Aims Community College Windsor Campus l Public Safety Institute

  • $17.9M
  • 52,850SF

The concept for the building on the new campus evolved from an investigation of program and context, and their interplay. In a rural district of Windsor, the site is characterized by a strong horizontality– farmland in the foreground and the Front Range in the background. The parti for the master plan was built on the notion of a pedestrian spine that links the three phases of development, realized as a ‘green thread’ that weaves between the existing native landscape and connects new outdoor places and buildings, utilizing the site slope to depress parking below the eastern footprint to allow unobstructed views. A major outdoor green space, the oval, was introduced as an element to center the built projects and provide a meaningful outdoor place within the site.

The building is organized around two components– the high bay vocational space and the administration and classroom wing. These components are joined by a public space that serves as a new front door to the campus. The basic organizational diagram is punctuated by a series of figures that animate the massing and plan. A café, a fire science pavilion, training tower and the observation tower give the building strong vertical gestures that contrast with the strong horizontal impression of the site. The high bay space is a utilitarian structure characterized by simple massing and an abundance of natural light via a grid of solar tubes. The ‘L’ shape classroom wing is slightly canted to respond to the existing building, while opening up the lobby to the east.

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Denver Colorado 80211

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