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Office of Student Life


While many students nationwide make their universities their home, the students of CU Denver need a home away from home. A place where they can study, connect with others, learn, eat exercise, recreate, build community and develop their identities. 

The building encapsulates six dimensions of wellness: intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, and creative. These dimensions provide the flexible space to enhance the culture of diversity and integration of CU Denver students, engaging a bustling student body in a university culture specific to CU Denver in the midst of the Auraria Campus.

As a project rooted in resolving student needs, the students will always be at the forefront of programmatic development and practice.

The Wellness Center is on track to open at the beginning of spring semester in 2018. Check out the information below to learn more about the project, the building, and the programs it will house.​​​​​​​​​​


Total Building Square Footage: 85,000 sqft

Building Feasibility Study: Download​

Project Timeline:

Spring 2013: Feasibility study is funded by University leadership

Fall 2014: Surveying and focus groups lead to a program plan

April 15th, 2015: 20.4% of students vote​ to approve the Wellness Center Project

April 17th, 2015: Regents approve the Wellness Center Project 7-2

June 2015: SmithroupJJR and AndersonMasonDale Architects are selected

July 2015: Schematic Design and Design Development begins

July 2016: Construction begins

September 22nd, 2016: Groundbreaking

January 2018: The Wellness Center opens ​​


The Wellness Center is home to many programs and activities that enable students to achieve wellness:

The Commuter Lounge:

· Student Kitchen

· Coffee Vendor

· Wellness Info Desk

· Day Lockers

· Small Group Room

· Large Group Room

· Reflection Room

· Game Room

· Lounge Seating

· Super Technology

The Wellness Suite:

· Fitness Assessment & Testing Lab

· Seminar Room

· Consultation Rooms

· Acupuncture/Massage Studio

· Reflection Room

The Gym:

· Two Court Gymnasium

· Single Court Multi Activity Court

· 10,000 sqft of Cardio & Weight Space

· 2 Group Fitness Rooms

· 6 Lane Lap Pool

· Sauna and Whirlpool

· Gender-Inclusive and Traditional Locker Rooms

The Outdoors:

· Four-Story Rock Wall

· Outdoor Pursuits

· Bike Repair Shop

· Rock Climbing Wall

· Roof Terrace​


A student fee of $6.00 per credit hour is charged to each student enrolled in at least one on-campus course at CU Denver. The maximum number of credit hours the fee is charged to is 15 credit hours.

In Fall 2017, the student fee will bump up to $12.00 per credit hour.

Non-students may purchase memberships at a higher price than that which students pay. This includes:

· CU Denver Faculty, Staff, and Alumni

· Auraria Students, Faculty, and Staff

· ​CU Denver Family

Day Passes may also be available.​


View from Blake Street​​


 Aerial View​​

Floor 1​​

Floor 2​​

Floor 3​​

Commuter Lounge​​



View from Speer​​





Contact In​fo:​

Room: Tivoli 303

Mailing Address
Office of Student Life
Campus Box 83
900 Auraria Parkway, Room #303
P.O. Box 1713364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Phone: 303-556-3399
Fax: 303-556-3695

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Gifts & Support:​​

The Wellness Center welcomes gifts to help lower the fee issued to all students. If you are interested in giving to the project, or to explore exclusive naming opportunities, please contact:

Julie DeWoody, Director of Development

Phone: 303-315-0037