The River Center
Concept Design

The River Center <br/>Concept Design

Based in Basalt, Colorado (just down from Aspen) in the heart of  the Roaring Fork Watershed, the River Center is an interactive visitor center wrestling with perhaps the greatest natural/human issue in the western United States – water. The waters from this area are depended upon by over 30 million users and can be found in 18 states both west and east of the Continental Divide.

The River Center will:

  • become a regional hub for river, water and watershed‐related education, research, policy, and collaboration.
  • exemplify sustainability in relation resource efficiency, financial solvency, and community demonstration.
  • provide innovative, interactive, layered learning opportunities and experiences for diverse audiences through programming and exhibits.
  • cause people to re‐think their relationship to water, provoke thought about current and future decisions we must make individually and corporately, and provide opportunities for action.

Set within a 8,000 sq. ft. building along the Roaring Fork River, this 2,000 sq. ft. permanent exhibit, temporary exhibit spaces, classrooms and outdoor learning areas will be the first of its kind in Colorado River Plateau. Groundbreaking is scheduled for Spring 2013.


Studio Tectonic – exhibit design lead
ECOS Communications – exhibit content lead
Designed and Developed by ECOS Communications and Studio Tectonic

Harry Teague Architects – architecture
BlueGreen – landscape architecture
Steeple Chase Partners – owner’s representation