Rapid City, SD (2021)

In this third summer of the Friends & Citizens summer studio, the student interns explored a new mixed-use concept for Downtown Rapid City. The Fairburn Building could be a gem.

Four design students – Becca Woytassek, Nate Krueger, Elsie McGuigan, and Kenzie Trujillo – spent the summer of 2021 conceptualizing a ground-up, multi-use building in Downtown Rapid City. In addition to the architectural and interior design work, the students researched the socioeconomic benefits of developing the project. They also collaborated with a talented team of marketing interns at Fresh Produce to develop a brand identity for the building that would unite advertising, wayfinding, signage and other marketing elements under one common language. The Fairburn Building was named after the state gemstone, the Fairburn Agate, which can be found in the area of the site. The varied layering of the Fairburn Agate is reflected across the building’s design.

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