Red Rocks Community College Community Room Relocation
Lakewood, Colo.
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Owner: Red Rocks Community College
Lead Design Firm: Yon Tanner Architecture
General Contractor: W.E. O’Neil Construction Co. of Colorado
Structural Engineer: Studio 818 Engineering
MEP Engineer: McGrath Engineering
Electrical Engineer: Corey Electrical Engineering

This renovation of classroom and public areas at Red Rocks created a new space that’s conveniently located near major services and centrally located for students, staff and visitors. Technology services have been markedly improved in the new location, which allows a nearly 25% increase in the size of the community room.

All work had to be completed within a fully operational college. The addition of a second-story structural-steel floor infill on an existing building that was not designed for such a purpose presented a major challenge. The team responded by installing an independent, deep foundation system within and underneath the existing floor structure, essentially created a building within a building.

The project was completed in four phases so the campus could remain open, with classroom and library renovations occurring during scheduled semester breaks. The team established a physical separation between the operational campus and the active jobsite by creating barriers with wayfinding signage. The project was delivered with zero recordables and no lost-time accidents.

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