Metropolitan State University of Denver | AES Building

115,000 SF

The AES Building provides a state-of-the-art home for the University’s industrial design, engineering, and computer sciences programs. The facility also houses the advanced manufacturing initiative robotics hall to showcase this work and a space operations lab for simulating the control of spacecraft.

Located on an urban campus gateway site, the facility is a series of program ‘bars’ of similar function (workshop/lab, classroom/support, faculty offices) organized in an efficient, flexible mass, with public gathering and focal program areas located on the prominent western and southern campus edges of the site. The western façade captures extraordinary views of Colorado’s Front Range from a series of student study, small group and public gathering spaces.

Along the southern, pedestrian-oriented campus edge of the site, the building mass is lower, with a long gallery pavilion which houses the advanced manufacturing and robotics hall. A gallery showcasing student work opens this space to the outside, where pedestrian activity is most concentrated on the campus. AES expands the MSU Denver “neighborhood” on the Auraria campus in form, program area and architectural palette of materials. It utilizes the darker ironspot masonry of recent projects, complemented by a light colored limestone along the pedestrian edges. The facades incorporate a machined aluminum curtain wall and metal paneling evocative of the advanced manufacturing processes housed within.

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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.

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