Metropolitan State University Neighborhood Master Plan

Denver, Colorado
Completed: Master Plan

A dynamic neighborhood plan to meet the everchanging needs of a college campus


Metropolitan State University of Denver

Project Size

1.5 Million gsf (Approximately)

Professional Services

Facilities Master Planning
Master Planning

RNL recently completed the neighborhood master plan and a building program plan for the MSU Denver’s Auraria campus Neighborhood. The Neighborhood Master Plan was developed to address in more detail the space requirements, land use, expansion and upgrade strategies needed within the specific institutional neighborhoods.

Working closely with the administration, faculty, staff and students for each institution, RNL developed a space needs program for all space types including instructional spaces, student support spaces, and study spaces to identify how the current space compares with national benchmarks, identify gaps and deficiencies or surpluses, and develop alternatives to meet the short, mid and long term projected need based on projected enrollment, new and changing program/degree offerings and other factors.

Some of the primary goals for this project included, pear institution benchmarking, the development of an actionable capital improvement plan, blending with urban context, definition of identity and development of Metro State Building design Guidelines.