University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) Ent Center for the Arts is nearing its scheduled January 2018 completion. The 8,500-square meter arts center boasts five venues, rehearsal studios, classrooms, practice rooms, balconies and gardens. The unique building intentionally looks different from existing architecture on the UCCS campus.
“Part of it is that the campus really wants to create a gateway,” said Chris Wineman, principal of Semple Brown architects of Denver, which designed the Ent Center. “It’s a highly visible marker because this is going to be an area of growth for UCCS, and because the building is going to serve the public and the students. They didn’t feel it had to have the same brick as buildings on campus. It could be a departure.” Community partners that hope to use the center include Colorado Springs Dance Theatre, Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, among many others.
Despite being located over 1 mile above sea level in the beautiful, mountainous Colorado Springs, the designers still wanted to consider for the indoor air quality issues that may still arise, even in these pristine outdoor conditions. UCCS management took into consideration the success of AtmosAir with providing reduced odor, allergen and bacteria environments for performers in similar locations such as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and multiple training facilities for college and professional athletes throughout the US. AtmosAir has been installed throughout the building to make the space immediately able to be occupied following renovation by removing VOCs and odors. On an ongoing basis, they are excited about AtmosAir reducing allergens and bacteria that may impact the comfort and performance of their performers and audiences.
Design of the UCCS Ent Center for the Arts is led by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, New York, with Semple Brown Design, Denver, serving as the architect of record. JE Dunn Construction, Colorado Springs, is general contractor for the building. Bryan Construction, Colorado Springs, was general contractor overseeing the design/build of the infrastructure improvements.
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