Denver Advantage Milestones

The University of Denver has a long history of successful campus planning and design. Nearly 75 percent of our current facilities have been constructed or renovated since 1995. While these impressive efforts have guided the development of the beautiful campus we enjoy today, there is more to be done to meet the DU community’s evolving needs.

The Denver Advantage is woven through multiple phases of development. Some have already begun, while others will take five, 10, even 20 years to achieve. The Campus Framework Plan imagines the evolution of our campus in the years ahead, while keeping our core University values at the forefront.

Here are some of our milestones to date.

Community Commons Rendering

Community Commons

Built on the footprint of the Driscoll Student Center and located at the heart of campus, the Community Commons houses spaces for classes, programming, studying and collaborative opportunities, as well as a central dining hall to bring people together for meals and conversation. It provides a backdrop for activities that foster student and community engagement and after-hours socialization. The nexus of relationships the Commons supports serve as the bedrock for realizing the DU IMPACT 2025 vision:

  • A sense of belonging and connection to place for all who comprise the DU community
  • Students endowed with the support and resources needed for successful navigation of their collegiate experience
  • Collaborations across disciplines, divisions and departments that foster creativity and innovation
  • A space that bridges the campus community with Denver and the Rocky Mountain West

Student support services will be housed entirely in the Community Commons. Instead of being spread across multiple buildings, Student Services staff can provide comprehensive support and guidance in one, central location.

The design will include multi-story pathways and gathering spaces through the building, presenting opportunities for students, faculty and staff to encounter each other, form connections and cultivate relationships. 

The Community Commons and First-Year Residence Hall work together to integrate student life into the center of campus. This integration supports the development of navigational skills, resources and relationships students need for success at DU on their own terms.

*Initial conceptual rendering.

  • Project Updates

    Architect selected: Anderson Mason Dale Architects and Moore Ruble Yudell

    General Contractor: Saunders Construction Inc.

    Construction begins/fencing goes up: Summer 2018

    Driscoll North Staff move into SAE House and Driscoll South: Summer 2018

    Groundbreaking: Winter 2019

First Year Residence Hall

Dimond Family Residential Village

To foster meaningful interactions, dialogues and relationships among our 1,500 first-year students, the new residence hall features “pods” of about 24 students each, programming space and an outdoor gathering area that can accommodate the entire first-year class. And to improve student success, students have access to co-curricular community building initiatives from day one.

A stronger sense of belonging supports students’ persistence as they fuel their desire for knowledge, understanding and self-actualization—hallmarks of a transformative and impactful education. 

*Initial conceptual rendering.

  • Project Updates

    Architect selected: Anderson Mason Dale Architects and Moore Ruble Yudell

    General Contractor: Saunders Construction Inc.

    Construction begins/fencing goes up: Summer 2018

    Groundbreaking: March 25, 2019


Career Achievement Center

Pioneer Career Achievement Center 

The Pioneer Career Achievement Center will serve as a centralized hub to facilitate connections throughout the DU community. Specifically, the Pioneer Career Achievement Center focuses on student career development, employer engagement and alumni activities. Students can learn how to best engage with the DU community and potential employers; employers can interact with potential job seekers; and alumni can connect with their peers. 

As part of a four-year model to engage with undergraduate students from year one all the way through graduation, Career and Professional Development staff are housed in the Pioneer Career Achievement Center and ready to work with students the moment they arrive on campus.

At the new center, students can learn how to translate their work experiences onto their resumes. They can meet with potential employers and interact with DU’s global network of 140,000+ alums. Staff are also available to support graduate students and alumni throughout their careers.

The design of the building includes everything from open lounges to enclosed interview rooms, as well as a central atrium.

*Initial conceptual rendering.

  • Project Updates

    Architect selected: Lake Flato

    General Contractor: PCL

    Groundbreaking: Spring 2019

Students walking to the north side of campus down through Driscoll bridge

Campus Framework Plan

Our long-term plan encourages a neighborhood culture that’s open and welcoming to on-campus community members and to our neighbors and visitors. Through the Campus Framework Plan, we will activate our 125-acre campus and see more abundant retail, hospitality and restaurant options, and safer bikeways and pedestrian paths.

The Campus Framework Plan is a glimpse into what the future might look like as we strengthen the Denver Advantage. 

  • Project Updates

    During Spring, Summer and Fall 2017 Ayers Saint Gross held numerous workshops and brainstorming sessions with members of our campus community and surrounding neighborhood to develop a roadmap for our future.

    Campus Framework Plan revealed: May 2018

    ofo dockless bike share pilot: DU Community Launch Spring 2018; Public Launch June 2018

    Feasibility for developing 6-acre parcel with a hotel: Summer 2018

    Chariot shuttle pilot: July 2018

    New wayfinding: Fall 2018

    Pedestrian safety improvements: Fall 2018