Adolfson & Peterson Construction Celebrates the Opening of UNC’s Campus Commons Project

There were so many challenges on this project that we’d just never encountered before, and likely won’t encounter again.

After over two years of careful construction and collaboration, Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) completed work on the University of Northern Colorado Campus Commons project.

The Campus Commons is an innovative navigation and support center for students and a gateway to campus for everyone, while being a showcase for the university’s highly regarded music and musical-theater programs.

The project’s many unique features make this a one-of-a-kind building. Designed by Semple Brown Design, this new 110,000- sf, LEED Gold facility includes a 640 seat performance venue, a 384 seat multi-purpose auditorium, an art gallery and a student-run café.

“There were so many challenges on this project that we’d just never encountered before, and likely won’t encounter again,” said project Superintendent Kyle Tillery. “Opening this building is an incredible honor.”

The facility contains a 3,000-sf rehearsal space for the Performing and Visual Arts programs. A new large social stair was added – intended to be a gathering place for students to socialize and collaborate – all within a new open floor plan lobby space. Additionally, the new Campus Commons project houses the University’s Admissions Department, which utilizes the new “Bear Pride” room with over 40 seats to introduce prospective students to the exciting campus. The facility also houses “Bear Central,” which encompasses the Financial Aid Department and further encouraging the socializing and comingling that the building was designed for.

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