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Design Details: Notched Concrete Deters Skateboarders

Andy Cohen 91412 Web

When the University of Colorado added a basketball/volleyball practice facility to the downhill side of the 40-year-old Coors Events Center, jaws in the Boulder skateboarding community ...

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(Photo by Woodruff-Brown Architectural Photography)

When the University of Colorado added a basketball/volleyball practice facility to the downhill side of the 40-year-old Coors Events Center, jaws in the Boulder skateboarding community must have immediately begun to drop. Denver-based Sink Combs Dethlefs Architects had anticipated this, however, and selected an elegant deterrent to daredevils that matched the new building's aesthetic of rough-hewn block and buff sandstone. Monumental stone walls befitting one of the primary access routes to the arena are topped with precast concrete caps bearing regularly spaced 4-inch-wide notches - materials that can comfortably withstand colder Colorado weather but are fabricated to be uniformly hard on skateboards and bodies.

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