Barnard Hut ready for a face-lift |

Barnard Hut ready for a face-lift

Aspen Times Staff Report

The renovation of the Alfred Braun huts continues this summer, with work slated to start on the Barnard Hut on Richmond Ridge later this month.

The hut will get a new outhouse, a new wood-storage area and a face-lift, said Hawk Greenway, manager of the Braun Hut System. Volunteers are needed for the project.

The Barnard’s entrance will be reconfigured, and a new outhouse will be placed at the end of a short walkway. A new storage structure for firewood, which is now stored under the building, will allow hut users to get wood with less digging. And new glass will bring in more light.

“The whole south face will get some big windows so you can enjoy the view,” Greenway said.

The Barnard will change some, Greenway said. Plans for the renovation were created by architect Al Beyer of Al Beyer Design. Other ski huts designed by Beyer include the Benedict Huts on Smuggler Mountain, part of the 10th Mountain Division hut system; and the revamped Green-Wilson Hut, a Braun hut, on upper Castle Creek.

“Al Beyer has spent so much time in huts that he understands how to make the [indoor] traffic work, and make them fun places to be,” Greenway said.

The construction work will be done by Lost Trail Log Works, of Carbondale.

Work at the Barnard will begin as soon as melting snow allows access to the hut – probably between June 15 and 20, Greenway estimated. He said the improvements are to be completed on time for the 2000-2001 winter season.

Volunteers are needed for the first phase – deconstruction of parts of the existing structure. Some of the materials will be recovered for re-use or recycling.

Donations are also greatly appreciated, Greenway said. The cost of the project will be about $45,000.

To volunteer or make a donation, call Greenway at 920-7859.

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