OZ recently attended the groundbreaking celebration of the Richardson Design Center at Colorado State University where CSU President, Tony Frank, Dean of Health and Human Sciences, Jeff McCubbin , project benefactor, Nancy Richardson and design faculty member, Laura Malinin, each spoke to the inspiration, heart, innovation and interconnectivity of the Richardson Design Center. The project will be an innovative hub that will integrate multiple disciplinary programs of design, engineering, business and the arts. Themes of inspiration and discovery have not only been integrated into the design but are ever present in the collaborative design process.
The 45,000 square foot Richardson Design Center is strategically located on the south end of the campus placed between the Visual Arts Building and across from the new CSU stadium. The building includes interior design studios, computer labs, maker-spaces, classrooms and an exterior pedestrian portal through the heart of the building coined as “inspiration alley”.
The fabrication labs include a wood, metal, prototype and ideation lab. With transparency in mind, OZ has designed these spaces with communal elements such as garage doors that open to an outdoor “oasis” where students are encouraged to work outdoors or engage in critiques. The design school houses a senior design lab or, D-Lab, on the second floor that was developed with a full glass wall allowing visibility into the design process and creating a continuum of inspired ideas.
As pioneers of architecture and design, it’s a unique and honorable task for OZ to develop the educational facilities where future designers will lay their foundational groundwork in the industry. We were thrilled to attend the groundbreaking ceremony and be a part of the inspiring energy that surrounds the start of this project. Faculty members, contractors, CSU leaders, OZ design alumni and students have all contributed to the design goals and intentions of the building as related to campus interconnectivity and the experience of fostering the future of design.
Dean of Health and Human Sciences, Jeff McCubbin speaking
OZ Principal, David Schafer in conversation with project members
OZ Principals, Tracy Tafoya and Eduardo Illanes, with CSU President, Tony Frank
OZ Principal Eduardo Illanes writing a message on the Inspiration Alley board
CSU Design Center Rendering