MSU Denver | Aerospace & Engineering Sciences Building

115,000 SF

2020 Award of Distinction, Sustainability
American Institute of Architects Colorado Chapter
2018 Laboratory of the Year Special Mention
R&D Magazine and Lab Design
2018 Downtown Denver Award
Downtown Denver Partnership


The AES Building provides a state-of-the-art home for the University’s industrial design, engineering, and computer sciences programs. The facility also houses the advanced manufacturing initiative robotics hall to showcase this work and a space operations lab for simulating the control of spacecraft.

Located on an urban campus gateway site, the facility is a series of program ‘bars’ of similar function (workshop/lab, classroom/support, faculty offices) organized in an efficient, flexible mass, with public gathering and focal program areas located on the prominent western and southern campus edges of the site. The western façade captures extraordinary views of Colorado’s Front Range from a series of student study, small group and public gathering spaces.

Along the southern, pedestrian-oriented campus edge of the site, the building mass is lower, with a long gallery pavilion which houses the advanced manufacturing and robotics hall. A gallery showcasing student work opens this space to the outside, where pedestrian activity is most concentrated on the campus. AES expands the MSU Denver “neighborhood” on the Auraria campus in form, program area and architectural palette of materials. It utilizes the darker ironspot masonry of recent projects, complemented by a light colored limestone along the pedestrian edges. The facades incorporate a machined aluminum curtain wall and metal paneling evocative of the advanced manufacturing processes housed within.

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3198 Speer Boulevard
Denver Colorado 80211

303 294 9448
fax 303 294 0762