University of Denver l Engineering and Computer Science Building

  • $52.2M
  • 130,000 SF
  • 2016

The School of Engineering and Computer Science is the new home for some of the burgeoning areas of education and research at the institution. In addition to diverse lab, classroom and office space, the project provides a comprehensive research and development center for students to engage real world experiences as researchers, developers, programmers, project managers and data analysts. The building includes incubator spaces that allow students to take ideas and transform them into reality, in a project-based setting. Leveraging the potential for collaboration between disciplines, the building consolidates previously scattered engineering disciplines, in a single state-of-the-art facility.

The Knoebel Center occupies the top floor, with spaces tailored to support the innovative research. Capped by a shimmering zinc and limestone dome, the building provides a major, central symposium space for scholarly presentations and celebrations. The building also offers a variety of new classroom environments under the dome, which is flanked by two simple forms that efficiently house office functions to the west and lab spaces to the east. Visitors to the building and those simply passing through are able to engage “engineering on display” on the lower floors, with views into fascinating lab and shop space, and a new café provides a gathering place.

The building takes advantage of its position as a gateway from the south end of campus, providing a convenient interior connection that links the sunny new southern courtyard with a spacious new campus green to the north.

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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