University of Colorado Colorado Springs Academic Office Building On Track


Jennifer K. Cordes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

The Nunn Construction/SLATERPAULL Architects Design/Build team was selected for the 40,000 GSF Academic Office Building (AOB) project in the fall of 2012, and it is currently under construction.

The design uses a combination of closed offices and open work stations, is planned to achieve LEED GOLD certification with an emphasis on energy savings, and has a goal of 40% energy savings over an ASHRAE 90.1 baseline. 

The team designed the building footprint to be 60’ wide from north to south to allow for optimum day lighting to a majority of the floor plate.

Site development includes providing additional on-site storm water detention to accommodate the greater roof area, the transition of the city bike path from Austin Bluffs up to Regent Circle, and a pedestrian connection from the AOB to Columbine Hall. Use of 3 natural storm water drainage systems with bio swales and porous detention ponds preserve and rehabilitate the existing wetlands

The interior program requirements greatly influenced the shape and configuration of the building within the small footprint allotted. Colors are inspired by nearby red rocks from Garden of the Gods with its deep shades of red and coral highlights against the crisp blue and purple sky.  Images of trees and resin panels with dried foliage bring nature indoors.