Haxtun, CO is located in the Great Plains Region of the United States in northeast Colorado. The 2010 Census had the community population at 946 people. 100 of those people are employed by the Haxtun Hospital District. The design challenged proposed by the Haxtun Hospital District and Phillips County Economic Development: Could the medical/skilled nursing element be combined to create a mixed-use community that incorporates the existing main street structures (pharmacy | restaurant) to reduce redundancy and return traditional main street establishments? The intention of this design engagement is to combine uses as a catalyst to transform the community of Haxtun while also providing a thought provoking prototype concept that could be applied to rural communities around the country.
Jury Comments: This is an urban strategy that has both architectural implications while providing a prototype that easily translates to rural Main Streets across the country. The approach reinvigorates threatened urban spaces, while providing critical infrastructure for the community.