Construction Zone: Expansion blends with campus

July 1, 2008
University of Colorado, Boulder

The University of Colorado, Boulder, recently added 65,000 square feet and renovated 100,000 square feet of space in the Koelbel Building at the Leeds School of Business. The project totaled $38 million.

The expansion serves as the new public entrance to the building and features many classical elements such as a domed cupola and a colonnaded entry porch. The design was planned carefully to blend into the campus' Tuscan Vernacular style, which features rough-hewn stone exterior walls, limestone, trim accents and Mission-style, multi-hued tile roofs.

The university added new classrooms outfitted with the latest technology, team study rooms, a business conference center, new offices for business research, program administration offices, expanded common spaces and a two-story library with an information commons — a coffeehouse-style space with lounge furniture, computers, e-mail stations and a coffee bar.

The project is pursuing LEED gold certification.

The architect of record is Davis Partnership Architects (Denver). The design architect is ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge (Cambridge, Mass.).

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