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News Release

Architecture students design plaza for historic Colorado mountain town


Photo of the dedication of the new city square in Palidisade, Colo.
Community members gather to dedicate Palisade's Civic Plaza.

DENVER (May 6, 2009) – Two graduate level architecture students from University of Colorado Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) designed and helped install a new plaza for the western slope community of Palisade, Colo. Chris Snyder and Carrie Kronberg, working with Richard Sales, associate director of the Colorado Center for Community Development (CCCD), which is also located at UC Denver, were instrumental in getting this project off the ground with their initial design concepts.

Palisade’s Civic Plaza was dedicated on a sunny spring day in April. Palisade Mayor Dave Walker told the crowd at the dedication that “the community did not realize the potential for a plaza until after the UC Denver architecture students presented their ideas and drawings.”

The Palisade community said Snyder and Kronberg’s concept showed the area could be more than just a rundown parking lot. The students, who are now UC Denver graduates, completed this project as part of their internship with CCCD. 

“Assigning architecture students to community-based projects throughout the state is a great way to apply the knowledge these students have learned at the university through applying their skills to real-world projects, but also it is a valuable experience for students to see how they will use their education in life,” said Sales.

The Civic Plaza was just one of the many proactive projects that the Colorado Center for Community Development is involved in with in Colorado’s rural communities.

Palisade, often referred to as the “Heart of Colorado's Fruit and Wine Country”, is known for its peaches. The area hosts 75 percent of the state's vineyards. Situated at the base of the Grand Mesa on the Colorado River, the community boasts of Victorian neighborhoods, and is adamant about the historic preservation of their downtown area. 

The UC Denver College of Architecture and Planning is among the largest colleges of architecture and related design and planning disciplines in the U.S. Located on the University of Colorado Denver’s downtown campus and the University of Colorado-Boulder, CAP brings together faculty, students and practitioners who share common pursuits in communities of interest including: emerging practices in design, sustainable urbanism, the creation of healthy environments and the preservation of cultural heritage. CAP is one of 13 schools and colleges at UC Denver. The University offers more than 100 degrees and serves more than 28,000 students in Metro Denver and online. For additional news and information, please visit the UC Denver newsroom.

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Contact:  Tonya Ewers-Maikish, 303.315.6374, tonya.ewers@ucdenver.edu