Centennial Hall, Johnson & Wales University

The renovation of Centennial Hall, previously known as Treat Hall, was a one-of-a-kind opportunity to bring this outstanding historic building to life as a 21st Century academic center for the Johnson & Wales University in Denver. When the building was first completed in the early 1900s, it served as the entire campus for the Colorado Women’s College, including classrooms, library, administration, residences and dining. The primary design concept for the renovation was to return Centennial Hall to its former use as the multi-use hub for the University.

The project involved a tremendous amount of work because the building interiors were so outmoded. Additionally, there was a wish to create a truly future-oriented functionality and spirit for the facilities within. Most of the renovations took place in the interior of the building with only a few small additions on the exterior. The new Centennial Hall is a dynamic building, marrying its wonderful heritage with 21st Century innovations.

HCM worked closely with several jurisdictions to gain approval on the exterior work of Centennial Hall. Denver Landmark Preservation Commission and Historic Denver both had interests in this building. Our firm brought years of experience navigating the state and local jurisdiction approval process to every project and Centennial Hall was no exception.

Centennial opened its doors in the summer of 2016 as a one-stop student service center, home of new administrative and faculty offices, as well as a grab-and-go café. It also features five much-needed classrooms to the University. This facility is a great example of sustainable design – it proves an old building can make a great 21st Century educational space. It was honored with the 2016 ENR Mountain States Best Projects Awards, Best Renovation/Restoration Award.

Centennial Hall was also featured on the February 2016 cover of College Planning & Management magazine.


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