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Designing New Bunk House for Campers with Disabilities

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Designing New Bunk House for Campers with Disabilities

(DENVER, July 31, 2019) – The summer camp season is underway, and campers with disabilities in Colorado are celebrating a new facility at Easterseals Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Village. DLR Group provided pro bono services and partnered with Easterseals Colorado to design the Friendship Lodge, a new 32-bed bunk house in Empire, Colorado. The lodge, which officially opened on August 1, will be used year-round; during the summer season it will house campers and staff, and during the off-season it will be rented to private groups.

The 7,500-SF lodge is fully accessible and features high ceilings with ADA finishes. In addition to sleeping bunks, the facility also includes a kitchen, living area, fully accessible bathrooms, and private bedrooms for counselors. In the center of the camp near a fishing pond and outdoor stage, guests of the Friendship Lodge can enjoy picturesque mountain views and surroundings.

Rocky Mountain Village is used by more than 800 children and adults with disabilities during the summer camp season. Campers participate in summer activities such as swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, hiking, dancing, and other social experiences.

“Rocky Mountain Village has always been a very special place for many of our Easterseals program participants,” said Easterseals Colorado President and CEO, Roman Krafczyk. “Now, with the addition of the Friendship Lodge, we have a beautiful, new facility where campers and guests can relax, connect with new friends, and enjoy the magic of camp.”

The Friendship Lodge’s estimated cost of $1.6 million was funded by Lyda Hill Philanthropies and other community partners.

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