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Auraria Campus Construction Communication

This page is dedicated to providing information regarding ongoing construction efforts on the Auraria Campus. This page will be updated as often as needed. Please refer to the associated web links for more detailed information on each project listed.

Cottonwood and Birch Lots Remain Accessible
January 13, 2012

Due to construction activities requiring the closure of Old Colfax Avenue, access to the Cottonwood and Birch parking lots will be re-routed during the opening week of the spring semester.

Old Colfax will remain closed between 5th Street and Cottonwood during the week of January 16th as RTD contractors continue to make storm sewer improvements.  Access to the Auraria Campus' Cottonwood and Birch Lots will be possible using one of the following routes:

  1. From Colfax Avenue, turn right on Osage Street.  Go to 13th Avenue and turn right.  Make a right on Shoshone Street and follow that road to the parking lots.

  2. From Campus, take 5th St and turn left on Old Colfax Avenue. Follow Old Colfax as it curves to the right and turns in to Rio Court.  Go to 13th Avenue and turn right.  Make a right on Shoshone and follow that road to the parking lots.

Pedestrians can walk through the Birch Lot and use the stairs to access 5th Street and the rest of the Auraria Campus.

Please click the link below to access a helpful area graphic.


For more information on campus parking and to access the campus parking map, please visit the Parking & Transportation web page at

Student Success Building
May 16 - July 22, 2011

Relocation of site perimeter fences into the Tivoli Lot and around landscape area adjacent to 9th Street.
Demolition and reconstruction of these areas include grading, utility work, hardscaping and landscaping. Removal of 15 trees to be replaced by 48 trees as part of the finish plan to be completed by fall of 2011. The sidewalk will be closed on the west side of 9th Street from Larimer St. to Walnut Street.

Metro State Hotel Hospitality Learning Center
Feb. 28 - Sep. 2011

Parking Lot R Size Reduction
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Electrical & Telecommunications Duct Work

UPDATE: July 14, 2011

June 27 - Dec. 31, 2011

On Monday, June 27, 2011, AHEC Facilities Management will begin work on an electrical and telecommunications duct bank project that will extend those services to the two new Metro State Buildings and pave the way for future development on the Auraria Campus. This project will occur in two phases:  Phase I will take place between the Arts Building and the TAPS Parking Structure and is scheduled to be completed by the end of August, 2011. Phase II will take place between the TAPS Parking Structure and the New Metro State Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center and is scheduled to be complete by the end of December, 2011.

Included with this project will be the closure of 9th Street from Auraria Parkway from Friday, July 1, until Sunday, July 10, 2011. Deliveries to the Tivoli Student Union will continue via the delivery route, however trucks will be directed by construction personnel to maneuver into the Student Success Building construction site in order to reverse their route and exit the campus.  The TAPS parking garage will close during this work. Hourly/visitor parking will be accommodated in the Tivoli parking lot and the PTC garage. Other than 9th Street (July 1 – July 10), this project will not require any other street closures, however occasional restrictions may be in place.  Project and construction personnel will be in place to provide assistance for vehicular traffic.

Click here for area map:   PROJECT MAP

The project will include creating a construction encased duct bank that will be about 6-ft wide at varying depths in order to go over and under existing utilities.  Demolition of sufficient sidewalk or paving is necessary in order to accomplish this work.  In addition, numerous trees will need to be removed.  Unfortunately all the ash trees along this corridor have been invaded by ash borers that have become imbedded into the trees leaving them in a weakened state.  A certified Arborist has confirmed that the trees will not survive the disruption that the construction will cause.  New trees will be planted where trees need to be removed.

Signage and personnel will be in place throughout this project to help ensure vehicle and pedestrian traffic safety.  Additional campus notifications will be provided as necessary.

Question regarding this project can be directed to Doug McLean, Facilities Operations Manager with AHEC Facilities Management at, or Jill Jennings Golich, Campus Planner at

RTD West Corridor Construction
Dec. 2010 - 2012

RTD West Corridor Light Rail Construction Project
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Student Success Building
Dec. 2010 - April 2012
Construction of Metro State's Student Success Building
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