University of Denver Anderson Academic Commons

Location Denver, Colorado
Client University of Denver
Size 142,990 SF
Cost $20.5 million
Architect TreanorHL Architecture
Denver, Colorado
  • LEED Certified
  • 1972 Penrose Library remade to add educational services, update technology, and create an exterior compatible with the DU aesthetic
  • Updated building includes twice the seats as former facility, 135 computers, event space, café and 32 group study rooms and quiet rooms
  • Compact shelving system for the Penrose Collection on lower level
  • Centrally located quiet room — The Loft — soars over expanded atrium
  • Academic support services include Writing Center, Writing Program offices, Math Center, Technology help center, and Office of Teaching and Learning
  • Ground floor features low book shelves, fireplaces, and pieces of original Penrose furnishings
  • Addition of copper exterior panels and additional windows helps building relate to the university’s architectural standards