Matt Porta Authors Article for School Planning & Management re: Dining Commons

Dining Commons

By Matt Porta

"As the cost of construction continues to rise, the need for schools to maximize every square foot of space is paramount. The cafeteria is one space vital to each and every school, yet in most cases is only utilized for a few hours throughout the day. Cafeterias need to be large enough to hold one third of the student population for lunch and must be durable and easy to clean. If programmed, designed and constructed thoughtfully, the cafeteria can also serve as a fully functional, flexible multi-use space that can be used throughout the day." Read more.

Emily Griffith campus + Downtown Denver Expeditionary School Receive Downtown Denver Award

SLATERPAULL | Hord Coplan Macht is thrilled to announce that the Emily Griffith campus + Downtown Denver Expeditionary School was a recipient of the Downtown Denver Awards last night. Congrats to the entire team, including Denver Public Schools + our design-build partner, PCL Construction. See the video here or read the news.

Stargate Groundbreaking in Denver Business Journal

$51 million school project breaks ground in Thornton

Molly Armbrister

Reporter- Denver Business Journal

A $51 million K-12 charter school broke ground in Thornton Thursday, a development at Interstate 25 and 144th Avenue.

Stargate school has an enrollment goal of 1,600 students, with 159,000 square feet in two academic buildings, a field house and an amphitheater designed by Denver-based Slaterpaull Hord Coplan Macht on a 43-acre site. Centennial-based JHL Constructors will build the school.

The development also includes five acres of retail or other commercial space, but plans for that portion of the project are not yet firm.

The school is scheduled to open in time for the school year beginning in fall 2016. The development is a public-private partnership between Stargate School, the city of Thornton, the design and construction teams, private investors and the landowner.

The overall development includes another 22 acres that can be developed in the future. See the full article.

Colorado's Finest Featured in Denver Business Journal

$17 million STEM focused expansion opens at Colorado high school

Caitlin Hendee
Digital Producer / Social Engagement Manager- Denver Business Journal

A $17 million expansion meant to help alternative high school students focus on building a business or science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) focused career opened Thursday.

The 98,000 square-foot space at the Englewood School District's Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice was designed by Slaterpaull / Hord Coplan Macht, a Denver architectural firm, and built by Centennial-based Haselden Construction LLC. Read more.

Adele Willson Featured in Boulder County Business Report Article re: Makerspaces

Makerspaces’ school role picks up STEAM

by Dallas Heltzell on March 6, 2015

In Fort Collins, a robotic turtle draws fancy designs on paper and communicates wirelessly to a laptop in hopes of coming up with a logo. In Broomfield, young builders convert some pieces of wood and a bag of parts into a miniature catapult. In Boulder, budding hackers share their coding secrets in search of the latest app. In Longmont, tinkerers sculpt elegant pieces of pottery. In Loveland, middle-school-age “Foam Fighters” prepare sophisticated model airplane kits for sale, then move on to high school where they build surveillance aircraft for law enforcement.

Makerspaces have come a long way.

They started simply as places where budding entrepreneurs and inventors could socialize as they prototyped and tested their wares. But in a few short years, their value as hands-on crucibles for the STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics – education so much in demand globally has led school districts to invest in time and talent to turn garage hobbies into learning experiences. The educational value has become so institutionalized that in Lafayette, the private Alexander Dawson School and the architect designing its master plan are exploring the idea of incorporating a specially built makerspace into its new construction.

“We’ve intentionally tried to make space for creativity, for hands-on, project-based learning,” said Adele Willson, principal architect at Denver-based Slaterpaull | Hord Coplan Macht. “We’d need to build in space for such things as 3-D printers and milling machines” – as well as the electrical and fiberoptic capacity to support them.

“We’d also have interior glass so kids walking by can look in and see what’s going on,” Willson said. “Maybe that would encourage more of them to consider engineering and other fields.”

Dawson already has an after-school robotics program that uses the school’s physics lab, she said, “But it’s not really suited for what they’re doing.”

A final decision will be made this spring about whether a makerspace will be added to the master plan, Willson said, adding that Dawson’s educators have “a very expeditionary focus for their learning.”

In Loveland, the expedition is well under way.

