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Colorado School of Mines Student Rec Center

Colorado School of Mines Student Rec Center

Golden, CO, USA

Colorado School of Mines

110,000 Sq. Ft.

Higher Education, Public Projects, Recreation, Gymnasium, Climbing Wall, Administration, State of Colorado Contract, Indoor Pool, Occupied, Ground Up

The new student recreation center serves educational, recreational and athletic student programs on the School of Mines campus. Scope of work included extensive site development and a 110,000 gsf center including:

Competition gymnasium

Recreation gymnasium

Multiple fitness areas

Climbing wall

Indoor competition/recreation pool

Student and team locker rooms


Multi-purpose meeting rooms

Casual lounge spaces

Outdoor rec program headquarters

A central upper-level concourse provides spectator access to the competition gymnasium and allows students to move through the building on their way to work out or attend classes.

The lower level entry is oriented to a primary campus intersection, emphasizing the building's prominence as a component of campus life.

The site, which is adjacent to the existing Student Center, create an important campus link to future on-campus housing and the recently completed Greek housing areas.

During value engineering, Pinkard identified over $2.5 million worth of items to reduce the estimated construction cost.

The structure is structural steel and load-bearing masonry. Exterior walls are masonry, metal panel, and a variety of exterior glazing systems. Mechanical systems are rooftop air handling units with indirect evaporative cooling.

For sustainable design/"green" components, particular attention was given to daylighting combined with dimming controllers, efficient steam chillers and heating systems, and an efficiency plan configuration that minimizes both heat gain and heat loss.

The project was designed and built on an accelerated, fast track, multiple-bid package basis.

Construction Expertise

Pinkard Rises to Any Pool Construction Challenge


Pool and Natatorium Constuction

Recreation Construction

Higher Education Construction

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