On Thursday, Sept. 22, a group of students from the University of Colorado Boulder were recognized for their outstanding work on Silverthorne Urban Renewal Plans. Students in one of Professor John Lanterman’s Environmental Design studio classes worked with the town to design a concept for the downtown core.
“We worked closely with the Town of Silverthorne and they were extremely supportive of the partnership and our work to achieve this vision,” said Lanterman.
The student’s work on this project included many different aspects of environmental design. They were split into three different groups, each working on a different part of the planning. While one group focused on architecture, another looked at landscape architecture and a third group tied it all together by taking on the role of urban planners.
With their prospective roles, the studio looked at the comprehensive plan for the town of Silverthorne, and came up with some suggestions on how they thought it could be improved. To showcase their ideas, the group created drawings and models, which can be found here.
Mark Leidal, the Assistant Town Manager in Silverthorne, thought the students did an excellent job with their task. He appreciated that they studied the existing infrastructure and the river, bike paths and performing arts center.
“From our perspective, it’s great to have that connection with the University of Colorado,” Leidal said. “I think it’s fabulous for students to have those real world examples, and be able to study something that is outside the Boulder area.”
For their high quality professionalism demonstrated throughout the project, this group of students received an award recognizing their work as Best Student Project at the Downtown Colorado Incorporated Annual Conference in Pueblo.
“You interact with it everyday!” Leidal said. “Where do you live? How do you get to the store? How do you get on a bike path? How do you deal with a street? All that stuff. Somebody’s thinking about it.” Leidal is correct, some people are thinking about it, especially the students in Lanterman’s studio class.
Contact CU Independent News Staff Writer Anna Blanco at Anna.Blanco@colorado.edu