BHA Design teamed with with alm2s and Whiting Turner to revamp and modernize the first men’s dorm at CU Boulder, Baker Hall.
Baker Hall is an iconic and historically significant 1937 residence hall designed by Charles Klauder. This 5-story building building required interior renovation of the 113,650 sq. ft. and renovation of the site landscaping. Modernization of the residential wings to create 450 beds of student housing is a primary goal. This project adds a “Great Room” and other common amenities, new space for the Natural Sciences and Environmental programs of the College of Liberal Arts Residential Academic Program (RAP). Added programming at the lower level required full handicapped accessibility necessitating the addition of a garden/main level entry plaza on the south side of the building where dumpsters and a loading dock once stood.
Exterior rehabilitation includes redesign of the entire site including four primary courtyards and off-site connections to surrounding campus. Enhancements include enlarged garden level window wells, improved bicycle parking facilities around the building, creation of a new primary south entrance on the main level to replace the existing loading dock, and exterior rehabilitation of the Tuscan Vernacular building.
Baker Hall post renovation is anticipated to achieve a “Gold” certification from the U. S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Green Building Rating System.
BHA joined with Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and alm2s in an integrated design/build project delivery approach.