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Thanks to our more than 75 higher education projects for public and private institutions across Colorado, Pinkard excels at safely negotiating the challenges of working on occupied campuses and providing for the safety of students, staff, and faculty. Our 31 State of Colorado higher education projects have solidly equipped us to efficiently handle the State of Colorado amendment process, contingent compliance notices, and returning contingencies to our clients. Our experience includes athletic facilities, office buildings, research laboratories, student housing, parking structures, and classroom facilities.
Our Higher Education Experience, By The Numbers
$524 M Total
3M Sq. Ft. Built
CSU Warner College of Natural Resources
Located on CSU's main campus, the Michael Smith Warner College of Natural Resources (MSWCNR) addition and renovation will add four stories and approximately 42,800 gsf of new space to the south of the existing building.
The project will house flipped classrooms, instructional laboratories, a Student Success Center, an outdoor terrace, offices, and meeting/collaboration spaces.
The MSWCNR addition is centered around the needs of the students, from the large auditorium to the flexible teaching labs to the "treehouse," a collaboration studio convertible to an outdoor terrace.
The facility has been designed to tell the story of natural resources, create a teaching tool for students and faculty, and root the project to the place. Natural materials (stone and wood) and natural elements (sun and wind) are incorporated throughout the student experience with an emphasis on building collaboration, curiosity and community.
The addition will serve as the focus of community outreach and student engagement, and it will allow the college to grow its reach, enrich education, propel discovery, and increase its impact on the world.
Pinkard and 4240 Architecture were awarded the lump sum design-build contract following a lengthy design-build competition that included numerous collaborative design-build workshops with CSU, the College, and its many user groups. The award was based upon the best value proposition that included design aesthetics, add alternates, and final price.
Red Rocks Community College Rec Center
This 38,000 square foot hard bid project includes the construction of a new student recreation center addition to the main building at Red Rocks' Lakewood campus, and 3,000 sf of renovations in the existing building.
The new two-story building includes a gymnasium, climbing and bouldering wall, exercise studios, cardio/strength equipment spaces, outdoor fitness deck, meeting rooms, offices and student gathering areas.
The new facility is structural steel and load bearing masonry with glass curtainwall, brick, and translucent panel/plastic resin exterior skin, and will feature a radiant in-floor heating system.
The renovation encompasses the existing Fitness Center, which will be transformed into meeting space and a catering kitchen, along with an east entry retrofit.
Site work included grading/earthwork, upgrades to the existing athletic field, drainage, utilities, and landscaping, while maintaining access and services to the existing buildings.
Pinkard's final bid came in $2 million below Red Rocks' budget.
The project is the result of a planning and feasibility study, and a vote by the Red Rocks student body, which approved a fee increase to support the facility. A planning committee consisting of RRCC student government members and RRCC staff brought the project to fruition.
CSU South College Avenue Parking Garage
CSU's South College Avenue Parking Garage is a 222,000 square foot, 662-car, four-story precast structure on the southeast corner of the CSU campus.
The garage boasts a solar-panel-ready roof, and the latest parking technology, including color-coded lights that indicate open parking spaces. Digital entrance signs alert parkers to the number of spaces open on each level, thus reducing vehicle emissions associated with circling the garage looking for open spaces. The garage also sports six charging stations for electric vehicles.
Pay-per-hour spaces are linked to WayToPark, an app that provides users with a quick, online payment option that accepts credit cards.
The new parking structure is serviced by two elevators and features a sandstone veneer exterior with curtainwall systems at each of the three structural steel stair cores. Foundations are cast-in-place with drilled piers.
The new structure repurposes a surface lot located between College Avenue and Mason Street, and Lake and Pitkin streets, adjacent to the Alumni Center and University Square. It provides access to the MAX, the Oval, and the future medical center.
This design-build project with H+L Architecture featured a guaranteed maximum price at the RFP stage and required the Pinkard/H+L design-build team to develop DD-level bridging documents to the fixed GMP.
The project was completed on time and under budget.
Construction was conducted on a tight site amid considerable pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
CSU Moby Arena Renovation & Addition
Moby Arena was a 41,000 sf, three-phased project consisting of expansions of the north and south concourses, a significant sports medicine/training room expansion, and other renovations/buildouts throughout the arena. Four smaller concurrent concessions and restroom sub-phases were included to minimize disruptions to arena operations.
This north concourse work includes a new entry, new concessions, restrooms, and eight new ticket booths.
The south concourse addition includes a 5,000 sf banquet hall complete with a kitchen for game day activities and special events. Ticket booths were also added on the south side of the arena.
Other Moby Arena renovations include the men's and women's basketball locker rooms and player lounge areas.
Pinkard also conducted a major renovation and expansion of the sports medicine facility, plus renovations of offices, a conference room, examination rooms, a new hydrotherapy pool room and rehabilitation area, and a renovated treatment room.
The building additions have been designed to meet the High-Performance Building Standards as well as the University Aesthetic Guidelines.
Moby Arena dates back 50 years. It is home to Ram basketball and volleyball. The 8,745-seat, whale-shaped venue is used throughout the year and is one of the unique playing facilities in the nation.
CSU Morgan Library Renovation and Addition
CSU's William E. Morgan Library renovation/addition project is a 5,000 sf, two-story addition and a 130,000 sf four-story renovation.
The renovation portion included remodels on three floors and the basement, with major mechanical upgrades including new air handling units, dual duct boxes, and upgrading pneumatic controls to new direct digital controls system.
Other renovation components included an entry stairwell reconfiguration, restroom upgrades, new information/ reservation desk, and new flooring, finishes and ceilings.
The two-story plus partial basement addition connects to the existing building on the north side via an enclosed, one-story connector walkway. The addition is cast-in-place concrete with an extensive grade-to-roof glass curtain wall on all four sides and a TPO membrane roof. It features extensive commons space on both floors to provide group study space, restrooms, and a printing center.
A plaza renovation upgrades stormwater and sanitary sewer lines and reconfigures landscaping with new paving and seat walls.
To accommodate campus activities, the project was broken into 12 construction phases, with the most potentially disruptive activities conducted during the summer term. The completed facility incorporates: Additional group study space and seating, 24 hour study and computing space, Information commons facilities with digital production studios for students and faculty, Sustainable lighting in public areas, Exhibit and performance space, and Collaboratory and Energy Lab meeting space
The "Cube" addition is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified.
CSU Behavioral Sciences Building
The new Behavioral Sciences Building office facility contains approximately 25,000 sf of office space on three floors, along with classrooms, lecture halls, group study spaces, a large wi-fi study lounge, and a partial basement. Pinkard performed extensive quality control, constructability analysis, and in-house Building Information Modeling (BIM) services to construct CSU’s newest “gateway” office and academic building. Thanks to very few change orders and aggressive contingency management, we were able to return over 87% of the bidding contingency and 50% of the construction contingency to the owner prior to construction completion. To ensure quality on 54,000 sf of raised flooring, Pinkard constructed a mock-up that incorporated key details and penetrations. Meetings were held to instruct crews on procedures and expectations for proper installation. Pinkard assigned a full-time QC person to inspect caulking details at the perimeter of the system and all penetrations to ensure air-tightness. During construction, the floor was protected with masonite laid over sheets of plastic. Mock-ups for exterior stone, window, and curtain wall interfaces helped Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects (BWG) and CSU decide on stone patterning and color, and to refine watertight details. The weekly site walks with CSU and BWG, sometimes lasting three or more hours, were valuable in identifying deficiencies and correcting them in real time.