida Scout Hut Renovation

Date: 7/1/2014 - 8/1/2014
Principal Researchers:


Location: Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado

Design services were requested to look at alternative uses for the Parker Art Center’s building. An old school gymnasium is attached to the historic Parker School and it is hoped to convert this gym into an artist studio, gallery or perhaps a restaurant/brew pub with artist gallery. The Parker Arts Center steering committee helped direct the design ideas and two layouts for the space were finalized in a report for their use. Other design services provided include a lay-out a Main Street frontage courtyard that would directly access the remodeled gym.

The steering committee loved the illustrations and appreciated the service provided to help them visualize how to use available space. The final report was to be used to gather local contributions and apply for grants. They are now requesting additional illustrations for the interior treatment of the historic Parker Schoolhouse to improve the entry and restore the historic character of the building.

Field Coordinator:
Jeffrey Wood
CCCD Team: Amanda Tharp, Holly Paris
Local Participants: Theresa Casey, Michael Varner, Dara MacDonald, et al

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