DENVER — When CU Denver held its spring commencement on Saturday May 14th, Auraria Higher Education Center finally realized its long term goal of creating a showplace for outdoor events and casual gatherings on its Denver Campus.
The CU Denver ceremony was the first event hosted on the newly renovated Tivoli Commons and Quadrangle adjacent to the Tivoli Student Union.
Construction Manager/General Contractor Pinkard Construction Company – with Wenk Associates of Denver as the primary designer – conducted the two-phased re-development on the Auraria Higher Education Campus (AHEC). The project included the build-out of a tiered patio adjacent to the Tivoli, a multipurpose natural grass quadrangle, site, infrastructure, and stormwater modifications.
Phase one was the development of the tiered patio, demolition of the softball infrastructure, and fencing, and modification of the softball field and irrigation to create an irrigated natural turf quad with permeable and unit paver installation, a beer garden, stair and ramp access from existing building, site and activity lighting, new storm sewer lines, a new detention pond with decks and landscaping, new transformer for event electrical requirements, utility and stormwater infrastructure.
Phase two included roadway and streetscape build out of Larimer, 11th and Walnut Street, sidewalks, paver systems, 75 new bollards, utility and storm water infrastructure, site / activity lighting and site finishes / amenities.
Phase one construction cost was $3.3 million; phase two was $3.2 million.
Pinkard provided extensive preconstruction services to assist the owner with budget and scope development during design.
CU Denver’s morning commencement ceremony at the Tivoli Commons and Quadrangle honored approximately 1,800 graduates from 21 different countries and 39 U.S. states. While many large universities hold individual events to recognize their graduates, CU Denver is one of the few large, public universities left to personally honor each graduate by reading their names at commencement.
About Pinkard Construction: With 53 years headquartered in the Colorado Front Range, Pinkard Construction Company is a design-build and CM/GC leader in Colorado higher education projects. Since the year 2000, Pinkard has provided CM/GC services for 26 higher education projects across Colorado. The Auraria project is Pinkard’s first project on the AHEC campus since the Auraria Parking Facility project in 1990.