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Boulder Chung Tai Zen Center & Monastery

Boulder, CO
  • Bldg system

    Mass Timber

  • No. Of Stories


  • Sq. footage


The Chung Tai Zen Center is a 25,000 square foot Buddhist Meditation Center, which will consist of a main sanctuary building and associated residential monastery developed on a beautiful, rural 35acre site in East Boulder. The property’s quiet and rural farm character is the ideal calm atmosphere for meditation practice and Buddhist instruction, prioritizing purity of mind and a caring, fulfilling way of life. This single story structure has expansive interior spaces with high volumes that are accentuated by the Cross-Laminated Timber ceiling/roof and massive glu-lam timber beams and columns.

The facility will be Net Zero Energy, producing more energy than it uses. The intention for the center’s design encourages mindfulness and incorporates a harmonic relationship with the environment.  The timber and wood in the project provide a connection with natural world and it brings a warm calming environment into the project.

  • Construction Type:


  • Building Type:

    Assembly (Worship, Restaurant, Theater)

  • Material Types:

    Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), Timber-Frame / Post and Beam, Heavy Timber Decking, Hybrid (wood with steel or concrete), Structural Composite Lumber (e.g. LVL and LSL)

Companies Involved:
  • Sopher Sparn Architects


  • JVA, Inc.

    Structural and Civil Engineer

  • Boulder Engineering

    MEP Engineer

  • Adolfson & Peterson Construction

    General Contractor

  • Anser Advisory

    Owner's Rep.

Individuals Involved:
  • Frank Romero

    Senior Project Designer

  • Stephen Sparn


  • Josie Varga

    Project Manager

  • Jacob Schneck

    Project Architect

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