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Village Center Dining and Community Commons

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The Project

The Village Center at CU Boulder is a forward-looking multipurpose facility that provides far more than a new, contemporary dining venue on campus. With a large conferencing facility as well as student support services and study lounges, the Village Center serves both students on the Williams Village area of campus and the greater campus community much like a student union. Seating includes 700 indoor seats plus an additional 150 outdoor seating options. Highlights of the LEED Platinum project include a grand staircase, tables and artwork by local artisans, “blender bikes” for smoothies and a hydroponic greenhouse providing fresh produce for the salad bar.

The Details

Project Type: New Construction
Project Size: 100,000 SF total | 35,000 SF dining | 700 seats
Completed: 2017
Client: University of Colorado Boulder
Services: Planning, Programming, Architecture and Interior Design
Certification: LEED Platinum

News: University Business Magazine Article

On Campus Magazine Article

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Kittredge Complex

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The Project

Located on the southeastern side of the University of Colorado Boulder campus, the Kittredge Complex is a blended living-learning community accommodating upper division students and faculty. The complex has five residence halls and KSQ provided interior design services on Kittredge Central (a new 91,117 SF residence hall and Commons building), and Kittredge West (a complete renovation and expansion of an existing 71,797 SF hall).

The new facility accommodates a minimum of 264 beds plus a community commons that supports residence life and the university’s Residential Academic Programs throughout the Kittredge Complex. For this LEED Silver-certified project, sustainability was considered every step of the way, including the orientation of the building and on site-renewable energy.

Our interior choices were driven by our expertise in student design, but inspired by Boulder’s commitment to environmental integrity and the city’s location at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The connection to the outdoors is apparent with abundant natural light, wood materials, and nature-inspired tones.

The team utilized BIM to facilitate communication and deliver the project on schedule, and delivered the project on an active campus over a 24 month period. KSQ, 4240 Architecture, Kiewit Building Group, Inc., and project partners and consultants received the Educational Facilities National Award of Merit from the Design-Build Institute of American (DBIA) for the effort.

The Details

Project Type: Renovation and New Construction
Project Size: 71,797 SF (Kittredge West), 91,117 SF (Kittredge Central)
Completed: 2012
Client: University of Colorado Boulder
Services: Interior Design
Awards: Educational Facilities National Award of Merit–Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)
Certification: LEED Silver

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