Jacob Marshall was a wood shop teacher eight years ago who built hobbyist projects in his garage that attracted curious neighborhood kids. Now he’s teaching design as part of the International Baccalaureate program at Lucille Erwin Middle School in Loveland – but after school he mentors his MESA (Math, Education and Science Achievement) “Foam Fighters” in a makerspace at the school as they turn what he called “standard Dollar Tree foam board” into model aircraft – then package them into kits and fill a mounting number of orders for them, in the process learning not only aeronautics and manufacturing but entrepreneurship as well.

“We have a full-on company,” Marshall said. “We have three departments: the engineering department, where the kids are actually researching, designing and producing the product; the product-fulfillment department, where they keep track of materials and inventory; and the video prediction department, where they shoot videos of the Foam Fighters’ work as well as how-to segments and post them on a YouTube channel.

It costs $4 to build each kit, which the kids sell to Garrett Hultgren for his Altitude Hobbies store in Fort Collins, and then he retails them for $35 – and orders more from the Foam Fighters. The students use the money they make to buy things such as building materials, video enhancement and packaging.

His “company” has had to keep success in perspective, though, Marshall said.

“Even though we’ve generated over $1,000 in revenue, we’ve had to keep true to what we are – a makerspace,” he said. “We’ve had to tell people, ‘We’re not a sweatshop. Remember, we’re just a school. We can’t just make kits!’ ”

It’s not just kits at the next level. Every Wednesday after classes, Marshall’s “elite” makers at Loveland High School have been building four-rotor, battery-powered reconnaissance aircraft that can be mounted with cameras and used by the Northern Colorado Bomb Squad. One student even built an aircraft shaped like the Batman symbol.

“We’ve gotten a $10,000 grant from OtterCares” – the charitable arm of Fort Collins-based Otter Products Inc. – “just for the entrepreneurial piece,” Marshall said. “We’ve had students graduate and go on to college and major in aeronautical or mechanical engineering.”

Similar ventures are being launched in other school systems, such as the St. Vrain Valley district’s Innovation Center and Weld County’s Summit after-school program, as well as through the Poudre Valley Library District. Schools also are making use of existing makerspaces.

Students haven’t yet crowded adult entrepreneurs out, however. For them, membership in a makerspace means not having to invest in tools, machinery or manufacturing space. As Jamie Leben, director of CreatorSpace in Loveland, said, “It makes so much sense instead of spending money on a tool you might not use that much.”

CreatorSpace and most others, such as TinkerMill in Longmont, the Solid State Depot hackerspace in Boulder and The Gizmo Dojo in Broomfield, are nonprofit, member-driven spaces equipped with various loaned or donated tools and machinery where creative people can gather to explore and create art and technology together. Or as Ron Thomas, executive director of TinkerMill, put it, “It’s part office space, part communal space.”

TinkerMill, which Thomas said is the largest makerspace in Colorado and surrounding states at 8,500 square feet, is the perfect fit for Longmont because, he said, “it’s a moderately sized, technologically interested city.” It has 170 paying members and 800 people active in its meetup group – people Thomas described as “artists, scientists, engineers and others working on any project you can think of.

“We have lawyers, Ph.D.s, materials scientists – and even third-graders,” he said. “A pretty broad spectrum of folks working together.” View article.

Glen Tipton Authors Urban Senior Living Article for Colorado Real Estate Journal

Why design urban senior living?

01 December 2014 | Posted in Multifamily, Denver Market, Assisted Living/Senior Housing

Glen Tipton
Principal, SlaterPaull | Hord Coplan Macht

We are seeing an increasing trend toward designing and building senior living communities in more urban areas. Why? A multitude of reasons, including preferences by seniors to be more engaged and less sedentary. Many are opting to live in close proximity to their younger family members and in walking distance to cultural, recreational and social amenities such as restaurants, museums, theaters, fitness centers and shops and near top-notch medical facilities.

According to the U.S. Census, the over-65 population is expected to reach 55 million by 2020. The Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report cited, “The attraction of urbanization is again reflected in the high rating received by infill and in-town housing. This perennial first-place choice for best prospects is followed by seniors’ housing and the single-family sector.”  The report ranked senior housing third in terms of development prospects, second to infill/in-town housing.

