Aurora, Colorado | Higher Education

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Health Sciences Building

$170 M (anticipated) | 391,000 SF

Seven-story high rise building housing multiple medical research and behavioral health departments with the purpose of advancing personalized medicine and genomics research.

  • Optimized Energy Performance, Clinical Spaces, Wet Lab, Tier 3 Data Center, Large Interior Atrium




Cator, Ruma & Associates was selected to provide mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design and contract administration for the Anschutz Health Sciences Building. The seven-story high-rise building includes spaces for the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine, Behavioral Health, Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute, Simulation Educational HUB, clinical faculty offices, research faculty offices, data center, and auxiliary functions. Specialty spaces include general laboratories, a pharmacy, conference spaces, a vivarium, and an atrium with smoke control.

The mechanical and electrical design optimized energy performance while maintaining safety for the occupants and operators. Design for the infrastructure of a 5,000-square-foot data center was included. The MEP systems and strategy leveraged the data center’s unique characteristics in the overall building energy reduction goals.

Electrical power design supports the occupant-required equipment, and general and specific power requirements. Backup power was provided to address code requirements and occupant safety issues during utility power outages. Lighting design for all interior spaces within the building and the limited site layout was also included.

Underground plumbing design for the fixtures and spaces required in the Vivarium was provided, including design of all necessary waste piping for fixtures and equipment.

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