Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus | Multipurpose Building

  • $4.2M
  • 43,400 SF
  • 1992


  • 1993 Honor Award
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Denver Chapter
  • 1993 Design Award
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Colorado Chapter
  • 1994 Honor Award
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Western Mountain Region

With the addition of Bristol Hall, Colorado Mountain College took a bold step by foregoing its traditional image of mountain architecture for a more modern academic image on the hill above Steamboat Springs.

The building houses the faculty house, classrooms, library and a recreation center. It is a simple three-part expression of these functions, each barrel-vaulted section set laterally across the landscape and separated by a stairwell. The materials are simple – concrete block and a standing-seam metal roof.

The most dramatic is the classroom portion of the building. Here a screen wall has been extruded from the building’s facade, as if peeled away from the stucco. Behind the screen is a bright yellow wall that changes tones with the movement of the sun. Greenhouses and balconies are integrated within the screen framework to provide a visual counterplay with the southwest facade.

Seen from the Yampa Valley below, Bristol Hall provides a distinctive identity for Colorado Mountain College.

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3198 Speer Boulevard
Denver Colorado 80211

303 294 9448
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