SCUP Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions, Renovation or Adaptive Reuse
Colorado State University
Photo by Paul Brokering
4240 Architecture; Ricca Newmark Design; Ambient Energy; Russell + Mills; KL&A Incorporated; M.E. Group; JVA Incorporated; Cumming; Mark Young Construction
“ . . . clever, beautiful, regional aesthetic . . . could have easily decided to throw the building away, but did a great job reviving it . . . lighting makes it warm and welcoming . . . immersive environment that invites people to stay . . . about unity and creating interaction, bringing the outdoors inside, a heart of the community . . . ”
The overriding goal of the project was to create an immersive environment where students can plug in and hang out on campus—a place where people want to be. The Durrell Center serves as one of several open dining facilities as well as the hub of student life in the north residential district on the CSU main campus. The center originally utilized multiple two-story entries separating the dining center from student activity areas, creating disparate feelings of purpose. Bronze tinted windows, dark interiors, and a concrete retaining wall around the first level created a dungeon-like space that was underutilized and lacked a connection to the vibrant surrounding campus. The existing structure has been repurposed while maintaining the original building character, yet incorporates energy-efficient materials and systems to meet the needs of today’s students and staff.