University of Northern Colorado Campus Commons

This new 110,000- sf, LEED Gold facility includes a 600-seat performance venue, a 400-seat multi-purpose auditorium, an art gallery and a student-run café.

Campus Commons is envisioned as an innovative campus navigation and support center for students, while being a showcase for the University’s highly regarded music and musical-theater programs. The building ties into the existing University Center while maintaining the appearance of a stand-alone gateway facility. AP worked with the design team throughout preconstruction services to evaluate design options, building materials, and preplan logistics. The construction team actively managed the challenges of working in the center of the active campus, maintaining a focus on public safety, while coordinating material and equipment deliveries and inevitable disruptions.

Given the slope of the 6.5-acre site, construction started with extreme amounts of excavation and with a foundation that combines grade beams and more than 180 caissons.

Complicated by design changes during construction, the team adjusted sequencing to protect the schedule.

The project’s many unique features make this a one-of-a-kind project and presented challenges this project team has never seen before and likely won’t again. For example, elements in the auditorium were covered with a very thin, paper-like wood that was stripped from trees in Japan. Samples were sent to the design team for approval from a live tree before it was selected for the project. To match up the grain, each sheet from the tree was numbered and meticulously installed in order.

University of Northern Colorado

Higher Education

Semple Brown Design

Greeley, CO

110,000 sf

Final load in of draperies and orchestra shell for the Performance Hall at Campus Commons

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