The new Science Building addition will be located on the eastern edge of the existing Science Building site located off Speer Boulevard on the Auraria Campus. The new four story structure will sit next to Speer Boulevard, orienting the building directly to the City to the east, and to spectacular mountain views to the west. The building addition will consist of 197,000 square feet. Design of the new building has been done with an emphasis on sustainability, and the campus will be pursuing LEED certification.
The existing Science Building (142,000 square feet) is a three story structure that will also be renovated. The addition and renovation will consolidate and add new offices, classrooms, teaching and research labs for Biology, Chemistry, Anthropology, Earth Sciences, and Math & Computer Sciences as well as teaching and research labs for the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado Denver. Much needed improvements will also be done to the HVAC systems of the existing building.
The addition and renovated Science Building will form a more refined green space adjacent to the campus entry. The Lawrence Way intersection with Speer Boulevard, immediately south of the North Classroom Building, is the historic primary entrance/exit to and from campus. It is the primary place where the campus and city connect.
These three elevations are based on the design development drawings as of November 2007. The NW Rendering shows the campus side of the building. The South Rendering shows one of the main entrance areas to the new building along the Arapahoe Street alignment at Speer. The Speer Rendering shows the façade of the building addition facing Downtown Denver. This building brings the campus closer to Speer Boulevard and provides increased transparency and pedestrian friendliness for those moving along Speer. It also allows the larger community to see inside the building and have a better understanding of the work taking place inside.