New Classroom Breaks Ground at Colorado School of Mines
On March 2, GH Phipps and the Colorado School of Mines celebrated the groundbreaking of a new classroom building and parking garage. The $65 million project, designed by OZ Architecture, will include a four-story, 50,938-square-foot classroom building located at 17th and Arapahoe Streets and an attached parking structure with 935 spaces.
The classroom building will be home to nine new classroom spaces that support an active learning environment, including a large lecture hall. The building will also feature faculty offices and graduate student workspaces, as well as huddle rooms and breakout rooms for independent study. The building will be equipped with solar panels and the parking structure will include a capacity-sensing system to alert drivers to available parking spaces. The garage will be outfitted with electric vehicle charging stations.
“This project is another key piece to the implementation of our MINES@150 Strategic Plan,” said Kirsten M. Volpi, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Colorado School of Mines. “This facility not only provides immediate relief to the need for more classroom and office space on campus, but it also provides a foundation for the future development of the 18th Street research corridor.”
Construction is expected to take 18 to 24 months, with the building expected to be substantially completed by late fall 2024.
The building will be equipped with solar panels and the parking structure will include a capacity-sensing system to alert drivers to available parking spaces. The garage will also be outfitted with electric vehicle charging stations.
The classroom building is the second construction project to get underway on the site of the former parking lots between 17th and 18th streets. The first project, directly to the east of the new classroom building site, is the Beck Venture Center set to open this fall.