Aspen Institute prepares for remodel
The Aspen Institute will enter the city’s historic preservation review process this summer for a remodel on the West End campus.
Harry Teague Architects will design the project, said Institute Executive Vice President Amy Margerum. The $900,000 remodel includes work on the restaurant and reception center at the Meadows, and adding about 1,200 square feet to the facilities.
“We just wanted to make more of a first impression when people enter the property – it’s looking old, and it needs work,” Margerum said.
The Aspen Meadows campus was built in 1958 by artist Herbert Bayer, a master teacher from the Bauhaus school in Germany. Margerum said it’s important to the Institute, which uses the Meadows facilities, to keep Bayer’s architectural style during the remodel.
The Institute last renovated the entire campus in 1992. Officials had planned for this project but ran out of money before it could be completed, Margerum said. The campus master plan included an additional 1,500 square feet for the current expansion.
The project will also include structural work, safety additions including a sprinkler system, and plumbing improvements. New carpet and tile is also included, as is a simple, covered area at the entry to the Meadows Restaurant.
The additional square footage will be added onto the back deck of the restaurant building. It will give restaurant-goers another place to eat when there is a meeting going on in the main dining room, and allow the Institute and Meadows to hold two receptions at the same time, Margerum said.
Shaw Construction is the project’s contractor. The project should be presented to the Aspen Historic Preservation Commission by the end of this month.
Margerum said Institute officials hope to get approval from the city this summer so construction can begin this fall.
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