University of Colorado Denver | Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes

  • $23M
  • 114,700 SF
  • 2005


  • 2005 Merit Award
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Denver Chapter
  • 2005 Gold Hard Hat Awards
  • Outstanding Overall Project and
  • Outstanding Healthcare Project
  • Colorado Construction Magazine

The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes on the Anschutz Medical Campus reflects the two key aspects of the Center’s mission – clinical care and advanced diabetes research. Perhaps most importantly, the new building was designed with an emphasis on the children, young adults and families who are served by it.

The new Center sits on a location of great significance formally and symbolically at the heart of the Anschutz Medical Campus. The emphasis on children served by the Center was a central theme throughout the design process. The design team was charged with creating an architectural form that speaks to children, yet is consistent with the entire campus.

The Center itself is a four-story building with clinical space on the first two levels and research laboratories on the upper two levels. The new clinic is entered from a long, daylight-filled, two-story gallery along the eastern side of the building. Natural materials and earth-tones have been chosen to make the experience of families coming to the clinic as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

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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