University of Northern Colorado – West Campus Housing

  • Category
    Higher Education
  • Size
    302,894 s.f.
  • Complete
    July 2009
  • Location
    Greeley, Colorado

Higher education student housing project updates university campus

Following a design competition in May 2006 for a new $52 million, 721-bed, student housing complex, UNC chose the design build team of Mortenson Construction, Davis Partnership Architects, and Centerbrook Architects and Planners The design team conceived two buildings to replace the existing 60s-era McCowen Hall and provide a new campus edge at the south entry. Four, five, and six-story buildings are stepped in height and massing for transition in scale from the larger academic building to the north to the smaller existing dining hall to the west. Traditional masonry and precast detailing, concrete tile pitched roofs and dormers, arched entries, and decorative accents extend traditional campus architecture. The building massing wraps to enclose and define three new major outdoor plazas and patios for student gatherings. Student housing types are comprised of a variety of single and four-person suites with individual living rooms, toilet and shower rooms. Each building consists of separately identified floors divided into two wings for eighteen to fifty-two people. Each wing includes a student lounge, kitchen, laundry, vending, recycling, and study room. First floor amenities include a central entry lobby and reception desks, open and enclosed lounges with adjoining outdoor patios, kitchens, game room, conference rooms, administrative space, and apartments for hall directors and their assistants. [Read More]

Project Scope

  • Architecture
  • Higher Education
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture

Award Winning Project

2011 City of Greeley Excellence in Community Design Award
2009 Colorado Construction Magazine Gold Hard Hat Award Outstanding Higher Education Project

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