Hay Barn Restoration Project Wins 2017 California Preservation Foundation Award


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University of California, Santa Cruz’ Cowell Ranch Hay Barn restoration project received the 2017 California Preservation Foundation Award (PDA) for the Rehabilitation category. This historic  timber-framed structure dates back to the 1860s, and sits on the federally listed Cowell Lime Works Historic District, a 30-acre parcel of land at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The structure was dismantled and reconstructed over a new foundation, re-using as much of the original materials as possible. The barn was constructed by hand using the art of mortise and tenon joinery with wooden pegs, an uncommon technique in California.

The PDA honors the accomplishments of architects, engineers, developers, preservation consultants, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and others for outstanding examples of preservation in categories such as restoration, rehabilitation, reconstruction, contextual infill, sustainability, cultural resource studies and reports, craftsmanship and preservation technology, and archaeology and interpretive exhibits.

Earlier this year, UCSC Cowell Ranch Hay Barn was also awarded the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Award and First Place in ASHRAE Region X Technology Awards.

Congratulations to the entire project team:


Read more about all of the 2017 PDA winners here.

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