Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig Campus

A campus master-planned and developed to directly respond to its site and community.

Career Technical Center: 15,000 SF
Automotive Technology: 4,000 SF
Academic Building: 68,000 SF


Craig, CO


Colorado Northwestern Community College

The 100-acre campus for Colorado Northwestern Community College Campus in Craig, Colorado sits on a high plateau along the Western slope of the Rockies. AMD developed a master plan for the campus, identifying the best use of the site’s topography while defining opportunities to engage community institutions. The design of the site and three buildings, a Career Technical Center, Automotive Technology Center, and Academic/Library/Student Services Building support the institution’s mission to be an accessible, visible asset to the region.

The Career Technical Center provides classrooms, faculty offices, lounge spaces and a learn/work retail environment for Cosmetology and Massage Therapy. High bay spaces are provided for Mine Training, Industrial Electrician and Power Plant programs. The Automotive Technology Center is a high-bay, clear-span structure that provides flexibility for the Auto Tech program’s inventory of lifts, alignment racks and kits to be arranged to support various instructional activities.

The Academic/Library/Student Services Building is a multipurpose facility with academic classrooms and labs, faculty offices, student services and library. The flagship building anchors the campus while creating a foundational context for future development, defining an architectural vocabulary for the emerging Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus while providing students and faculty with spaces to learn, gather, and work.

Placed along a ridge on the site, the building creates the primary presence for the campus, forming an edge of the future campus quadrangle and creating a portal to the prairie hillside.

Forming a bookend for the future campus quadrangle, the Career Technical Center is modest in building plan and exterior skin aesthetic. A palette of metal wall siding and exposed, textured concrete create a contemporary, light-industrial image.

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