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February 8th Event Showcases Student-Built Structure

CCD hosted a Design x Build showcase event, unveiling a structure built entirely by students.

On Friday, February 8th, Community College of Denver hosted a Design x Build showcase event, unveiling a structure built entirely by students.

The Design x Build project was a way for students to test out a new building crafts program — a program that aims to reintegrate design and construction.

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CCD Student Evan Lugo

“A big thing for me was trying to bridge some of the gaps between design and actual build,” said architectural technologies student, Evan Lugo.

In a series of voluntary workshops held over winter break, the challenge was to brainstorm designs that would encourage more people to engage with underused space on the Auraria Campus. Together, eight students ideated and constructed a beautiful red cedar structure. The aesthetically impressive structure showcases craftsman elements and creates a sense of space, which will enhance some previously overlooked concrete benches around campus.

At the unveiling, 25 attendees enjoyed dinner and conversation about various architecture and construction paths available to students at Community College of Denver. Staff, industry and employer partners were available to discuss the growing building crafts program, and how it’s successfully addressing the construction skills gap in Denver.Learn more about the program at CCD.edu/Breakground.