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Students Break Ground for their Success Building 12/3

100 percent student funded

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: December 1, 2010

(Denver, Colo.) — Movie theaters, trailers, conference space and utility rooms are just a few of locations where students have been relegated to have classes in recent years on the Auraria Campus because of space limitations.

As part of a larger strategic plan to increase classroom space and effectively support students, Metropolitan State College of Denver officially breaks ground for its 100 percent student-funded Student Success Building, on Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. Preliminary site preparation is under way for the new building to be located on 8.5 acres of land between 7th and 9th streets parallel to Auraria Parkway.

“The Student Success Building will not only allow us to have our own unique identity, transforming the urban edge of the campus along the Auraria Parkway, but will also provide a physical demonstration of the commitment we have to retention and graduation of our students.” President Stephen Jordan says.

The building represents the first Metro State-owned facility on campus, as the initial anchor to the College’s neighborhood square property. When it opens in 2013, the building will help increase the College’s dedicated classroom and administration space by 25 percent.

The four-story Student Success Building will have 145,000 square feet of space housing classrooms, support programs and administration offices with an adjacent central quad. Several unique programs are included; First Year Success Program, Center for Innovation and a community action theater. The theater will connect academic resources with the needs of the community in a state-of-the-art meeting facility for public roundtables and special interest brainstorms. Special considerations for interior lighting and exterior landscaping design were made to accommodate a combination of student, alumni and public works of art.

Students approved a special fee in April of 2009 to provide the funding to make the building possible. Unanimous approval from the Capital Development Committee of the Colorado State Legislature and the Governor’s Office followed. The student fee to finance the construction is assessed up to 12 credit hours and will rise incrementally each year, from $5.25 per credit hour in 2010, to $12.10 per credit hour in 2011 to $19.80 per credit hour in 2012.

“Once students understood the proposal, the project sold itself and the response was overwhelmingly positive,” says former Student Government Assembly President Aaron “Jack” Wylie. “I’m excited about what this will mean for the reputation of the College.

In 2009, Wylie helped educate Metro State’s student body on the merits of this project.  

“This Student Success Building will not only deliver on what students need, but will also provide a strong sense of identity on campus,” says Student Government Assembly President Sammantha O’Brien. “The new building will better deliver services and build a sense of community.”

The total cost of the project is estimated at $62 million, which includes $10 million for the renovation of 129,000 square feet of existing classrooms and faculty offices freed-up by the new building. The building is designed to adhere to a minimum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold status for energy efficiency and sustainability, and will become a benchmark for future buildings within Metro State’s new neighborhood.

The architect for the building is RNL and the general contractor is Saunders Construction with a projected completion Spring 2012.  Updates on the building’s progress, architectural renderings as well as other Metro State construction projects can be found at the Metro State Rising website.


About Metropolitan State College of Denver

With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. Starting in the fall of 2010, the College is offering master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, with plans to offer a master’s in social work in fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 67,500 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.

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