CCD Student Building Update #2

Since my last update in April, the Community College of Denver’s Student Learning and Engagement Building has made quick and significant progress. In the past months, the structure has topped out and the brick facade has been crawling up the building at a rapid pace.

This building blends in very well with the typical Auraria architecture and building heights. The only difference are the ‘green’ aspects being used in this building; chilled beams, radiant floors, and a green roof.


This building has quite the presence in the sea of parking it is seated in. An important project for filling in a gap helping recreate an urban feel at Auraria. When riding on the light rail towards campus, the Learning and Engagement Building almost creates a street wall along Colfax making the Auraria campus feel more filled and closed in.

Here is a mock-up of what the exterior is going to look like. It’s very similar to the other buildings on campus which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The Student Learning and Engagement Building is expected to be complete by the summer session of 2013. It’s always nice to see another parking lot filled around the Auraria campus.

By | 2016-12-21T21:18:14+00:00 September 21, 2012|Categories: Auraria, Education, Infill, Urbanism|Tags: |4 Comments


  1. Patrick September 21, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Hi Ryan:
    I’m a little confused on where this building is on the campus grounds. I may be confusing it with another building (so much is going on there!). I no longer live in Denver 🙁 but I keep following whats happening in my favorite city. Thanks for this, and all, your posts!

    • Ryan Dravitz September 21, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Hey Patrick,
      This building is located on 800 Curtis Street. Since there’s no 8th St by this building, it’s just East of 7th St (right around where the Colfax viaduct ends).

  2. David September 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Hello Ryan,

    I write for a growth and development site in Stockton, California, and I am visiting Denver this weekend where I hope to take a look at some mixed-use developments to use as case studies for what can/should be done in the downtown areas of our city. This website has been a big help in trying to figure out which places to visit, I was wondering, off the top of your head, what neighborhoods and projects stand out that you think would be worth a visit? Thanks for your help.


    • Ryan Dravitz September 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Hey David,
      I sent you an email at the address provided with your comment. Let me know if I need to send it to another address. Thanks!

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