Colorado School of Mines | Marquez Hall School of Petroleum Engineering

  • $27M
  • 75,000 SF
  • 2012
  • in association
  • with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • LEED Silver


2013 Citation Award
for Built Architecture
American Institute of Architects Colorado

Colorado School of Mines is a public research university devoted to engineering and applied science. The Petroleum Engineering Department is among the highest ranked, best recognized and most respected such program in the world.

A key objective for this project was to use the building as a recruiting tool for future students as well as a means to introduce non-majors into the world of petroleum engineering. Science galleries, demonstration laboratories, and transparent simulation labs became integral building components in all of the major public areas. Students are able expand their exposure to engineering by engaging these programs as they move through the building.

Two special laboratories were designed within the building: the Drilling Simulation Lab supports special equipment and technology that analyzes ’cause and effect’ drilling activities, while the Visualization Lab provides a 3-D theatre setting to display underground environments and geological structures. These labs are fitted with technology and raised floors to provide flexibility in their evolving programs over time. Located adjacent to the building’s public lobby, they are intended to ‘be on display’ to convey the essence of the school’s mission.


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