About 25 people attended a community meeting on the Colorado School of Mines campus on Sept. 18 to learn about the university’s future construction projects and to receive an update on the progress …
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About 25 people attended a community meeting on the Colorado School of Mines campus on Sept. 18 to learn about the university’s future construction projects and to receive an update on the progress of the projects already underway.
The projects align with Mines’ Master Plan. To learn more about the Master Plan, visit www.mines.edu/masterplan/.
Here is a recap of what was presented at the meeting:
Construction projects in progress
Green Center — Renovations to the Green Center are nearly complete. In fact, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra will be returning to the Green Center for its 2019-2020 season beginning with its Holiday Concert on Dec. 8.
Green Center projects included a new roof, asbestos abatement, installing chiller pipes to serve as a central cooling center and other interior updates and improvements.
Parking Garage I — Construction of Mines’ first parking garage is about 30% complete and the school is now anticipating project completion in the summer 2020. Until then, expect some early morning construction.
Parking Garage I is located at 13th and Maple streets. It will be four levels with 760 parking spaces and 23,000 square feet of classroom/office space.
One condition that the city set, prior to Mines building the parking garage, was that the university had to open up a section of 14th Street to help with traffic impacts through one of Golden’s neighborhood historic districts, which roughly consists of 11th to 13th streets. This project is expected to be complete by the time the garage opens next summer, but in the meantime, residents can expect some scheduled street closures.
Spruce Residential Hall — Spruce Hall will be a student residential building that provides traditional dorm-style living for Mines’ freshmen students. Located at 18th/19th and Illinois streets, just west of the Starzer Welcome Center, it is expected to be 110,000 square feet with five floors.
Spruce Hall is currently under construction and is about 35% complete. It is on schedule for a summer 2020 completion.
Jackson Residential Hall — Jackson Hall, 1750 Jackson St., will be apartment-style housing for sophomores and upperclassmen students. It will be a four-story building with 107 dwelling units, 4,000 square feet of commercial space and will include about 180 underground parking spaces.
Construction is underway and is on schedule for completion in spring 2020.
This building is a partnership between Mines and the Golden-based developers Confluence Companies.
Projects in planning
Sub-Surface Frontiers Research Building — Back in October 2018, Mines and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) entered a partnership that would bring about 150 federal scientists to the Mines campus. The Sub-Surface Frontiers Research Building is in addition to the USGS’ Geologic Hazards Science Center and its National Earthquake Information Center already on Mines campus.
The Sub-Surface Frontiers Research Building will be located along 18th Street at approximately Cheyenne Street.
Schematic design is finished for the building, and it is expected to feature a parking facility, courtyard and a café that will be open to the Golden community.
Construction is expected to begin in spring 2020, for an anticipated USGS move-in date of March 2022.
Parking Garage II — Mines is in preliminary planning for a second parking garage on campus that will also include a business incubator component.
Initial ideas are for the building be located at Washington Avenue between 17th and 18th streets, and for it to be seven levels — including one-and-a-half underground and one as the rooftop — that provide 820 parking spaces.
However, it is still in design phase, and Mines plans to host monthly community update meetings as the project progresses.
Early childhood education center — Plans to add an early childhood education center to the Mines campus are coming along. It will be located at Tangent Way and 18th Street in Mines Park.
The daycare would be available to all Mines students, faculty and staff, and would be able to provide care for 82 children — infants to pre-k and school age children during vacation periods.
Though it is still early in design, it is expected to be about 12,000 square feet and two stories, at the most.
Possible future projects
South campus — Mines is in the beginning stages of looking at development on the southside of campus, which is in the vicinity of 19th Street and U.S. 6.
There will likely be additional parking, as well as a mixed-use building which could be used as a hotel/conference center or the arts.
No planning has been done and all concepts are just ideas at this point. It is expected that a feasibility study for potential building uses will be completed this December.
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