Groundbreaking: Colorado School of Mines’ Residence Hall
GOLDEN — Colorado School of Mines and Confluence Companies — a Golden-based developer and builder — have broken ground on a new residence hall for sophomore students at 1750 Jackson Street in Golden. The new construction project is a public-private partnership between the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) and Confluence Companies that will help Mines reach their goal of housing all freshman and sophomore students.
The residence hall will feature 107 suite-style dorm units, representing 249 bedrooms, along with 4,000 square feet of commercial space. Confluence Companies joined Mines in thoughtfully designing a building where students will be able to thrive academically and socially. Amenities include multiple social and study lounges on each floor, an on-site fitness center, community gathering spaces, two outdoor courtyards, a bike maintenance area and laundry facilities.
The new residence hall will be the university’s and the City of Golden’s first LEED Platinum project. Confluence is using many sustainable building methods to achieve this goal. Rooftop PV solar panels will offset 10 percent of the building’s electrical use, and an energy efficient heating and cooling system will provide a 40 percent reduction in energy usage.
Designed by Denver-based Craine Architecture, the energy-efficient building aims to bridge the architectural styles of downtown Golden and the Mines campus. Amenities were designed specifically with Mines students in mind, with the goal of helping them thrive both academically and personally.
Mines is known globally for the quality of its distinctive graduates, the success of its alumni and its unique expertise in topics related to earth, energy and the environment. The new residence hall will be an excellent addition to the school’s innovative and modern campus and will help foster the development of future scientists and engineers.
Rendering courtesy of Confluence Companies