Driving to Ft. Collins from Denver is, unless it’s after a large snowstorm, always great. On one side of I-25, looking east are the plains and big sky and on the other, to the west, the Rocky Mountains. While on a recent scouting trip, I finally made myself take the time to stop by a building I’d seen from a distance countless times. It was often, at best, a regularly extended glance as I began my ritualistic panic of looking for, and always missing, my exit when coming to town for a project. Since I was in the area earlier than usual, I had to time actually stop and see what this building was.
RNL designed the Environmental Learning Center for Colorado State University, the City of Ft. Collins and the Colorado State Dept of Parks and Rec. In addition to housing several school and municipal offices, the site also allows students and visitors walk the grounds and experience samples of the various local Colorado environments. A great time to pull out the iPhone and see what was possible photographically, and of course a way to inevitably wind up screeching in to my scouting meeting, with not a minute to spare.