Colorado Northwestern Community College | Academic Services

  • $17M
  • 68,000 SF
  • 2011
  • LEED Gold

This multipurpose facility with academic classrooms and labs, faculty offices, student services and library, serves as the primary building for the College and establishes the architectural vocabulary for the new campus.

Placed along a ridge on the site, the building creates the primary presence for the campus, forming an edge of the future campus quadrangle and creating a portal to the prairie hillside. An offset in the topography is telegraphed in the building footprint, with offset classroom wings structuring the configuration of the primary public space of the building that will serve as a hub for student life on campus.

Active programs are positioned along the public space as a way of promoting community within the building. Two story spaces interconnect the levels and allow for natural light and views to animate this social hub. This public space weaves through the building and visually and physically connects the future quadrangle to the north and the prairie hillside to the south.

The library and media center occupies a central location within the building and interconnects with a two-story public space that forms a social hub within the building. Located on the second floor, the library captures views out to valley while establishing a presence on the hillside from the city below.

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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