PUEBLO, Colo. ― Members of DLR Group’s design team gathered with students, faculty, staff and community members on May 15 to officially kick off construction at Colorado State University Pueblo’s (CSU-Pueblo) Psychology building. Built in 1975, the building currently houses six departments in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and is one of the most popular facilities on campus. DLR Group’s design transforms the outdated building into a modern campus collaboration hub.
The design showcases a variety of academic spaces such as new classrooms and labs, as well as a new social commons area. Soft seating and group breakout areas in the social commons help break down traditional silos between the College of Humanities and Social Sciences departments and encourage increased teamwork. To capitalize on new window openings and create daylighting and campus views, office spaces for faculty and adjunct staff are planned along the building exterior. In addition, upgrades to building and technology systems create a more comfortable learning environment for students and faculty.
“Our design enhances the building’s presence off the Paseo, which is the main pedestrian circulation spine on campus,” remarked DLR Group Principal Bob Binder, AIA. “The open, transparent two-story addition also draws sunlight deep into the building, creating a bright and inviting space for students and visitors alike.”
Facility upgrades include a 5,450 SF expansion to accommodate future enrollment growth, and renovation of 45,000 SF of existing space. The $12.8 million project is expected to complete in time for the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year. The design-build team also includes H.W. Houston Construction.
DLR Group is an integrated design firm delivering architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse.