The renovation of historic Taylor Hall was required to better support WSC’s growing academic programs and administrative functions in addition to preserving the oldest building on the Western State College campus. The project also created a new ‘front door’ for the college. Additionally a new "one stop" for student services was designed to better facilitate student needs - LEED Silver certified.

Project Goals

  • Breathe new life to prepare this historic building for another 100 years of use.
  •  Reconfigure the exterior of the building to create the primary public entrance on the south side at the point where visitors arrive to the College by automobile.
  • Create logical configurations of rooms with appropriate adjacencies to encourage effective learning and work relationships.
  • All classrooms to have new computer technology and fresh finishes. 
  • Design useful, well lit and ventilated spaces where students, staff and faculty enjoy spending time.
  • Provide improved circulation including a new elevator and stairs.
  • Redesign the existing long hallways to make them more attractive and useful.
  • Repair the damaged exterior facades.
  • Remove a few of the ‘dated’ renovations on the exterior walls.
  • Solve some roof drainage issues that damage the building and adjacent exterior pedestrian spaces.
  • Knit any new additions into the character of the adjacent buildings and landscape.



An original program plan study and in-depth analysis for the reuse of the former Fort Collins High School assessed the feasibility to house the Departments of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Locally designated as a historic structure, the building was originally designed in a classical architectural style constructed in 1924 with three major later renovations. The extensive investigation studied all aspects of the existing facility including current and future needs of the users. Associate architect for Phases I and II was HMS Performance and the associate architect for Phase III was Performance Architects. 

After completion the project included 173,000 square feet of new and renovated space for a projected construction cost of $35.4 million. Completed in three phases, the first two phases included the Edna Rizley Concert Hall and the Bohemian Complex. 

Also integrated into the program are facilities for the International Center for BioMedical Research in Music. The University’s Historic Costume and Textile Collection is also located in the completed facility along with a new visual arts museum.

The goal of the project was to provide an up-to-date academic and performance facility for the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, while preserving this iconic historic building within it’s neighborhood context.  The project was funded by a variety of private and public funding.  

Project Goals

  • 500-seat Edna Rizley Griffin Concert Hall 
  • 318-seat open thrust stage University Theatre
  • 300-seat music recital hall
  • “Experimental” Studio Theatre
  • Dance Studio Theatre
  • Music practice rooms
  • Faculty offices and studios
  • Classrooms
  • Music and acting labs
  • Rehearsal rooms
  • Scenery, prop, costume shops

Western State College Student Center


SLATERPAULL Architects prepared a master plan for Western State College’s Student Union to assist the college in identifying where the student dining facility should be located and how the new location may affect other spaces within the existing Student Union building. 

The group identified the following mission statement to help with decision making: “Provide a dynamic Student Union that encourages student use, student interaction, and student socialization while creating a unique space for Western State College.” The decision was made to replace the existing building with a new energy efficient union to best meet the mission.

The design team included consultants in energy modeling, daylighting modeling, commissioning and sustainable design, all of which collaboratively helped to inform the design of the building to optimize energy efficiency and performance. 

The collaborative design process, led by SLATERPAULL Architects and WTW Architects, inspired a building concept of “Axiality.”  The “Axiality” concept rotated the building’s main circulation spine to better relate to the adjacent Wright Gymnasium and Savage Library.

This concept also led to shed roofs on both the north and south that overlap above the primary entries and accentuate the major circulation path through the building. This “split-shed” roof provides daylighting and ventilation high in the building and follows the main circulation spine (or axis) below.  There are openings between the first and second levels, along this axis, so daylight and airflow can move freely between the first and second levels.

Project Goals

  • Exterior program spaces:
    The first floor opens south onto a patio that can be used for student orientation and other programmed activities.  The plaza has a natural gas fire pit as its focus point.
  • High performance buildings:
    The Center’s exterior skin is a combination of brick, stucco, and stone with precast concrete trim.
  • Sloped roofs:
    The sloping roofs are a combination of clay roof tiles and standing seam metal roofing to be consistent with campus standards. Utilization of a metal roof detail around the roof perimeter before the transition to clay roof tiles will prevent problems with ice damage at the eaves.  Side sloping roofs at all building entries provide protection from falling ice, snow, or water.
  • LEED Gold Certified

Johnson & Wales University


In 1999, SLATERPAULL Architects proposed to Johnson & Wales University to provide architectural design services on the former Huchingson Hall, Dunklee Hall, and the Academic Business Center. In the years since, SLATERPAULL has worked on over 20 projects for the Denver campus helping it become a world-class university. These projects include the following:

  • Academic and Business Center
  • Bookstore relocation (proposed)
  • College of Culinary Arts, Phase I
  • College of Culinary Arts, Phase II
  • College of Culinary Arts, Phase III
  • Convocation Gates
  • Demonstration Kitchen in Polis Auditorium
  • Event Center
  • Foote Hall Data Center
  • Gaebe Residence Hall
  • Johnson Residence Hall
  • Huchingson Hall Renovation and Addition
  • Legacy Hall
  • Nutrition Laboratory
  • Office of the President
  • "Outtakes" Grab and Go Retail Food Service
  • President's Residence Hall
  • Smart Classrooms
  • Triangolo Residence Hall
  • Wales Residence Hall
  • Welcome Center
  • Wildcat Dining Hall Food Service
  • Wildcat Dining Hall Kitchen