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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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