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  Colorado State University Academic & Training CenterColorado State University - Academic & Training Center


Aller-Lingle-Massey Architects, P.C.
712 Whalers Way, #B100, Fort Collins, CO 80525

General Description

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Date Bid: Aug 2008 Construction Period: Sep 2008 to Aug 2009
Total Square Feet: 17,136 Site: Number of Buildings: One.
LEED® Gold
Building Size: First floor, 17,136; total, 17,136 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 20’; total, 20’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel frame, Bar Joist
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade, spread footing, grade beam. Exterior Walls: Storefront, stucco, stone veneer. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage: KBTU/SF/yr.: 71.9.

LEED® Points Achieved
Sustainable Sites
Water Efficiency
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
Innovation Design Process

43 Total







Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers - 12499 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80215
General Contractor: Saunders - 6950 South Jordan Road, Centennial, CO 80112
Mechanical Engineer: The Ballard Group, Inc. - 2525 W. Wadsworth Boulevard, Lakewood, CO 80227
Electrical Engineer: Innovative Electrical Systems, Inc. - 7550 West Yale, #B130, Denver, CO 80227
Cost Estimator: Capstone Planning and Control - 11001 West 120th Avenue, Broomfield, CO 80021

The Colorado State University Athlete Student Learning and Weight/Training Center was part of a two-prong project that also included a new Indoor Practice Facility located in a different location. The CSU Athletic Director wanted a center that supported his philosophy that the University was to simultaneously develop the student athlete into an athlete of strong mind and of strong body. The learning center and the training center were constructed adjacent to each other and connected with a central corridor spine. This spine has large expanses of glass providing a visual connection between each space. As the student athlete is training in the Training Center, they can visually see the Academic Learning Center reminding them of this dichotomy and what they are striving to achieve. The spine is lined with etched glass photos tracing the rich history of Colorado State University athletics through the years. At the focal point of the spine is a large 32 - x 5-foot mosaic digitized painting, by local graphic artist Susie Sell, of the Big Horn Ram school mascot adhered to 8- x 8-inch tile and framed with hammered copper.

The new facility is an addition to the existing basketball Moby Arena that contains other athletic support functions such as the locker rooms. It is in line to be LEED® Gold Certified. It has high visibility being located at a primary student access entrance to the campus. The exterior has large areas of glass in the study and training areas, alternating with local natural stone and stucco where less light is needed such as in the computer study area and tutor offices. These large glass areas create a strong connection to the outdoor practice fields to the South with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains to the West. At night these glass wall planes become lanterns of light. To the front of the academic learning space, is a large patio accessible from the interior only. This "front porch" is what welcomes the students to the university athletic program and expands the learning area to the exterior. Additionally, a limestone stone monolith that has a mascot logo sandblasted into an 8- x 8-foot smooth stone surface, accentuates the entrance.

The learning side of the addition consists of a large study area, 5 tutor rooms, a computer area, and an office area. The office area has visual control of the study, computer areas and tutor rooms. The training room has a sound system that required acoustical separation from the study area. One of the most interesting technologies incorporated in the interior is the ground glass aggregate concrete floor in the corridors. The recycled green glass matches the school colors and is polished to a shiny smooth surface requiring no concrete sealers and little maintenance.

This building has already seen an increase in student academic achievements, and has had a positive impact on athlete recruiting. As Associate Athletic Director Doug Max said, it is a facility with the "WOW" factor.

Product Information
Insulated Wall Panels: Metl-Span
Roofing: Firestone
Synthetic Turf:
Field Turf
Basketball Court: Robinson
Weight Room: Mondo
Entrances & Storefronts: Manko,
Student Athlete Learning & Training Center:
Daylighting: Kalwall

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