Guggenheim Hall’s retro carpets and painted woodwork were
replaced with stained, crown finished wood, contrasting
ivory-and-green walls and matching green carpet this summer in an
attempt to return the building to its original 1910
Larry Grosse, chairman of the Department of Manufacturing
Technology and Construction Management, suggested the idea of
renovating Guggenheim Hall, located at the northeast entrance of
the Oval, because he believed the building had been poorly
remodeled since it was built in 1910.
“The hallways looked terrible, the carpets were out of the ’70s
and ’80s and it looked like the remodeling over the years had been
done the easy way,” Grosse said. “We restored the beautiful
woodwork and renovated it. There has been a tremendous change in
the way students look at the building. We are very proud of the
Seth Grant, a junior construction management major, attended an
open house for the building on Thursday and agreed that the
renovation drastically changed the building’s appearance.
“It’s true to the original,” Grant said. “Before, it was a cool,
old building, but it looked like they tried to remodel it and did a
poor job. It didn’t have the character that it does now.”
The remodeling was sponsored by community industries, including
a $100,000 donation from GE Johnson Construction Company, and
supply donations from other companies.
“With the budget cuts the state doesn’t have the money to do
this type of work, but we were able to accomplish it because of the
celebration of partnering with industry,” Grosse said.
The costs for the project were also kept to a minimum because of
Students in a historical preservation class spent approximately
five weeks determining what the interior of Guggenheim Hall
originally looked like by researching university records, archives
and photographs, and by looking at evidence of changes inside the
“It’s hard to even know where to begin with an older building,”
said Chris Koziol, an assistant professor of manufacturing
technology and construction management who led the historical
preservation class. “The students gained a better understanding of
the hands-on process of rehabilitating a building and saw how
research can pay off in building.”
When the building’s historical preservation was complete, a
graduate facilities management class created a plan that emulated
the historical preservation class’ findings.
Mike Eads, a senior construction management major, interned on
the project and worked with other construction management students
to renovate Guggenheim Hall for nearly three months during the
summer, starting June 1 and finishing the project Aug. 20.
“It was huge for my major because I got to deal with safety
procedures and help remodel,” Eads said. “It was a great experience
and the building looks great.”
Although the interior of Guggenheim Hall was returned to a 1910
style, the technology in the building was updated during the
renovation, focusing on environmental and educational
Some of the added technological improvements include
Internet-accessible classrooms, energy-efficient lighting and
low-flow plumbing fixtures.
Steve Wasko, a senior construction management major and
president of CSU’s Association of General Contractors, said that
along with a focus of sustainability, Guggenheim Hall was equipped
with an environmentally friendly green classroom.
“Something that is important about this renovation is the
addition of a green classroom,” Wasko said. “It means that all of
the materials in the classroom are recycled.”
The waste reduction concept was carried over into the
construction process of renovating the building, as almost 90
percent of the waste from the project was recycled.
“We are setting an example for green building,” Eads said. “We
sent the old carpets to California and the only thing we didn’t
really recycle was a wall we had to knock down, but you can’t
really recycle all of those pieces.”
Grosse said that the success of renovating Guggenheim Hall has
created a competition between industries around Colorado to be
involved in a partnership with CSU.
“This is just the beginning,” Grosse said. “We already have a
company that wants to partner for the next renovation, which is
going to be the (Industrial Sciences) Building next door.”