University Center, Western State Colorado University

As the heart of campus life at Western State, the University Center is warm and welcoming during frigid Rocky Mountain winters and provides engaging outdoor spaces for year-round use.

Gunnison, CO
69,000 SF


With overnight diurnal temperature swings of nearly 40 degrees, the building employs passive cooling strategies with no mechanical refrigeration. In-floor radiant heat provides comfort during the frigid winter.

A marketplace residential dining area, coffeehouse, movie theater, meeting spaces, ballroom, and various student leadership offices all enhance student life.

Designed in association with Slaterpaull Architects of Denver