Project DescriptionThe General Classroom Building (GCB) at Colorado State University – Pueblo was completed in the fall of 2015 and is a new 3 story, 45,000 GSF building. The program includes a variety of sizes and types of classrooms, as well as faculty and staff support offices and conferencing space for the general educational program delivery. The building also includes student oriented break out and small group meeting spaces, kitchenettes, workrooms, and shower rooms. The GCB is initially home to many of the general education 1st and 2nd year departmental courses offered in the Psychology Building and taken by most students, reinforcing the initial impressions and educational experience of the University. A primary goal of the Ownership Design Committee was to create a “Great Student Experience” for these new college students.
The first two floors of the building are student oriented and offer a variety of types of classrooms that include two large, 135 person, tiered lecture auditoriums; two tiered 75 seat lecture classrooms; four 50 seat classrooms and computer labs, as well as student meeting spaces. The third floor is mostly dedicated to general faculty offices, the CHASS Dean’s suite, and a new Center for Transformational Learning.
The GCB is located to the west of the primary campus academic spine, or ‘paseo’, and another primary goal was to assure that the siting and design of the new building was integrated into the rest of campus, and avoid feeling isolated from the main campus spine. This building location is the first anchor on a planned east-west paseo development identified in the campus master plan, which will become the west campus entrance point. The new building accommodates pedestrian traffic from the south and west parking spaces, from the north residence halls, and the campus paseo.
The GCB is pursuing LEED GOLD certification. The project was delivered using Design/Build. The project began under SLATERPAULL Architects, who merged with Hord Coplan Macht in July 2014.