University of Colorado Boulder | Cristol Chemistry Addition and Renovation

  • $3.4M
  • 29,000 SF
  • 1990


  • 1990 Honor Award
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Denver Chapter
  • 1991 Historic Preservation Award
  • Historic Boulder

The Chemistry additions house the nationally recognized Biochemistry Department, headed by Nobel Laureate Dr. Thomas Cech, in a facility which carefully fits into a complex and limited site on the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus.

The programmatic requirements consisted of classrooms, research laboratories, offices, and an auditorium-type lecture hall for 180 people. In addition, the Department required a crystallography lab with associated support facilities, darkrooms and a computer area.

The architectural character was established by a rich variety of surrounding buildings and the campus vernacular.

By using the predominant materials of the context and echoing its rhythms and proportions, the building achieves a meaningful harmony with the adjacent buildings while asserting a strong presence on the public space as deserved by the excellence of the research program.

The phased projects included the complex renovations of existing laboratory spaces to met the current requirements of laboratory and research space. This project also included complete upgrades of the life safety systems.

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