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Longs Peak Toilets in Colorado Recognized In AIA Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recognized 12 exceptional designs with the 2019 Small Project Awards. They describe the program as “raising awareness about the value and design excellence that architects can bring to projects, no mater their size or scope.”

One interesting project called Longs Peak Toilets brought a unique design to a national park in Colorado. The National Park Service partnered with University of Colorado design program called ColoradoBuildingWorkshop to re-design and construct new backcountry privies at the Rocky Mountain National Park. According to the design program, “the new Long’s Peak Privies explore lightweight prefabricated construction and emerging methods of waste collection to minimize the human footprint in Colorado’s backcountry.” This unique and innovate construction assembly allowed for a quick set up in 8 days. The design of the architecture disappears into the surrounding landscape, helping hikers enjoy their experience better.

View the other recipients of the Small Project Design on the AIA website. The AIA gave out awards in 3 categories:

  • Category 1--small project construction, an architectural object, work of environmental art or an architectural design element that cost up to $150,000 in construction.
  • Category 2--include small project construction that could cost up to $1,500,000 in construction.
  • Category 3--could include small project construction, an architectural object, work of environmental art or an architectural design that is under 5,000 f2.

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