Community College of Aurora
Building #859 of the HEAT Campus at Lowry was being used as classroom space for a variety of the Community College of Aurora’s programs. To provide adequate teaching laboratories, approximately 15,000 SF of this space was converted for the Chemistry, Biology, and Physics Departments.
Studio DH Architecture worked extensively with faculty and administration during the schematic design and design development phases to program the laboratories to meet specific user needs. Additionally, the design of the laboratories reflects the College’s need for flexible space to accommodate the variety of programs which may be instituted in the future.
The academic program for this campus includes Dental & Medical Assisting, Pharmacy & Surgery Tech, and Medical Billing. The new design incorporates supporting faculty and administrative spaces, as well as student counseling and financial aid offices.
Including a standard classroom, art room, and physical fitness space, Studio DH Architecture designed a building to reflect the style of the existing campus buildings, embracing their lodge heritage. Set into a steep hillside, the grade change was utilized to partially bury the large mass of the gymnasium, allowing it to fit in with the residential scale of the nearby buildings.