DAF July 2017 Hard Hat Tour – Metropolitan State University Aerospace & Engineering Sciences Building – Recap

 Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Rendering Courtesy of AndersonMasonDale Architects


Owner:  Metropolitan State University of Denver

Architect:  AndersonMasonDale Architects

General Contractor: GH Phipps

Size: 115,000 SF

Cost: $39M estimated


The Metropolitan State University of Denver Aerospace & Engineering Sciences (AES) Building will provide a state-of-the-art home for the University’s industrial design, engineering, and computer sciences programs.


The facility will also house the advanced manufacturing initiative robotics hall to showcase this work and a space operations lab for simulating the control of spacecraft.


The building is located on an urban and campus gateway site, on the northern edge of the Auraria campus in downtown Denver.


The concept is a series of program ‘bars’ of similar function (workshop/lab, classroom/support, faculty offices) organized in an efficient, flexible mass, with public gathering and focal program areas located on the prominent western and southern campus edges of the site.


The western facing façade captures extraordinary views of Colorado’s Front Range for a series of student study, gathering and public gathering spaces.


Along the southern, pedestrian oriented campus edge of the site, the building mass is lower, with a long gallery pavilion which houses the advanced manufacturing and robotics hall.


A gallery showcasing student work opens this façade at grade to the campus, where pedestrian activity is most concentrated.


The AES Building expands the Metro State neighborhood on the Auraria campus in form, program area and architectural palette of materials.  It utilizes the darker ironspot masonry of recent MSUD projects, complemented with a light colored limestone along the edges of pedestrian access.  The facades incorporate a machined aluminum curtain wall and metal paneling evocative of the advanced manufacturing processes housed within. Targeting LEED Gold.