RTD Bus Stop Relocation Map

What You Need To Know About Residence Hall Construction

Updated on:
March 13, 2020

Note: In order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, we must strictly limit gatherings of individuals and minimize the migration of individuals in and out of our campus. Please check CU Denver’s coronavirus webpage for updated information regarding campus closures.


Calling all bus and shuttle riders: The Regional Transportation District (RTD) stop on the east side of 11th Street between Walnut and Larimer Streets will move to a new location beginning March 22. The new stop will be a block north on the same side of 11th Street between Walnut Street and Auraria Parkway. Both the RTD bus and Regency shuttle will utilize the new stop, which is expected to be in place for the 18-month duration of the nearby construction of CU Denver’s new residence hall dedicated to first-year students. The new bus stop will not impact service times or routes.

Slated for completion in August 2021, City Heights Residence Hall brings to campus 555 beds, a dining hall open to all CU Denver students, faculty, and staff, and a three-story Learning Commons that will house some of CU Denver’s most-visited student success and academic support services.

First-year student housing construction site
The site of City Heights Residence Hall is between 11th and 12th Streets and Larimer and Walnut Streets, neighboring Student Commons and the Tivoli.

The anticipated addition will offer an affordable housing option for first-year students that doubles as a central hub for academic enrichment opportunities and peer-to-peer connection. 

Like all construction projects, disruptions to campus life are inevitable. Here’s what else you need to know: 

  • The construction project site is the recreation field that sits between the Tivoli Quad and the Student Commons/Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center, along Larimer and Walnut Streets, between 11th and 12th Streets.
  • Fencing and signage will surround the entire site to create a clear boundary between the construction project and campus activities.
  • Construction hours will be 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 
  • During the beginning phases of construction, all crosswalks will remain open. Sidewalks on Larimer and Walnut Streets will also remain open.
  • The sidewalk along 12th Street, between Walnut and Larimer Streets, and the sidewalk along 11th Street, west of the RTD bus stop to Walnut, will both be closed for the duration of construction. Metered parking on the corner of Walnut and 11th Streets is out of service.
  • NEW: The sidewalk along Larimer St. between 11th and 12th Streets will be closed starting March 16 in preparation for foundation and utility work. This new sidewalk closure will also require for adjoining cross walks to be closed.
  • All construction delivery traffic will enter and exit the campus from Auraria Parkway and enter and exit the field from Auraria Parkway and 11th Street. Construction traffic will be limited and supervised. 
  • Site clearing took place at the end of December. Survey and layout begin Jan. 16 and construction of the foundation starts Jan. 22. 
  • Disruption updates will be communicated through CU Denver News, CU Denver Student News and Student Success Campus Happenings e-newsletters, as well as campus social media channels, Facebook and Twitter. ​
  • For questions, contact project director Philip Friedl.

The 182,000-square-foot facility is made up of three wings. Two residential wings, one six stories and the other seven stories, will feature predominantly double and triple housing units, small lounges, communal study spaces, and common areas. Across the courtyard is the three-story Learning Commons. Outdoor areas accessible to the entire CU Denver community include a courtyard with seating space, an area designated for hammocks, tables, and more. 

The $76 million – $78 million project is primarily funded by debt backed by revenue generated from housing and dining operations. The university is providing some funding from cash reserves for the Learning Commons. No student fees will be used to fund this project.

Stay tuned for more updates, Lynx!