May 6, 2014—The University of Denver today broke ground for the construction of the new facility that will house the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Knoebel Center for the Study of Aging. Construction on the building is estimated to take 18-24 months to complete.
University officials unveiled the new building as part of a broader announcement regarding its intent to expand interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) offerings. This facility will provide ideal space for increased collaboration among complementary programs, creating a hub for interdisciplinary research and scholarship. It also will serve as an anchor for STEM-related disciplines on the southern portion of campus.
Incorporating an open design, the approximately 130,000-square-foot facility building will provide vastly expanded research and instructional spaces, flexible classrooms, interdisciplinary centers and institutes, community areas, faculty and administrative offices and food service. The building will consolidate programs currently dispersed throughout five different buildings into one collaborative location.
It will be located on the southern portion of campus—between the Newman Center for the Performing Arts and Olin Hall.
The architectural design of the building will be in keeping with the University's commitment to enduring structures that suggests multi-century durability through the use of load-bearing brick and stone masonry, along with signature copper roofs.
The building design is a collaborative partnership between the Office of the University Architect and Anderson, Mason and Dale Architects (University's Architect of Record- AoR). Anderson, Mason and Dale were also partners on the design of the Newman Center for the Performing Arts and the Daniels College of Business.
The building is made possible by gifts totaling more than $41 million from Daniel L. Ritchie, chancellor emeritus; Betty Knoebel; and the late Bill C. Petersen.
Notable Building Facts:
o Approximately 130,000 square feet.
o Groundbreaking in spring 2014.
o Construction to take approximately 18 -24 months to complete.
o Building designed in collaboration with the Office of the University Architect and Anderson, Mason and Dale Architects, AoR.
o Primary building will resemble two brackets embracing a dome.
o Large central symposium with domed ceiling will serve as a community area as well as signature design element of the building.
o On the ground floor, a gathering place for the south side of campus, including enhanced dining service will serve to bring the wider community of the University into the facility.
o Design will encourage movement through the building and showcase many of the innovative engineering work created by our students and faculty.
o Designed to LEED ™ Gold Certification criteria.
o No additional parking is planned at this time but will continue to be evaluated.
o The project's design will encourage pedestrian and bike traffic on south portion of campus.