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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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
  • John D. Anderson, FAIA
  • Curt F. Dale, FAIA
  • 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