Students, Faculty Contribute to Flood Recovery in Lyons, Colorado

Tags: , , ,

September 2014

Lyons, CO – With the anniversary of last year’s floods along Colorado’s Front Range, efforts by CAP’s Resilient Colorado initiative and related work to assist the city of Lyons, Colorado are gaining a lot of attention.

Students in the summer 2014 course Housing Development: A Post-Disaster Workshop in Lyons, Colorado, taught by Assistant Professors Carrie Makarewicz and Andy Rumbach, presented their findings to the Lyons Board of Trustees on September 2. Their work will be used during the town’s ongoing recovery efforts and will help to shape the community engagement process in the area.

Read more about MURP’s engagement in these efforts in the Denver Post article CU Denver students offer Lyons advice on its flood-recovery efforts and the Boulder Daily Camera article, CU Denver students present housing plan to Lyons.

Resilient Colorado is an initiative of the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning to assist Colorado communities recovering from the September 2013 floods. The initiative connects faculty and staff experience, student passion, and communities to facilitate recovery and contribute to a more resilient Colorado.

Andy explains that after the floods, the college came together and started talking about how, as a planning and design college, we could assist Colorado communities with their recovery. Faculty from across CAP are working with the Town of Lyons in an advisory capacity, and students are actively engaged in the recovery efforts as well. Students in Andy’s Planning for Disasters and Climate Change course have helped with producing maps, analyzing data, and a variety of other tasks. “Overall I think students really love this kind of learning” Andy said. “They’re going to do all this work anyway, so students always say at least we should be engaged in the real world, we should be helping communities, we should be helping the community we’re a part of.”