Colorado School of Mines | Brown Hall Addition and Renovation

  • $25M
  • addition 78,000 SF
  • renovation 20,000 SF
  • 2011
  • LEED Gold


  • 2012 Merit Award
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Colorado Chapter
  • 2012 People’s Choice Award
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Denver Chapter

Brown Hall at Colorado School of Mines is an addition and renovation housing the school’s Engineering Division. The Engineering programs at School of Mines have a particular focus on hands-on project-based learning. To support this, the project includes shops for building physical prototypes, computer labs for testing digital models, conversation nooks and galleries for encouraging discourse, and presentation spaces for presenting solutions to fellow students. The project also includes research lab space, classrooms, offices and a significant site component transforming two city blocks of street into pedestrian promenade.

The original Brown Hall was an inward-focused building that belied little of the exciting work occurring within its walls. A key concept for the addition and renovation was to make science visible.

To this end, laboratories have transparent walls against the pedestrian promenade. Robotics and Energy Conversion labs, designated as “showcase” labs by the Division, display robot and engine experiments. And the entire ground floor of the addition is configured with extensive glass and sliding doors so that the activity within the building can blend with the activity occurring on the adjacent promenade.

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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.

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