University of Colorado Denver Campus 2014 Facilities Master Plan
In the spring of 2014, the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) will kick-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!
Academic Building 1
The Academic Building 1 project includes construction of a new, 146,000 gross square foot building at Speer Boulevard and Larimer Street, and the renovation of a variety of vacated spaces on campus. The total project budget is $65.8M. The new building will be the first on the Auraria Campus owned by the University of Colorado Denver, and will house many of the student service operations and several departments from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It also includes several large lecture halls. The new building will be open for the fall 2014 semester.