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Office of Institutional Planning

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University of Colorado Denver Campus 2014 Facilities Master Plan

In the spring of 2014, the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) kicked off its first Facilities Master Plan for the Denver Campus.  As one of the three institutions functioning within the Auraria Campus, CU Denver has previously been included in all Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) master planning efforts, and the university has periodically prepared Neighborhood Plans for the Denver Campus areas within AHEC and the adjacent downtown district.  Times change and CU Denver has expanded to an increasingly prominent presence in downtown Denver.  In the past 40 years, CU Denver has become an urban research university of choice that attracts a vibrant diverse community of faculty, students and staff.  In recognition of its distinct and expanding role within the city, region and CU system, it is appropriate that CU Denver undertake its first Facilities Master Plan, which will help the university align its physical environment with its strategic planning over the next decade. 

To convey CU Denver's future needs, the Office of Institutional Planning will examine the institution as one university that operates within three precincts: its neighborhood within AHEC; AHEC facilities used by CU Denver outside its neighborhood; and its area of interest east of Speer Boulevard within Denver's Central Business District (CBD).  While the study will conform to Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) planning guidelines, the findings and recommendations will be determined by campus leadership, students, faculty, and staff through a highly engaged process.

To learn more about past planning efforts impacting the 2014 Facilities Master Plan, see the 2007 AHEC Campus Master Plan Update, 2009 CU Denver Micro Master Plan, the 2012 AHEC Auraria Campus Strategic Implementation Plan, and the 2012 AHEC Master Plan Update at left using the 2014 Facilities Master Plan Materials link.  Project updates and public forum information will also be available on this webpage as the master plan progresses.  Check back often!


Have comments on the campus or master plan? Couldn't make a public forum? Check out the Office of Institutional Planning's blog. We will post key issues and updated project graphics throughout the process.  We welcome your input. 

Student Commons

The Student Commons building, open in August of 2014, includes 146,000 gross square feet at the corner of Speer Boulevard and Larimer Street. The project also included the renovation of a variety of vacated spaces on campus. This is currently underway. The total project budget was $65.8M. Student Commons is the first building on the Auraria Campus owned by the University of Colorado Denver, and houses many of the student service operations and several departments from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It also includes several large lecture halls and a Qdoba.

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