University of Colorado Denver | Academic Office West Building

  • $29.2M
  • 207,000 SF
  • 2007


  • 2008 Merit Award
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Colorado Chapter

Academic Office West is an office building for UCD’s Anschutz Medical Campus, located on the Research Quadrangle that is formed with the new Research I and II Facilities.

Anderson Mason Dale fully programmed this facility, working with a multitude of University departments and various other vested interests in order to successfully serve the full needs of the University departments.

The program plan focused on balancing two key University priorities: maximum office space and ample opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction.

The project is an 8-story office building of approximately 25,000 square feet per floor. The building is organized along 2-story circulation spaces which connect occupants to the quad to the East and provide opportunities for community interaction. A glass curtain wall allows natural light to penetrate the interior of the building. The center of the building includes a mix of open and enclosed office spaces organized along fingers that link to the dramatic spine spaces

The program includes student service components for the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy. The project was delivered on time and under budget using the CM/GC process. In fact, the bulk of the state-required construction contingency was returned to the campus for project enhancements.

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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