Engineering faculty in metal and glass

The new CoorsTek Centre at the Colorado School of Mines, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in association with Anderson Mason Dale Architects, is now complete. The new centre is an education and research facility dedicated to

connecting students, faculty, researchers, and industry professionals. Located in Golden, Colorado, the four-storey building is said to be a “significant milestone in a multigenerational partnership” between the school, regarded as the world’s leading institution for mineral and mining engineering, the Coors family, and CoorsTek, a leader in technical ceramics manufacturing. The building’s design employs massing and materiality to connect

to the site’s historic context and the surrounding landscape, said the architects. The metal and glass facade is vertically punctuated by service cores clad in dark masonry, “which help to anchor the building’s entrances.” Floating horizontal masonry panels made of the signature pale brick used extensively throughout the campus add visual interest and “introduce a forward-looking aesthetic utilising the historical palette.” The north west facade, which fronts the campus green, consists of

full-height glazing at Level 1, and vertical glass panels and metal fins at Levels 2 and 3 that float above and modulate, as influenced by the building’s interior programme. The need for general classroom space “provided an opportunity

to draw students and faculty of all disciplines through the building.” Media-intensive ‘Active Learning’ rooms are flexible and can be rearranged for group work and discussions as curriculum dictates. Outside, a lively promenade with panoramic visual connections to the campus green incorporates seating and collaborative work areas of various scales, “offering opportunities for both planned and chance encounters.” These spaces “emulate tech workplaces to create an open, dynamic environment that will prepare students for post-college work life,” said the designers. They added: “CoorsTek’s complex programmatic requirements,

contrasted by the general classroom spaces on the main level, define the building’s organisational logic.” While Level 1 is made available to the entire campus, Levels 2 and 3 contain dedicated teaching and research laboratories, and faculty and graduate student offices. Additional lab spaces with specific lighting, sound, or vibration requirements are tucked below grade.


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