Auraria Higher Education Center | Science Building Addition and Renovation

  • $85M
  • addition 181,346 SF
  • renovation 143,000 SF
  • 2010
  • LEED Gold


  • 2010 Gold Hard Hat Award
  • Outstanding Higher Education/Research Project
  • Colorado Construction magazine

The Auraria Higher Education Center houses three separate and distinct institutions, making Auraria a unique and positive experience for students, faculty, and staff of the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the Community College of Denver.

There was both a shortage of space to house the existing Science programs and a lack in the building support systems to meet the changing and additional needs of these academic units. AMD worked closely with each of the 14 departments to address particular needs in the renovation of the existing Science Building and its extensive additions, while providing a new urban face along Speer Boulevard.

Perhaps the greatest accomplishment was successfully leading three distinct institutions through the program planning effort to develop a consensus vision for the use of shared resources at this unique campus. In addition to the challenges of working on a highly visible, physically constrained site with an aggressive budget, the project utilized a fast-track delivery method.

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