Denver Advantage Milestones

The Denver Advantage has multiple phases. Some we have already begun, while others will take five, 10, even 20 years to achieve. Here are some of our milestones to date.

 

 
Students interacting in the common area of a residence hall

First-Year Residence Hall

At the University of Denver, we have a live-on requirement for first-year and second-year students. But we also have a shortage of available beds, so we're building a new first-year, 500-bed residence hall designed for cluster/community living to help students create a sense of belonging from their first moment on campus.

 

  • Architects of Record

    The University has selected Anderson Mason Dale (AMD) Architects and Moore Ruble Yudell (MRY) Architects & Planners as the Architect of Record design team for the design of the new first-year residence hall and the community commons. An architect of record is still being selected for the career achievement center.

    The selection process for AMD and MRY involved a student advisory group made up of nine students (two graduate students and seven undergraduates, spanning from first years to juniors). The students reviewed proposals and asked critical, objective questions of all of the firms before a selection was made. A student advisory group will continue to provide input through the completion of these projects.

    Anderson Mason Dale has completed four projects as Architect of Record on the University campus in the last 20 years, including the new Engineering and Computer Science Building and the Anna and John J. Sié International Relations Complex.

    For contractors interested in working with the University, visit the Office of the University Architect.

 
Overhead shot of students in a cozy study booth with laptops

Community Commons

Built on the footprint of the Driscoll Student Center, the Community Commons will house spaces for classes, programming, studying and collaborative opportunities, along with dining and activities for student and community engagement for after-hours socialization to continue.

Centralized dining spaces will feature a variety of cultural cuisines and community tables to increase opportunities for conversations and collaboration among peers, faculty, staff, neighbors and visitors.

Student support services will be housed entirely in the Community Commons to provide comprehensive support and guidance in one place instead of spread across multiple buildngs.

 

  • Architects of Record

    The University has selected Anderson Mason Dale (AMD) Architects and Moore Ruble Yudell (MRY) Architects & Planners as the Architect of Record design team for the design of the new first-year residence hall and the community commons. An architect of record is still being selected for the career achievement center.

    The selection process for AMD and MRY involved a student advisory group made up of nine students (two graduate students and seven undergraduates, spanning from first years to juniors). The students reviewed proposals and asked critical, objective questions of all of the firms before a selection was made. A student advisory group will continue to provide input through the completion of these projects.

    Anderson Mason Dale has completed four projects as Architect of Record on the University campus in the last 20 years, including the new Engineering and Computer Science Building and the Anna and John J. Sié International Relations Complex.

 
Driscoll bridge tables with career center staff

Career Achievement Center 

The Career Achievement Center will be a centralized hub that provides skills development, experiential learning and individualized career activation for all of our students. Career Services will start to engage with students in their first year, rather than waiting until their last year. The Center will provide a variety of resources, from helping students translate their work experiences for their resumes, to meeting with employers and interacting with the Global Network of 140,000 DU alums.

The Architect of Record for his project is Lake Flato.  Through an integrated and collaborative process, Lake Flato incorporates the demanding programmatic requirements of higher education facilities with the environmental and campus context to realize unique learning environments. Their designs create cohesive and pedestrian-oriented campuses that foster healthy social and academic communities. They are also leaders in employing sustainable strategies that result in high performance buildings reflecting the unique culture of each institution.

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

Looking Ahead

While we're already developing spaces for more housing, community building and socialization spaces, we're developing a long-term plan to enhance a neighborhood culture that's open and welcoming to on-campus community members as well as our neighbors and visitors.

 

  • Planning Partner

    The University has partnered with Ayers Saint Gross (ASG), a globally recognized planning and architecture firm, to develop a roadmap for campus and the surrounding areas that supports the success of our students and the development of our community and neighborhood.

    While we're already developing spaces for more housing, community building and socialization spaces, we're still collecting ideas and feedback for how we create a campus and neighborhood culture that is open and welcoming to on-campus community members as well as our neighbors and visitors.

    See some of the other Universities and cities ASG has worked with here:

    ASG Website