Higher Education

Project detail

University of Colorado, Ketchum Arts and Sciences Building

Boulder, Colorado
Academic, Architecture, Colorado, Education, Higher Education, Interior Design, LEED, Office, Quad Campus, Science

The Ketchum Arts and Sciences Building is a four-story historic structure with a garden level constructed in 1938 on the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Main Campus. The building is one of Charles Klauder’s finest examples of Tuscan Vernacular architecture and is characteristic of the architectural style developed for the University campus. Although not a part of the Norlin Quadrangle Historic District, it is located immediately adjacent to it, and continues the historic character of the district. Thus, the proposed capital renewal project is sympathetic to the historic character and materials of the building while also updating the building to meet the objectives of the 21st century academic programs that are housed within it.

The Capital Renewal program is a pilot project for the State of Colorado with the aim to renovate building systems, including adding air conditioning to older buildings, thus renewing them for the next century.  Capital renewal projects view the building as a whole that strives to improve the Facility Condition Index, provide lower utility and maintenance costs, and enhance the delivery of academic programs. This project is pursuing a LEED Gold certification from USGBC.

The 60,000 sf historic building was renovated for a construction cost of $20 million.