CSU-Pueblo Occhiato Student Center
Pueblo, CO

Project Details

Higher Education

Colorado State University Pueblo
March 2018
Completion Date
131,900 sq. ft.
Hord Coplan Macht

As Colorado State University – Pueblo continues to grow in enrollment, so does the need for innovative spaces that enhance and facilitate student life activities. The student center, originally built in 1974, was transformed into an open, dynamic and technologically-advanced facility. The upgraded building provides the campus with an attractive and functional gathering place that supports student retention, attracts new students and invites the greater community to CSU-Pueblo.

The 25,000 sq.ft. addition includes a major ballroom, pre-function lounge and a new main kitchen to support food services. The renovation of the 109,000 sq.ft. existing facility features a new University bookstore, modern dining facilities including a wide variety of residential and retail dining options, student lounges, administrative and student organization offices, state-of-the-art conference rooms and revamped entrances at the south and west ends of the building.

This complex, three phase project was delivered within budget, ahead of schedule, with no down time utilizing the Design-Build delivery method. Working around a fully occupied college campus required significant mobilization and temporary relocation of spaces prior to beginning the renovation. Construction was segmented into three main phases, keeping the University bookstore and student cafeteria in full operation for the duration of construction. In keeping with the University’s commitment to sustainability, the project was constructed to a minimum of LEED Gold Standard.

  • Completed Three Months Ahead of Schedule Utilizing Lean Construction Techniques
  • Multi-Phase Project, Keeping the Bookstore and Cafeteria in Operation During Construction
  • Construction On a Fully Occupied College Campus
  • Constructed to a Minimum of LEED© Gold Standard
“Construction detail was completed to the quality standards of the University's specifications. The ongoing support provided during the commissioning and warranty phases for the cutting edge HVAC and lighting systems is appreciated, and will lead to a successful energy-efficient performance of the new facility. ”
John Barnosky Director of Planning and Construction - CSU-Pueblo