Auraria Projects Update #3

Last time I did an update at Auraria, we were taking an exclusive look on the inside of the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center. Given that was last September, a lot has changed. The exterior of the hotel is almost complete and the Student Success building is right along with the hotel.

A lot of the exterior masonry is done as well as the glass. It contrasts nicely against the other buildings on campus due to the darker brick. There are also some vertical glass columns and setbacks that break up the facade which keeps the project exciting and adds a nice finishing touch.


One of the more impressive features of this building is the front. There is a great glass curtain wall on the bridge that connects the hotel from the learning center which also contains the 7,500 square feet of meeting space. This will benefit from some great natural light for the bridge and the lobby in the hotel.

On to the Student Success center just up the road on Auraria Parkway. Last time I took any picture of this, it was just a steel frame. Now the building is nearly complete outside and in. This creates a dramatic wall along the parkway as well with the glass curtain in the upper floors of the building. The building is nicely labeled and is much more modern looking than anything else around it.


The back side of the building is also very welcoming with the Metro State logo at the top of it. The architect of this project is RNL Design and is expected to open next month.

Just as a refresher the Student Success building is a 143,000 square foot, LEED-Gold building will house the Registrar’s office, Financial Aid, Student Academic Success, New Student Orientation and other critical support services. Full details can be found in Ken’s post here. These are very exciting developments that create a nice wall along Auraria Parkway as well as connect the urban fabric of Auraria to Downtown Denver.

By | 2017-02-03T05:41:24+00:00 March 19, 2012|Categories: Auraria, Education, Infill, Urbanism|Tags: , |5 Comments


  1. django March 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I think the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center turned out to be a much better looking building than I thought it would be based on the renderings.They both turned out to be very good looking buildings !

  2. Peter March 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Good post. When does the hotel finish?

    Also, there is the new CCD building that broke ground a few months ago at 7th and Colfax. There’s not much to show besides some equipment and fences, but that’s worthy of an update!

  3. Nick M March 19, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    One of the best looking architectural additions to the city in a while. Some of those photos are so surreal they almost look like renderings. I love the way the various lines throw your expectations about the buildings position in 3D space. Very nice! I also appreciate the angle on the “Student Success” photo, and how the words are reflected in the glass, continuing the theme.

  4. Paul March 20, 2012 at 8:01 am

    The Student Success Building did come out pretty nice, even though it deviates from the Auraria signature of brown brick. But it does continue the newer signature of large, continuous, glass curtain walls as seen on the King Center, and the Science Building.

    One thing bothers me, it was said that Metro State had devoted about $3 million or so to signage for the new building to make it stand out. That certainly doesn’t look like $3 million of signage to me.

  5. Jeff March 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Um, no. Nothing really to see here. No reason to stop, or look, or wonder. These buildings could house anything. Sorry to be the new contrarian on the street but that’s how I see it. Oh, and I used to work at Auraria for many years, fwiw.

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