Spring Valley Campus
New and improved facilities provide the Roaring Fork Valley community with enhanced academic and extracurricular offerings, contributing to the region’s economic, social, and cultural vitality.
Spring Valley Campus, Glenwood Springs, CO
2021 Honorable Mention, AIA Colorado (Ascent Center)
Colorado Mountain College
In service of growing needs in the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado Mountain College commissioned three new projects on the Spring Valley campus. A new student services and admissions building, a fitness and recreation center, and a transformative renovation of the existing Summit Student Center all provide state-of-the-art facilities that strengthen campus offerings while building upon community partnerships.
A hub for residential and commuter students, the campus’s strong brand in outdoor leadership, nursing, veterinary technology, graphic design, photography, and theater is improved by the new facilities and resources. The Ascent Center serves as a “one stop shop” for student services and admissions, including three new classrooms, the campus store, and a coffee bar. The Fitness and Recreation Center is located at the Eastern edge of campus, adjacent to existing soccer fields. The building is an amenity to students and staff while attracting visitors for sports camps, conferences, and events. The Student Center renovations increase the building’s dining capacity and food service functions, improve student lounge spaces, and add an outdoor amphitheater.
The Ascent and Fitness Center draw upon the vernacular of local agrarian and ranching structures. Both utilize strong roof forms and metal paneling to create buildings that echo the character of agrarian building’s form. Both buildings capture and shape outdoor program spaces. The Ascent Center’s roof extends beyond the building to shelter an outdoor living room. The Fitness and Recreation Center includes a double-court gymnasium with operable hanger doors that open on to a large southern plaza where graduation ceremonies are held.
Founded 50 years ago by ranching families that donated 800 acres to create the campus, the Ascent and Fitness Center both draw upon the vernacular of local agrarian and ranching structures.