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Crested Butte Center for the Arts

Crested Butte, CO
  • Bldg system

    Mass Timber

  • No. Of Stories


  • Sq. footage


This historic mountain community signaled its support for the arts when it built the Center, a vibrant and inviting public arts facility. The intimate character and excellent acoustics of the Center's 320-seat theater are primarily due to the extensive use of wood. Curved and faceted acoustical wood reflectors direct sound and can be custom-tuned for music and spoken-word performances. A gallery, art studios, and rehearsal rooms surround a double-height lobby that combines massive wood structural members, textured copper, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls to create a warm and welcoming space. The design team made creative use of wood structural systems, including glulam columns, LVL rafters, the lobby's unique wood-and-steel 3D space-truss system, and an entry canopy with skewed glulam columns. The blue-stained cedar exterior cladding makes the Center for the Arts one of the most recognizable buildings in town.  

  • Construction Type:


  • Building Type:

    Civic (Recreational)

  • Material Types:

    Mass Timber, Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), Hybrid (wood with steel or concrete), Light-Frame

Companies Involved:
  • Steinberg Hart with Andrew Hadley Architect


  • Resource Engineering Group

    Structural Engineer

  • Black Dragon Development

    General Contractor

  • Center for the Arts

    Developer/Building Owner

  • Blue Valley Carpentry

    Timber Installer/Framer

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