Read Tipton's entire article in the upcoming Dec. 17-Jan. 6 issue of the Colorado Real Estate Journal. View the blog post.

Adele Willson Featured in EdWeek Article re: Green Schools

See the EdWeek article featuring SLATERPAULL | HCM principal, Adele Willson, and her expertise on green schools.

Making School Districts More Green: Advice from Experts

By Madeline Will on October 30, 2014 9:35 AM

"A growing number of schools across the country are seeking to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly—and districts in Colorado are at the forefront of the movement, according to experts on a press call Wednesday.

Adele Willson, principal at a Denver-based architect firm SLATERPAULL | HCM, said her firm has worked with schools implementing many of those features. She said it's important to schedule training sessions with teachers and staff members so they understand what the energy-efficient features do and why they're important." Read more.

Baltimore Sun Covers SLATERPAULL | HCM Partnership

Baltimore architecture firm looks to Rockies

By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore architecture firm founded in 1977 by two Park School graduates and a friend has nearly doubled in size in the last two years, making its most ambitious bid for greater reach last month when it announced the expansion of its footprint to Colorado.

In two years, Hord Coplan Macht has opened an office in Alexandria, Va., wooed top talent to its ranks, and worked to merge with smaller Denver-based SLATERPAULL.

The growth has brought employee count at the firm — which worked on Fells Point's Union Wharf apartments, Towson University's new SECU Arena, Morgan State University's Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies and the West Shore Park, among other projects — to 180, up from about 100 just two years ago.

"We didn't sit down and say, 'Let's open up an office in the Rocky Mountain region someday, but we did make a strategic decision that being 100 and some people in one region … was — not risky, but rather restrictive to us," said CEO Lee Coplan, 63, one of the firm's three founders.

The partnership with SLATERPAULL, which has a strong practice in education, will allow Hord Coplan Macht to expand geographically, building from SLATERPAULL's base into its other areas of expertise, Coplan said.

"Our strategy, if there is a strategy, is not to necessarily expand our services or to get into new building types, but rather to get deeper in our knowledge base, with additional people or research," he said.

Employment in architecture, engineering and related services peaked in 2008, with 1.44 million jobs nationwide, including 21,100 in the Baltimore region, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The local employment dropped to 19,600 in 2010 before recovering last year, when the number of jobs climbed to 21,300.

Hord Coplan Macht's mix of clients — which include health care, education, landscape architecture, multi-family apartments and senior living — helped it withstand the real estate industry's downturn, and press forward as the recovery began, in some sectors faster than others, said Rich Burns, an architect and member of the city's design review panel. It also provides a range of services, including architecture, planning, landscape architecture and design.

"It speaks to Hord Coplan Macht's business genius that they're very diversified," he said.

In 2009, Hord Coplan Macht absorbed employees from CSD Architects, which closed after 62 years as a result of the recession. SLATERPAULL, which will operate in Denver as SLATERPAULL |  Hord Coplan Macht, has roughly 50 employees.

The Baltimore region's central location on the East Coast has long served as a launching pad for architecture firms, such as RTKL and others, said Rob Brennan, president-elect of the AIA Baltimore chapter and principal at Brennan + Company Architects, based in Ellicott City.

"There is a history of small firms starting here and growing large," he said. "At some point a firm reaches a point where it has saturated a market with its presence and the only way to continue to grow is to move beyond that market."

Burns said Hord Coplan Macht, known for being attentive to clients, also boosted its reputation as a hub for top design, in part through its strategic hires, many of whom share ownership of the firm. For example, in 2008, Hord Coplan Macht hired Chris Harvey, now its design director, from Design Collective.

"We viewed it as poaching. They viewed it as being very smart and hiring the best people for the job," said Burns, who was a principal at Design Collective at the time.

Last year, Hord Coplan Macht had 250 active projects in the Baltimore and Washington markets, with two-thirds in the Baltimore area. Coplan declined to disclose the company's revenues, but Architectural Record reported in August that it had $22.7 million in design revenue in 2013, second only to Ayers Saint Gross' $29.8 million among Baltimore firms.

