Photo Courtesy of Populous
Design-builder/General Contractor: Mortenson Construction
MEP Engineer: ME Engineers
The football and athletic departments at the University of Colorado now have a new home in the Champions Center. The expansion and renovation of the University of Colorado’s athletics complex opened in 2015 and was the largest renovation in the history of both Folsom Field and the Dal Ward Athletic Center. The facility improvements are designed as a seamless extension of the unique and historic architectural heritage integral throughout the Boulder, Colorado campus. Each building is interpreted with rigorous classical design and traditional detailing and have become new architectural “landmarks” within the historic campus.
Populous was able to enhance both the fan and student athlete experience with new amenities in the Champions Center. Buffs enthusiasts can now enjoy the game from the new indoor end zone club seating, or choose between one of the 40 private loge boxes or 500 club seats. The Champions Center also provides a new hospitality area, and a northeast corner terrace seating area, complete with an indoor VIP Champions Club, and an 18,000 square foot rooftop terrace. Dramatic views of the Flatirons can be seen from the rooftop terrace which features both indoor and outdoor hospitality areas perfect for game days and private events.
Student athletes can enjoy 380,000 square feet of superior amenities and advanced resources to train, develop, and study. This project connects more than 10 collegiate sports and athletic administration in one unified complex, and also features the country’s first-ever net-zero indoor practice facility. The indoor practice facility prominently includes a full size 100-yard artificial turf football field and 300-meter competition venue track, along with two levels of underground parking.Indoor Practice Facility
The Champions Center offers one of the NCAA’s first truly integrated high performance sports centers. This 27,000 square foot sports performance facility is the result of a partnership between the CU School of Medicine and Boulder Community Health. It is open to the public and offers doctor’s offices, hydrotherapy, rehabilitation space, exam rooms, a physical therapy clinic, biomechanics and kinesiology testing, blood laboratories, MRI and other imaging services.
The final component of the CU athletic complex restoration is the 37,000 square foot renovation of the Dal Ward Athletic Center. It features state-of-the-art facilities, new locker rooms, strength training, sports medicine and wet areas to be utilized by Olympic sports teams such as track and field, cross country, cheerleading, tennis and skiing. The Herbst Academic Center for student-athletes was also expanded; the space was more than tripled to accommodate all academic programs and now offers a dedicated space for the Leadership Development Program.
With the expansion complete, University of Colorado fans and athletes now have access to one of the most pre-imminent training facilities in the world. Populous was able to design a facility that serves a wide range of athletic programs, as well as the public. These improvements create an environment that unites academics, sports performance, and athletics into one cohesive complex. It is a project that the University of Colorado students, faculty, and fans can take pride in.
The cost of the tour is as follows:
DAF Members: $20
Non-member with One-year DAF Individual Membership: $40
Non-member with One-year DAF Family Membership: $75
Building is finished – personal protective equipment (PPE) is not required.
Please use the Eventbrite link above to register. Registration must be completed by Monday, May 15 at 4:00 PM. Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be given only if cancellations are received at least 24 hours before the event.
Space is limited, so register now to ensure a place on the tour. Meeting logistics will be sent the day prior to the tour to those who are registered.