Nov 022003
Authors: Christiana Nelson

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

student involvement.

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.”




 Posted by at 5:00 pm

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.