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The Behavioral Sciences Building hosts 3 classrooms that are thematically representative of different habitats in Colorado. The "high plains" is represented by an actual windmill (circa 1930s) mounted on the wall. "Mesa Verde" is represented with a stone wall sculpture with copies of the petroglyphs seen at Mesa Verde. "Timberline" is represented with a decorative wall sculpture using beetle kill pine. All three themed classrooms also feature a literary excerpt on the wall that relates to the theme of the room. The "high plains" room features a 3D projection system.

Five group study rooms are also thematically designed, with a large-format abstracted wall mural portrait of a modern-day iconic figure filling one wall of the room and extending onto the tables. A text line runs along the wall of the room that speaks to ideals and values. A coffee and snack bar, lounge area, and numerous casual group study areas are available on the first floor.

There is a 275-seat lecture hall/theater, with full cinema quality surround sound, projection equipment, and screen.

The building's entry is through a courtyard area that ties to the Academic Spine and faces out to the sculpture at Newton's Corner, with an expanded plaza and a water wall feature.

Artwork is featured throughout the first floor in a permanent collection of Colorado artists. There will also be a rotating student collection in the Agora Gallery.

Statistics & Specifications

  • Square Footage: 93,000 gross square feet
  • Funds: $45 million (bond-funded with student facility fee)
  • Expected Completion: Complete
  • Green Features: Designed and constructed to meet LEED Gold certification standards, the building features include 2 atriums for daylighting, water-efficient landscape, use of renewable energy systems, and local materials.
  • LEED Certification: Gold - see the LEED Certification Scorecard Adobe Reader Document (PDF) for details.

In Oct 2013 a 24,000gsf addition to the Behavioral Sciences Building was completed. The addition was constructed on the east side of the original building and provided another large auditorium and office space. The auditorium occupies most of the basement and main level, with offices located around the perimeter of both floors. The 2nd floor consists of office space for he Department of Communication Studies. Cost of the addition was $9.5M.

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