The Ketchum Arts and Science Building is one of the most historic and recognizable buildings at the University of Colorado. The beautiful use of Tuscan Vernacular architecture by Charles Klauder set a precedent for the architectural style developed for the campus. However, the historic 1938 building was well out of date by 2014 and lacking essential amenities, like air conditioning. Our team’s mission was to bring the 60,000 sf Ketchum Building up to modern-day standards while preserving its historic character.
Although not a part of the Norlin Quadrangle Historic District, the Ketchum building is located immediately adjacent and continues the historic character of the district. Thus, the proposed capital renewal project pays respect to the historic character and materials of the building while also implementing updates to meet the objectives of the 21st century academic programs housed within it.
The Capital Renewal program is a pilot project for the State of Colorado with the aim to renovate historic building systems, including adding air conditioning to older buildings, thus renewing them for the next century. Capital renewal projects strive to improve buildings’ Facility Condition Index, provide lower utility and maintenance costs, and enhance the delivery of academic programs.
The Ketchum Arts and Sciences Building obtained LEED Gold certification from USGBC in July 2016.