University of Denver Community Commons

Denver, Colorado
United States

Designed to offer comfort and community for students, the Commons provides diverse dining options, student services, gathering spaces, and a rooftop pavilion with mountain and city views that can be experienced from an indoor space. The HLB team collaborated with the Denver University architects and the executive and design architects to realize the university’s vision of a space to gather and grow.

The open multi-level design supports the future of flexible education, adding versatility through the lighting and controls system. In the center of the commons is large-scale atrium with a daylighting monitor that brings in natural light carefully balanced with interior layers of light, accentuating the volume of the space. HLB worked with the architectural team to carefully integrate aimable lights within the building façade to help deliver uniform lighting to the entries while keeping lighting fixtures hidden from view. The wooden canopy detail on the pavilion is highlighted with a unique light fixture integrated directly within the architectural mullion system so that no direct light sources can be seen.

  • Architectural Lighting
  • Higher Education
  • 132,000 sq.ft. | 12,263 sq.m.
    $64 M
  • Anderson Mason Dale
    Moore Ruble Yudell
  • Frank Ooms