Perry-Mansfield, located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains was founded in 1914 and is the longest running performing arts camp in the United States. The camp which is located just outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, has a total of 70 buildings and structures scattered about on its 73 acres. Because they operate as a non-profit organization they have only been able to do upgrades and repairs as funds allow. In 1995, Perry-Mansfield was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places and soon became a State of Colorado Historical Fund Project. The preservation, rehabilitation, and renovation of the camp has been an ongoing project for the last eighteen years.
Tyke's family relationship with the Perry-Mansfield School of Performing Arts spans three generations and over 90 years; likely beginning when Portia and Charlotte first established the camp in 1914. Tykes grandfather Joel Anderson along with his Uncle Ronald Anderson did the original masonry and stonework on the Julie Harris Theater as well as several of the other cabins and camp facilities. During the construction of the Julie Harris Theater the ladies encountered some serious structural problems with the roofs lack of stability due to a flawed design. It was Tyke's father, Woolsey Lloyd Pierce and his company W.L. Pierce Construction who stepped in and saved the project. He designed a way to ensure that the roof would not collapse under the heavy snow loads and finished the theater so that the "show could go on". This first job resulted in a warm and long lasting business relationship between Lloyd and the founding ladies of the Perry-Mansfield Camp. When Tyke took over his father's company he seamlessly continued to foster this business relationship that his forefathers had established. When Perry-Mansfield received their funding from the State Historical Society, Tyke was also rewarded with years of ongoing work. In 2004,Tyke Pierce Construction was awarded the first of many individual contracts and began the exterior restoration and structural repair to the "Cabeen". This project was consecutively followed by: phase I and II of the Main Lodge, the Foothills Cabin, the Glen Dormitory, the Three Trees Cabin, the new CanCan restroom facility, a new stage at the Julie Harris Theater, remodel and addition to the camp offices at Amy's Place, Main Studio restoration phase I and II, the Sage Brush Cabin and many other miscellaneous repair and maintenance jobs.
"I Love working out there. It is one piece of this valley's heritage that is still operating according to its original purpose, and I am proud to play a part in keeping it going. I hope it lasts another hundred years!"