January 26, 2015–
28 students and 5 faculty from the University of Colorado Denver visited the Leadville Mountain Center last weekend to kick off a multi-phase partnership between the Colorado Outward Bound School and the CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning. For their spring Design Build Certificate Program, the students will design and build staff cabins – a huge piece of a multi-million dollar renovation of the Leadville Mountain Center.
“This is an incredible partnership,” said Peter O’Neil, Executive Director of COBS. “To partner with a world-class program like CU Denver, to involve our staff in the design process, and to know we’re going to have responsibly-built cabins for generations to come… It’s amazing.”
The students spent Saturday touring the LMC and spending a lot of time down at the staff village, sketching where the individual staff cabins will be going, understanding the orientation of each building and getting a sense for the constraints and the unique qualities of each cabin location.
O’Neil, who spent the weekend with them, added, “they are super excited about helping us build the physical infrastructure to support our staff community. For them, this partnership with COBS is a once in a lifetime opportunity for an architecture student. And the 5 faculty members are really pumped that they are working with these students on this project!”
The students and faculty spent a good part of the evening interviewing field staff about what they are looking for in a staff cabin — after, of course, a wonderful dinner prepared by Chef Mike in the South Dining Hall.
We’ll continue to share photos and updates on the progress on our Facebook page.
photos by Peter O’Neil