New Buildings Welcome Students Back To University Of Denver Campus 


As students go back to a complete, in-person campus experience at the University of Denver’s (DU) campus, most are entering an accumulation of three new buildings for the very first time.

“Our university developed a significant campus masterplan in 2016 beneath the leadership of my predecessor Dr. Rebecca Chopp, the Denver Advantage plan, and immediately embarked on building many of the main element recommended facilities which were envisioned for the reason that plan,” said Dr. Jeremy Haefner, Chancellor at the University of Denver. “What no-one envisioned, though, was these pivotal new campus buildings would open amidst a worldwide pandemic, a time where our campus was operating under very restricted in-person learning capacity and experiences limitations. We have been thrilled to finally see these buildings arrived at their fullest fruition in the tactile hands of our students, faculty, and staff this semester.”

From left to right: The University of Denver’s new Community Commons, Dimond Family Residential Village, and Burwell Career Center buildings.

With the Fall 2021 semester kicking off this week, these new buildings are welcoming all right into a new finally, and engaging, DU campus experience. A fresh community commons building, year students a fresh residence hall for first, and a fresh career center are located next to the University’s Campus Green centrally, each opening for occupancy during the last several months.

All three architectural projects were designed as elements of a unified whole, transforming the core of the campus. Designed within an integrated collaboration with DU’s Office of the University Architect, whose leadership and vision because of this major campus advancement was established through the 2016 masterplan project conducted with Ayers Saint Gross .

The buildings were realized through oversight by DU’s Office of Facilities Management & Planning and visioning through DU’s Division of Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence, Division of Career & Professional Development and DU Advancement.

Tying the brand new projects into a built-in campus experience within the campus core was Didier Design Studio , a Colorado-based landscape architecture practice.

The buildings include:

Community Commons

    • University Architect: Jane Loefgren
    • Design Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell
    • Executive Architect: Anderson Mason Dale

The University of Denver’s new Community Commons welcomes an extremely diverse student community and brings a crucial mass of students and resources to the biggest market of campus-a main aim of the University’s Strategic Plan. The project funnels and mixes students capturing movement to and from the brand new first-year housing with a number of forms of spaces for students, faculty, visitors and staff to dine, meet, socialize, study, and utilize supportive services. Food services are situated near commercial establishments in the centre of the Commons to unite the complete community and the building creates opportunities for the sustained encounters between people who are the building blocks for meaningful relationships and student success.

Intentional student engagement by way of a highly participatory process revealed evolving priorities that informed the look. Responsive planning carries a central canyon-like space whose north-facing clerestory provides equitable usage of daylight; social stair across the flow path; adaptable loft-like spaces easily; and operable windows, individual controls, and outdoor terraces that hook up to nature and enrich social interactions. High-performance building systems decrease the energy usage of the Commons by 49% against baseline.

Dimond Family Residential Village

    • University Architect: Mark Rodgers
    • Design Architect: Anderson Mason Dale
    • Collaborating Architect:   Moore Ruble Yudell

The Dimond Family Residential Village was made as a reply to the University of Denver’s vision for a far more inclusive campus environment that embraces first-generation students, cultivating retention because they build bonds to the University community. The building includes 501 beds earmarked for freshmen, alongside campus-serving programs such as for example campus and honors residential life. The building was created around nested scales of community, organized into identifiable cohorts that allow students to create relationships and a feeling of belonging gradually. The project creates social connections whenever we can, from interior “porches” at room entries, to common areas supporting each pod, to a communal bridge gathering space framing a task courtyard   year class of just one 1 made to accommodate gatherings of the entire University first,450 students. The building is on target for LEED Gold Certification.

Burwell Career Center

Situated at an integral nexus between your campus’s traditional core and its own growing urban edge, the brand new 23,000-square-foot Burwell Center for Career Achievement will be a campus hub centered on student career development, employer engagement and alumni activities. A tower stair serves as a beacon and an executive lounge provides views to the campus, the adjacent city core, and the nearby Rocky Mountains. Designed as a LEED Platinum building, the guts is expected to use 70% less energy than comparable university buildings and was built employing a sustainably harvested mass timber structure, the initial at the University of Denver.

These campus facilities were prioritized from those recommended within the campus masterplan to create timely answers to critical issues within the global advanced schooling field. From inclusiveness and diversity to student retention and environmental responsibility, each new facility could have a significant effect on the student’s experience at DU and the campus community environment itself.

All three of the brand new University of Denver buildings were envisioned as part of the university’s Denver Advantage Plan, a framework plan and multiphase construction effort made to fuel the collaborative relationships which can help students succeed.

“Our work in creating an inspired, human-centric built environment is teaching another generation how exactly to reshape the global world with thoughtfulness, grace, and artistry,” said Mo Lotif, Owner’s Representative, Office of the Vice Chancellor at the University of Denver. “We have been grateful to have caused such a strong collection of design talent to create these important new facilities alive for the advantage of our students.”

Through selecting award-winning architecture practices to create these new facilities, DU seized the chance to raise the campus experience because of its increasingly diverse population. Didier Design Studio led the landscape design for several three projects and Ayers Saint Gross developed the 2016 Denver Advantage campus master plan.

THE CITY Commons project and the Dimond Family Residential Village were built by Saunders Construction, and the Burwell Career Center was built by PCL Construction; both Denver-based construction companies.

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