The Dalton Trumbo Fountain
Located in front of the University Memorial Center, had been dry for nearly two years due to drought and maintenance problems. The fountain, named after a CU alum filmmaker and free-speech advocate, has served as a focal point of the campus for the past four decades. Design Concepts was hired to rehabilitate the site and make the fountain plaza an active, aesthetic gathering space for students, faculty and visitors once again.
The concept for the renovation was to maintain the integrity of the original plaza design as a gathering and event space, while improving the maintainability of the fountain. Fountain improvements included replacing the existing pool of water and jets with a raised floor of decorative colored concrete pavers and 12 new flush mounted jets. The jets are programmable to shoot water skyward in various patterns and in heights of 3-10'. The water then drains through the paver joints into a subsurface drain and is re-circulated into a new mechanical system leaving no standing water. The existing steps leading down into the fountain area have been maintained as they serve as popular seating areas for plaza users throughout the year. Because the plaza is designated as a campus "free-speech area", the new fountain will also serves campus events such as speeches and rallies. When the water is turned off, the fountain floor is designed to support the weight of a group of people gathered for an event.
Budget constraints delayed the construction schedule, much to the dismay of students wanting to enjoy the plaza in the Summer of 2003. However, the Department of Facilities Management was determined to see the fountain operational again, and collected fund from departments all over campus to make this project happen.