Warren Green, former president and CEO of Lifebridge Health, which owns Sinai, Northwest Hospital and Levindale, and worked repeatedly with Hord Coplan Macht, said the firm was not afraid to try new ideas, creating a space that reorganized emergency room care in Sinai's emergency center ER-7, completed in 1998.

"It was a really gratifying experience to be able to work with people who listened … carefully and stick their necks out a bit," he said.

As early as 1992, when Hord Coplan Macht had 18 employees and worked from an office in Charles Village, the firm looked to expand its range, temporarily merging with a larger firm based in San Francisco. Its offices are now downtown on Pratt Street.

Hord Coplan Macht made a cold call to SLATERPAULL about the possibility of joining forces, said James Pedler, the Denver firm's president. After a long courting process, the firms' cultural similarities brought them together, he said.

"We came to the conclusion that we really could be stronger together than each of us just proceeding the way we were," Pedler said.

At Hord Coplan Macht the culture of self-direction stems in part from the experience of being schooled at Park, which prides itself on a progressive approach to education, said Coplan, who met co-founder Carol Macht, a landscape architect, there in ninth grade. Ed Hord, the third founder, went to school at Washington University in St. Louis with Macht and later worked in Baltimore.

Park "was progressive in its approach to education and it worked well for people who were self-motivated and didn't work well for people who needed a lot of direction and guidance," Coplan said. "We are like that — if you are self-motivated and have a desire to grow professionally, we will give you the room and resources to do that."

The new possibilities out west won't take the firm away from its Baltimore beginnings, he added: "Our roots are here in Baltimore … and that won't change."

Colorado Real Estate Journal Covers Merger News

SlaterPaull, Hord merge

30 July 2014 | Posted in Construction, Design & Engineering

SlaterPaull Architects recently announced that it has merged with Hord Coplan Macht, a multidisciplinary firm out of Baltimore. The merger will create a full-service practice with offices in Denver, Baltimore and Alexandria, Va., that offers integrated architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, planning and historic preservation services. In the Denver office, the combined firm will do business as SlaterPaull Hord Coplan Macht and will continue to specialize in K-12 and higher education environments and historic preservation, with the addition of health care, multifamily and mixed-use markets and landscape architecture services.

“We share similar areas of expertise and cultures, as well as a strong sense of commitment to sustainable design, research and collaboration, which made this partnership a natural fit,” said Jamie Pedler, president and chief financial officer of SlaterPaull Architects. “We look forward to continuing to provide the same high level of service to our clients that we have delivered for the past 40 years with enhanced capabilities and expertise in additional project types.”

The new firm will include a total of 180 employees among the three offices. The Denver office of SlaterPaull Hord Coplan Macht will include approximately 50 employees at its location in the former fire station, Engine House No. 5, at 1331 19th St. in downtown Denver. Read more.


Denver-Based SLATERPAULL Architects Joins Forces with HCM to Create Multidisciplinary Practice


Denver, CO (July 24, 2014) – SLATERPAULL Architects announces that it has merged with Hord Coplan Macht (HCM), a multidisciplinary firm out of Baltimore, MD. The merger will create a full-service practice with offices in Denver, Baltimore and Alexandria, VA that offers integrated architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, planning and historic preservation services. In the Denver office, the combined firm will do business as SLATERPAULL |  Hord Coplan Macht and will continue to specialize in K-12 and higher education environments and historic preservation, with the addition of healthcare, multifamily and mixed use markets and landscape architecture services.


“We share similar areas of expertise and cultures, as well as a strong sense of commitment to sustainable design, research and collaboration, which made this partnership a natural fit,” says Jamie Pedler, president and CFO of SLATERPAULL Architects. “We look forward to continuing to provide the same high level of service to our clients that we have delivered for the past 40 years with enhanced capabilities and expertise in additional project types.”


The new firm will include a total of 180 employees among the three offices. The Denver office of SLATERPAULL  |  Hord Coplan Macht will include approximately 50 employees at its location in the former fire station, Engine House No. 5, at 1331 Nineteenth Street in downtown Denver.


“By combining our strengths, we can offer deeper expertise and a broader scope of services to our clients in more markets,” said Lee Coplan, CEO and founding partner of Hord Coplan Macht.  “Ultimately, that means we can have a bigger positive impact on the organizations and communities we serve.”


