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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3198 Speer Boulevard
Denver Colorado 80211

303 294 9448
fax 303 294 0762

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About AMD

We are a 50-person architectural firm located in Denver, Colorado. For over 40 years we have provided a full range of services including the planning, programming, and design of buildings for colleges, universities, schools, libraries, justice facilities, office buildings, cultural venues, and housing. We have twice been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award “a distinguished body of work” and numerous local, regional and national design awards.

We believe architecture has the power to heighten human well-being and illuminate our cultural values. We are driven by a standard of excellence which provides the highest level of ethics and professionalism to our clients. We embrace thoughtful and responsible design in all aspects of our lives and we constantly strive to create buildings of architectural significance and responsibility.

Our work is developed within a collaborative atmosphere which cultivates research, analysis, and deliberation into judicious decision-making at all levels. Vigorous exploration of client goals is coupled with a detailed examination of their functional needs. This understanding is artfully transformed into three-dimensional space which inspires the daily life within the building. Physical patterns and the cultural fabric of each place are carefully studied to appropriately respond to each site’s unique physical and social context. Materials and systems are selected which respect and sustain our planet and the thoughtful expression of building craft and technology are economically integrated to bring the defining statement of character and identity for each of our clients.

AMD Staff
  • Paul S. Haack, AIA
  • Andrew G. Nielsen, FAIA
  • David C. Pfeifer, AIA
  • Joey Carrasquillo, AIA
  • John D. Graham, AIA
  • Ronald L. Mason, FAIA
    Emeritus
  • John D. Anderson, FAIA
    1926-2017
  • Curt F. Dale, FAIA
    1945-2003
  • Cathy Bellem, AIA
  • Ben Blanchard, AIA
  • John Everin, AIA
  • Erin Hillhouse, AIA
  • David E. Houston, AIA
  • Suzanne Dupée Minear, AIA
  • Kristin O’Connell, Assoc AIA
  • Cynthia Ottenbrite, AIA
  • James R. Taylor, AIA
  • Dan Bishop, AIA
  • Stephan Hall, AIA
  • Peter Koehler, AIA
  • Ryan Lutz, AIA
  • Jenna Michieli, AIA
  • Michael Stesney, AIA
  • Todd Swarts, AIA
  • Kristina Winn, AIA
  • Julie Zurakowski, AIA