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Spencer Center Renovation

In November 2013, CC began an extensive six-month, $8 million renovation project of the Spencer Center, located at 830 N. Tejon Street.

Spencer Center (2006)
Spencer Center (2006)

The project encompasses all four floors plus the basement for a total of 46,890 square feet. The renovated Spencer Center’s unique features include high performance building design to vastly improve energy efficiency, roof-mounted solar panels, and outdoor seating.

Expect to see construction in progress through August 2014. Prior to the start of the 2014-15 academic year, more than half a dozen divisions and programs will move into their new spaces. The President’s Office, Finance and Administration, Advancement, Human Resources, Communications, Development, Financial Aid, and Student Accounts will be housed in the newly renovated Spencer Center.


Renovation Update: Tours and Move-In Dates

July 24, 2014

The pace is quickening as progress continues on the Spencer Center renovation.

Solar panels are fully installed on the rooftop; the 18-kilowatt solar array will support 20 percent of the building’s electricity needs.

Cache La Poudre will remain closed from Tejon Street to Cascade Avenue through Friday for work on a new water line to the Spencer Center. Crews are expanding the building’s north-facing landscaping, eliminating parallel parking on Cache La Poudre between Tejon Street and the Cornerstone Arts Center and providing more outdoor space and pedestrian-friendly access outside the Spencer Center.

Drywall work wraps up this week, and crews are staining the hardwood floors and installing carpet. Paint and wainscoting details also are complete throughout all four floors. See the updated photo slideshow for new pictures of the project.

Move-in is scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 18. A more detailed division move-in schedule will be available next month and will mark the first in what will be a multi-tiered shuffle of offices across campus.

Want to take a look at the finished project? Members of the CC facilities team will offer weekly Spencer Center tours for small groups of up to seven people once the move-in process begins. Meet at the trailer on the west side of the Spencer Center at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays or Thursdays beginning Aug. 20.

Renovation Progress and Relocations

June 10, 2014

Despite hail damage across campus and unpredictable spring weather, progress continues on the Spencer Center renovation project. Over the past month, construction crews have installed a completely new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. The system is extremely energy-efficient and will provide the entire building with air conditioning, which did not exist before the renovation. Insulation has also been added to all ceilings and walls, where none existed before.

Additionally, the building’s 8-year-old roof has been repaired and re-stained its original color. It will provide enhanced energy efficiency and supports recently installed solar panels. The Spencer Center’s 18-kilowatt solar array will support 20 percent of the building’s energy needs.

These improvements, along with new double-glazed and insulated windows, will make the new Spencer Center one of the most energy-efficient buildings on campus.

Some of the interior finishes, including paint, carpeting, and tile, will echo the original building’s 1901-era décor. Crews will begin this interior work in June.  

Renovation Update - April  

April 24, 2014

Amid the road closures, demolition, and framing, CC’s new space at the Spencer Center is beginning to take shape. The most significant improvements involve updates and enhancements to the structure, originally constructed as a hotel in 1901. Prior to this renovation, the building housed advancement, communications, human resources, payroll, and purchasing, plus several unaffiliated offices. Those non-CC tenants will not return, with the exception of La’au’s Taco Shop.

Energy efficiency will increase dramatically, with added insulation, new windows and a high-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. A 32-kilowatt solar array on the roof will support the building’s energy needs and advance CC’s commitment to sustainability.

The renovation also provides organizational efficiencies, bringing together administrative offices and related services. In support of our strategic plan, the newly remodeled building will advance workplace excellence and our distinctive place as an institution.

The single location provides a dedicated “service center” for students and will help to facilitate coordination among CC leaders. The renovated Spencer Center will house: financial aid, student accounts, payroll, and human resources on the first floor; the President’s Office, finance and administration, and ITS leadership offices on the second floor; advancement on the third floor, and communications on the fourth floor.

The Spencer Center is just one component of a moving puzzle, with moves into the new building freeing up space in Armstrong Hall and other locations. While leaders are still working through the logistics and timeline, the following changes have been finalized:

Armstrong Hall will house the Dean’s Office and the following programs and services: Summer Session, international programs, the Collaborative for Community Engagement, and the Sustainability Office. Assessment and program review, faculty research and support, the Registrar’s Office, and the Student Life Office will also remain in Armstrong Hall.

The Worner Campus Center will house the Health and Wellness Office, the Butler Center, Colorado College Student Government Association, and campus activities. Also, a proposed move of Bon Appetit to the Worner Campus Center would free up more living space in Ticknor Hall. The Career Center will move to the Morreale House and outdoor education will move to the former Children’s Center building, once funds are raised to renovate that building. A working group of staff members has collaborated throughout the past six months to offer recommendation on changes and locations for student life programming and departments.

Additionally, CC leaders are striving to complete this complex move with minimal cost by using existing spaces as efficiently and economically as possible.

Through the end of April, crews will continue framing, and putting up walls at the Spencer Center. An end-of-year update will feature external changes, after the new roof and solar panels go up in May, along with any additional details about this campus-wide moving process. 

Plan Ahead for Cache La Poudre Road Closure

April 16, 2014

Cache La Poudre will remain closed from Cascade Avenue to Tejon Street during continuing work on a water service line for the sprinkler system at the Spencer Center.

The street closure will remain in effect through Friday night, April 18. This longer-than-expected closure is a result of complications with the water line. 

April 4, 2014

Monday, April 14 through Thursday, April 17, Cache La Poudre will be closed from Cascade Avenue to Tejon Street during installation of a water service line for the sprinkler system at the Spencer Center.

During this time, there will be restricted access to the circle drive at Armstrong Hall and alley behind Cornerstone Arts Center, though the alley may be accessed via Dale Street.

Please contact Rick Greene in Facilities Services at x6568 for additional questions and information.

February 20, 2014

Starting Monday, parking areas and pedestrian traffic will be restricted near the Spencer Center as crews continue progress on the renovation project.

All sidewalks on the south side of Cache La Poudre from the east side of the Cornerstone Arts Center to Tejon Street, and on the west side of Tejon Street between Cache La Poudre and the south end of the Spencer Center, will be closed. Street parking in the affected area also will be closed. These areas will be closed from Monday, Feb. 24 – Friday, Aug. 1, pending any adjustments to the construction schedule. View a map of the closures.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation throughout this project. Contact Will Wise, deputy director of facilities, at x6568 with questions.