Leaders from both organizations will share in governing the combined firm. Jamie Pedler, Adele Willson and Jennifer Cordes of SLATERPAULL will join Hord Coplan Macht’s board of directors, with Lee Coplan remaining as CEO.


About SLATERPAULL Hord Coplan Macht

SLATERPAULL  | Hord Coplan Macht is a Denver-based architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design firm specializing in K-12 and higher education environments, and historic preservation, as well as healthcare, multifamily and mixed use projects. The firm’s roots stem from SLATERPAULL’s 40+ year architecture practice and dedication to creating community-enhancing environments that reflect the firm’s commitment to ‘Design for a Sustainable Future.’ For more information, visit

SLATERPAULL's Sustainable Design Manager, Ara Massey, Feature in Denver Business Journal

Making Their Mark: Ara Massey helps clients figure out building efficiency.

Ara Massey believes in challenging herself — in her work and the rest of her life.

After graduating from Colorado State University, with a bachelor’s degree in construction management, she went to work in the male-dominated construction industry. As head of sustainable design at SlaterPaull Architects Inc. in Denver, she has the complex job of helping clients figure out how efficient they want their buildings to be. For fun, she snowboards.

“In my job, you have to be flexible, nimble,” said Massey. “You have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. I’m always operating outside my comfort zone, and I’ve grown for it.”

At SlaterPaull, Massey helps customers get healthy, environmentally friendly structures that conserve energy, use less water, have good air quality and save money. Fiscal sustainability — creating long-term capital asset plans for clients — has become a major component of overall sustainability. She works with her firm’s project managers and principals to achieve those ends over the long term.

“We’re seeing a move to verification and performance — that a client is really getting the efficiency they want,” Massey said. “We don’t just design a building and go away. … We have more of an ongoing relationship with the client.”

Massey also manages SlaterPaull’s process for getting Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) and Collaborative for High School Performance (CHPS) certifications for projects. Both certifications are national rating systems that designate healthy, environmentally friendly buildings.

The architectural firm specializes in K-12 and higher education projects as well as historic preservation and building renovation.

SlaterPaull’s own office, located in the converted Engine House No. 5 firehouse in downtown Denver, received the first LEED Platinum rating for an historic building in Colorado, and Massey is responsible for tracking her firm’s energy consumption and savings. Platinum is the highest LEED rating.

This year, Massey served as a job captain for her firm’s The Green Apple Day of Service, which helps communities make schools healthier learning environments through service projects.

Massey also helped with SlaterPaull’s 2014 Green Challenge annual event, which runs from St. Patrick’s Day to Earth Day and encourages employees, friends and family to minimize their impact on natural resources by changing at least one personal habit for five weeks — riding a bicycle to work rather than driving a car, for example.

Massey’s work for the firm also played a role in SlaterPaull’s being named Green Business of the Year in 2013 by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

In the broader business community, Massey strives to make sustainability more widespread by working with the Denver 2030 District, a public/private partnership she helped create to make urban areas “greener” by assisting property owners/managers connect with local governments, businesses and others in the community. District goals range from reducing energy and water use to using transportation methods other than cars such as mass transit.

She also volunteers nationally with the Green Building Certification Institute, a nonprofit that administers LEED certifications and professional designations within the framework of the rating system’s creator, the U.S. Green Building Council, but is not part of the council.

Before going to SlaterPaull, Massey worked for nearly six years at Colorado Springs-based GE Johnson Construction Co. Inc., moving up from project engineer to estimator to sustainability engineer. One of the big challenges she faced in the construction field was gaining the trust and respect of mostly male colleagues.

Using resources such as the people and listening skills she acquired working as a bartender in college, she realized it was important to “align myself with excellence and to respect other people. … Being a hard worker is how you get accepted in the construction industry,” she said.

Role models who have taught her to overcome obstacles include her stepmother, who was vice president of an investment firm in Silicon Valley in the 1980s, and Shannon Rogers, a vice president at the Johnson firm and her former boss. Rogers showed Massey how to be a more effective listener and to get the best from others by treating them respectfully.

Jennifer Cordes, the SlaterPaull principal who works most closely with Massey, is one of her latest mentors. Massey said she respects Cordes for her ability to “stay focused on the prize” without letting ego get in the way and to “make everybody look good.”

