First-year student housing construction site

What you need to know about residence hall construction

December 26, 2019

To kick off 2020, CU Denver begins construction on its new residence hall dedicated to first-year students. 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.

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. 

In the meantime, like all construction projects, disruptions to campus life are inevitable. Here’s what you need to know: 

  • 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.
  • 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!