Marquez Hall

Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in partnership with Anderson Mason Dale designed Marquez Hall for the growing needs of the Petroleum Engineering Department. The building acknowledges the school's elite status within the discipline and demonstrates the continued evolution of the petroleum engineering field. The laboratory building supports an interdisciplinary approach to petroleum engineering and innovative research. The building also defines a pedestrian gateway to the growing south-east campus and provides a classroom wing for the full student body and faculty. CSM and the generous support of Tim Marquez made possible the increased commitment to sustainable projects while attracting new students, faculty and resources.

Marquez Hall?s building diagram is clear and perceptible and provides a rigorous organizing framework. It is comprised of two parallel, linear programmatic bars, and a wing to the southeast. The simple arrangement allows users to easily understand and navigate the facility's varied program of public, semi-public and private spaces. The northern bar houses a combination of graduate and undergraduate laboratories, computer laboratories, a 4-D visualization classroom and a drilling simulator room. The southern bar holds offices and laboratory support spaces and is designed to enhance interaction between students, faculty and research teams. The southeastern wing provides a lecture hall, and four levels of smart classrooms and seminar rooms.

The building's architecture responds to the clarity of the program with a series of horizontal layers, constructed of glass curtain wall, aluminum plate, and terra cotta systems. The use of terra cotta draws from the campus' pale brick masonry, but claims a more flexible, precise, and technical expression. Thin, extruded sections allow the building mass and typical panels to dissolve into transparency. This effect is incorporated throughout the building interior, as architectural finishes veil and engage the building's systems, an aesthetic strategy appropriate to an educational discipline on the forefront of technology and infrastructure. The west lobby's structurally glazed curtain wall utilizes slender, steel plate vertical mullions to maximize transparency, while the roof's westward cantilever marks an important moment within the campus master plan.

The design of Marquez Hall is reinforcing the Colorado School of Mines' vision for its future by looking to the user, to the campus, and to the community to achieve an innovative, intellectual, and intuitive architecture.


2013 Design Award
AIA Colorado
2013 Merit Award
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
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External: BD+C: University labs double as K-12 learning environments
News: Marquez Hall earns Merit Award at this year's SCUP Awards