Massey has become an influencer herself, passing along to others what she has gained from role models and her own challenges. “There’s another quality I’ve learned that’s aligned with success, and that’s grit, that willingness to go through something tough,” she said. “With people I mentor, I tell them they call it work because it is work.”

Ara Massey

Title: Sustainable design manager

Age: 34

Company: SlaterPaull Architects Inc.

Location: Denver

Phone: 303-607-0977






Industry: Architecture, specializing in development and construction of educational buildings and historic preservation

Education: Colorado State University

Favorite quote:“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” — English proverb

American School + University Magazine Features Valor Arts Building

Colorado high school breaks ground on new performing arts center

May 14, 2014 Jill Nolin

Construction will soon begin on a new visual and performing arts facility that will enable a Colorado high school to expand programming and teaching space.

Work on The Valor Center for Culture and Influence, which is expected to cost about $25 million, will start this month on the Valor Christian High School campus in Highlands Ranch near Denver. The expected completion date is next summer. 

The 83,000-square-foot, two-story center will provide space for a range of programming: instrumental and symphonic music, choral, jazz, dance, theater and stage craft classes, illustration, sculpture, design and photography.

The center will also include a 715-seat auditorium, a recording studio, dance studios, a black box theater, digital labs, small practice rooms and a television/broadcast studio.

Valor Christian High School, a college preparatory school in Highlands Ranch, expects its student population to reach 1,200 students in the next few years. 

SLATERPAULL Architects and Saunders Construction, Inc. will lead the design and construction team. LEED Gold certification is sought for the project.

“Our role as architect for the project is to blend the new Valor Center with the existing campus, while delivering innovative and highly creative spaces to allow students to explore the arts in a unique learning environment,” Adele Willson, a principal with SLATERPAULL Architects, said in a statement. See the article.

5280 Magazine Gives Shout-out to Valor Arts Building

Hey, Denver: Here's A Bunch of New Art Venues You Should Know About

By Daliah Singer

Valor Center for Culture and Influence

OK, so this isn't exactly an art gallery but at a time when many schools are having to cut (or have already slashed) art and music programs, we have to give a shout-out to Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch. Friday marked the groundbreaking of a 83,000-square-foot visual and performing arts center. The two-story building expands the school's arts offerings with additional teaching spaces for music, dance, and theater classes, a professional-level recording studio, a photography suite, a television/broadcast studio, and a 715-seat auditorium where the public can enjoy performances. See the post.

Ara Massey Authors Article for Colorado Real Estate Journal

Analyzing Your Building Performance From The Start

We know that thoughtfully designed, high-performance buildings typically have lower construction costs, reduced operating budgets, and provide for a healthier and more productive working or learning environment for occupants. We also know that energy costs continue to increase and that building owners and developers are subject to unknown inflation pressures. Read more.

CSU Bioengineering Building Featured in School Construction News

Colorado State University Opens Scott Bioengineering Building

"Colorado State University celebrated the grand opening of the Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building, bringing together various disciplines of biomedical engineering in a high-tech, energy conscious facility.SLATERPAULL Architects of Denver designed the $75 million building.

The design concept for the whole building was to create a building where the researchers and students would be brought together in common spaces to create energies amongst the group,” said Jennifer Cordes." Read the full article.

Adele Willson & Jennifer Cordes Author Article for DesignShare

SLATERPAULL principals, Adele Willson & Jennifer Cordes, have authored an article for DesignShare about technology's impact on classroom design and how to design flexible solutions for the 2.0 learning environment.



"Technology is undoubtedly having a major impact on every aspect of our lives and that includes today’s learning environments. It is shaping the way in which students learn, teachers deliver material and the way in which we design spaces for future learning opportunities." Read the entire article.

SLATERPAULL Completes CSU Bioengineering Building

SLATERPAULL Architects has completed the $75M, 122,000 SF bioengineering building on the Colorado State University (CSU) campus.  The new building contains classroom and high-tech research space, teaching labs, design studios and a 24-hour study space.  The project, which took two years to complete, was designed and built to LEED Gold standards. CSU engineering students were deeply involved in planning and designing the building. Read more.