School of Architecture College of Design

Associate Professor Comazzi Design-Build Workshop


Associate Professor Comazzi Design-Build Workshop – Learning Through Making


Through a sequence of two graduate design modules, students will leverage materials research and design-build practices for the design, fabrication, and construction of several small structures (or "learning kiosks") at the Wargo Nature Center's Heritage Lab for programming with local school groups as well as summer programs with the YMCA of Anoka Co.

In addition to the financial and administrative support from Anoka County Parks and Recreation and the YMCA, the project is being supported by generous donations from Connexus Energy and the School of Architecture's Seed Grant funds. Furthermore, there are several industry partners committed to the project. Radius Track and M.G. McGrath have committed in-kind support of time, expertise, materials, and facilities, and Coldspring Granite has offered free materials for the project.

The images below are from two recent site visits: one to the Heritage Lab site at Wargo Nature Center where students will be designing and building 4-6 pavilions during the summer 2016 and one to Coldspring Granite's quarries in St. Cloud.

During their visit to the Heritage Lab, students met with the following representatives from Anoka Parks and Rec:

  • John VonDeLinde, Division Manager Parks and Community Services Division

  • Karen Blaska , Park Planner\ Landscape Architect

  • Crystal Passi,  Landscape Planner

  • Anders Oredson, Parks Supervisor

  • Lisa Gilliland, Wargo Nature Center Operations Supervisor

  • Krista Harrington, Wargo Nature Center Program Supervisor

  • Cory Hinz, Recreation Services Manager

and the following representatives from the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities:

  • Tom Kranz, Vice President of Camping

  • Daniel Obrien, Camp Director for Camp Heritage

Images from Heritage Lab Visit



Images from Coldspring Granite Visit

Tours of the site by Paul Dierkhising, Director of their Architectural Division

View Project Summary HERE





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