University of Iowa

Boone County - High Trestle Trail Information Center Engineering & Design

As part of the Senior Design Capstone Course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students provided a design for a information building/shelter at Grant’s Woods located just north of the High Trestle Trail trailhead, site improvements, and related cost estimates.

University of Iowa students were tasked with completing preliminary design work for the High Trestle Trail Information Center requested by the Boone County Conservation Board. The project included the design of a small but unique partially enclosed shelter. The shelter will provide a space for information to be displayed and amenities for trail users such as a bottle filling station, bike rack, and bike repair station. In addition, the 25 ft. by 47 ft. information center will provide shelter to trail users, and educational space. The 20 ft. by 10 ft. enclosed portion of the information center creates a space for trail users to learn more about the rich history of Boone County and the High Trestle Trail.

The information center will be located at the Grant’s Woods trailhead in Madrid, Iowa. The High Trestle Trail information center project consisted of design alternatives for the building configuration, foundation, site location and parking lot.