Re-thinking the Rational Factory

Silence Around Me | Patsy Fox | First Prize 2018 Watertower Place Photography Competition: From Sunrise to Sunset

The New Rational Factory

The Rational Factory is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. More specifically, the mission of the Rational Factory is to create a vision for the redevelopment of the historic Nuckolls Packing Company building by partnering arts and engineering as catalysts for change. We are focused on creating a sustainable, healthy space for innovation to help cultivate Pueblo's entrepreneurial community.

Board of Directors Representing

  • Engineering

  • Art

  • Education

  • Library

  • Archives

  • Manufacturing

  • Wellness

  • Lifestyle

  • Food

  • Business

  • Politics

  • Historic Preservation

Tag by Joey Sciumbato | Second Prize | 2018 Watertower Place Photography Competition: From Sunrise to Sunset

Tag by Joey Sciumbato | Second Prize | 2018 Watertower Place Photography Competition: From Sunrise to Sunset


Re-Urbanism: National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Ten Principles of Re-urbanism

  • Cities are only successful when they work for everyone. People are at the center of our work. Preservation projects can create opportunities for community residents at all income levels to live, work, and play in a diverse and thriving environment.

  • Older places provide the distinctiveness and character that engender success. Older buildings give cities a sense of identity, history, and authenticity—which is the most important competitive advantage they can have in today’s economy.

  • Older neighborhoods are economic engines. Research shows that neighborhoods with a mix of older and newer buildings perform better along a number of social, economic, cultural, and environmental metrics than areas with only new buildings.

  • New ideas, and the New Economy, thrive in older buildings. All over America, the most innovative companies of the 21st century are choosing to make their homes in older buildings. These buildings fuel creativity by being distinctive, character rich, endlessly adaptable, and often low cost.

  • Preservation is adaptive reuse. Adaptive reuse is preservation. Historic preservation is not just about keeping old buildings around. It is about keeping them alive, in active use, and relevant to the needs of the people who surround them.

  • Preservation is about managing change. Healthy, dynamic neighborhoods are always in the process of change. Historic preservation is about managing change: unleashing the enormous potential of older buildings to improve health, affordability, prosperity, and well-being.

  • Cities are for people, not vehicles. Reclaiming city streets and making them more amenable to pedestrian and mass transit use can help neighborhoods reacquire activity and thrive once more.

  • The greenest building is the one that’s already built. It takes energy to construct a new building—it saves energy to preserve an old one. It simply does not make sense to recycle cans and newspapers and not recycle buildings.

  • There are many ways to achieve density. Areas with a mix of older and newer fabric tend to be denser than new-only neighborhoods, and they achieve that density at a human scale.

  • Every community has stories and places that matter. The places worth saving are those where communities choose to come together and that represent the local stories they treasure and wish to see preserved.

Building a Vital Community

OUR Philosophy

A vital community must be aware of its power, its limits, and its responsibility to the welfare of individuals both in the present and in the future. A healthy community is aware of the symbiotic nature of all life forms within the bio-region. And a self-sustaining community is committed first of all to the creation and maintenance of the means of production of essential life-supporting commodities.

Progress does not require expansion only movement toward a goal. If the goal is health and stability then cooperation and planning are required. Now is the time for commitment to creative possibility.

The potential here is to awaken the awareness, the desire, and the creative energy that lies within all individuals and enables them to contribute toward a viable and a dynamic community. To establish the principles by which society may ensure  the well-being of its physical environment. To promote the identity and the concern from which the spiritual and emotional needs of individuals are satisfied. To evoke the intellectual curiosity that furthers human understanding and to provide a forum for the sharing of ideas and artistic expression.

Steve Ranes | Pueblo Colorado USA

The Sanctuary by Randi Addinton | Third Prize | 2018 Watertower Place Photography Competition: From Sunrise to Sunset

The Sanctuary by Randi Addinton | Third Prize | 2018 Watertower Place Photography Competition: From Sunrise to Sunset

Steve Ranes


Steve was a true Renaissance man. He had the vision to see the artistic or functional potential in the tiniest piece of material, believing that every object was created for a purpose. His talents encompassed many artistic mediums: architecture, painting, sculpture, gardening and music, and he readily shared these with everyone he met. When viewing another’s artwork, Steve was a masterful interpreter of art, providing insightful and heartfelt feedback, helping the artist to understand the expansive qualities of their artistic gestures. Steve was compassionate, sharing and a good friend.