Robson Arena Planning & Design
Colorado College is excited to announce it has initiated planning and design of a multi-purpose, state-of-the-art, sustainable sporting event venue that will benefit both the college and the City of Colorado Springs. The Edward J. Robson Arena on the Colorado College campus is a part of four unique Colorado Springs venues designed to strengthen and diversify the economic impact of Pikes Peak region visitor attractions. Robson Arena will become the new home for CC Tiger Hockey games.
Much work is ahead in determining how best to move the project from vision to implementation. A key component of the design and planning process for the arena includes engaging surrounding neighborhoods and the broader community in meaningful dialogue about the project. We anticipate hearing from and listening to many different voices during the planning process, including adjacent neighborhoods, the downtown business community, students, CC hockey season ticketholders, hockey fans from across the community, and many more.
To assist in the planning and design process, the college has engaged a multi-disciplinary team of architects, planners, civil and traffic engineers, public engagement facilitators, and landscape architects. The public process will assure the team receives input and feedback from the community on topics such as traffic, parking, the fan experience, building specifics, season ticket program, and other important aspects of the arena’s implementation. A series of community meetings and workshops will take place on Saturdays to enable maximum participation.
Prior Community Meetings
- Community Meeting #1 Documents
10:30 a.m. – noon, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019
Focus: Project Introduction, Goals and Objectives, Community Input
Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.
- Workshop #1 Documents
10:30 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019
Focus: Parking, Traffic, Community Input, Shuttles, RideShare, Fan Experience
Colorado College Tutt Library, 1021 N. Cascade Ave.
- Community Meeting #2 Documents
10:30 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019
Focus: Arena building, architecture, programs, report out
Colorado College Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Avenue
- Community Meeting #3 Documents
Saturday, March 23, 10:30 am – noon
Focus: Site plan, parking, architecture, landscape, community input
Kathryn Mohrman Theatre, Armstrong Hall, Colorado College, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St.
- Meeting #4 Documents - Open House and Presentation
Open House: 10:30 a.m. - noon, Presentation: 11 a.m., Saturday, June 29, 2019
Focus: revised site plan, architecture, landscape, traffic and parking
Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.
This meeting concludes the college's public process; however, we anticipate the City will schedule an additional public meeting following meeting #4 as part of the City's submittal process.
Construction of the Robson Arena is expected to begin with groundbreaking in early 2020 and has a projected opening date of spring 2021. Activities on the site in 2019 will include demolition, utility relocations, and other activities necessary to prepare the site for construction.
This webpage will be updated with more about the Robson Arena design and planning process as it progresses. Community participation is encouraged. To receive email notices of the times and dates of future community meetings and workshops, send an email to RobsonArenaDesign@coloradocollege.edu asking to be added to the project mailing list.
- Activities on the site in 2019 include demolition, utility relocations, and other activities necessary to prepare the site for construction.
- Completion of Schematic Design: Summer 2019
- Selection of Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC): Summer 2019
- Groundbreaking: Early 2020
- Projected Opening: 2021
For questions or to submit a comment, please send an email to:
The college has contracted with the local land planning and urban design firm N.E.S, Inc. and its team of specialists to lead the planning process for the Robson Arena
- Consultant Project Manager: Chris Lieber, N.E.S., Inc.
- Public Engagement: Lisa Bachman, Bachman pr
- Architect: Adam Davidson, JLG Architects
- Landscape Architect: Andrea Papierski
- Civil Engineer: Kyle Campbell, Classic Engineering
Colorado College Liaisons:
- Chris Coulter, Facilities Services
- Zak Kroger, Student Life
Robson Arena Campus Committee
- Jill Tiefenthaler, President of the College, Chair of the Committee
- Ralph Bertrand, Professor of Molecular Biology (former NCAA faculty rep)
- Chris Coulter, Associate Vice President, Facilities Services
- Deksyos Damtew ’22, Student
- Marie Davis Green, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance
- Joe Ellis ’80, Member of the Board of Trustees
- Nate Flint ’10
- Mike Haviland, Men’s Hockey Coach
- Ian Johnson, Director of Sustainability
- Kate Leonard, Professor of Art
- Rochelle Mason '83, Senior Associate Dean of Students
- Robert Moore, Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration
- Tony Rosendo ’02, Member of the Board of Trustees
- Felix Sanchez ’93, Assistant Vice President, Communications
- Zac Schulman ’19, President of the Student Body
- Saluja Siwakoti ’21, Student
- Brian Thomson ’85, Member of the Board of Trustees