Adams State University–Richardson Hall Renovation

  • LEED Silver
  • Historic 1925 structure is original building of the Adams State Normal School
  • Replaced electrical, plumbing and heating/cooling systems to achieve energy efficiencies
  • Improved accessibility to meet requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Repaired façade and replaced more than 200 windows
    Reclaimed 11,000 square feet of unused attic space to serve as new board room
  • One of series of improvements on the Adams State campus
  • Design-build delivery

Project included a top-to-bottom, inside-out remaking of the original building constructed in 1923. The project was fast-tracked and multi-phased, completed in two phases to accommodate campus space constraints. Noteworthy modifications include turning an existing unusable attic into a new board room. Structural upgrades from the ground floor were required to support the new loads. In the south wing, a structurally unsound floor was analyzed and modified to be occupied space. These changes added 9,700 SF of usable space within the frame of the existing building.

Another key element to this historic renovation was updating the Luther Bean Museum inside Richardson Hall. In order to maintain the continued preservation the windows were replaced with UV sensitive windows, a fire protection system was added, the HVAC system was completely reworked and lighting and complete finishes were conducted in the back galleries. Other points of emphasis for the owner were restoring the main lobby to its historic 1920’s feel and renovating the auditorium into a modern music and performing arts venue.


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