Throwback: Student Housing at University of Colorado Boulder

Last week on the University of Colorado Boulder campus we witnessed the demolition of the Darley Commons  to create space for the new Village Center Dining and Community Commons building (KSQ's current project on the CU Boulder campus). It was definitely a moment to pause and reflect on the history of the campus (Darley was built in 1969), and it inspired us to create this throwback blog to our first project with CU Boulder and share unseen images from the project. Join us as we throw it back three years ago to the award-winning Kittredge Complex student housing project. [caption id="attachment_4071" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Kittredge Exterior The Kittredge Complex is on the southeastern side of the campus. Photo by Raul Garcia[/caption] CU's Board of Regents approved of funding remodels to the Kittredge Complex with the goal of blending living and learning, accommodating upperclassman residents, and making room for faculty apartments. The entire complex has five halls, and KSQ worked on Kittredge Central (a new residence hall) and Kittredge West (a $22.8 million remodel of an existing 71,797 square feet hall). The team consisted of:

KSQ (Interior) 4240 Architecture (Architecture) Kiewit Building Group (Contractor) Wenk Associates, Inc. (Landscape) JVA, Incorporate (Civil) KL&A, Inc. (Structural) Group 14 Engineering (Sustainability) M.E. Group Engineers (MEP)

The team utilized BIM to facilitate communication and deliver the project on schedule, and delivered the project on an active campus over 24 months. We received the Educational Facilities National Award of Merit from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) for the effort. The team also considered sustainability every step of the way, including orientation of the building and onsite-renewable energy, and achieved LEED Silver certification for the project. [caption id="attachment_4072" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Connectivity bridge at CU Boulder Kittredge Complex Connectivity via bridges over a pedestrian street is a key feature of the project. Photo by Raul Garcia[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4075" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Bridge shown from the outside at CU-Boulder. Bridge shown from the outside at CU-Boulder.[/caption] KSQ's 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 the best seat by the window, wood materials, and natural tones: CU Boulder Kittredge Reception 007_KittEastLounge This project is featured in the current issue of Colorado Construction and Design magazine on page 35. Read the digital issue here: http://goldenbellpress.com/index.php/ccd-2015-issue-summer-fall 

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