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Beck Venture Center, Colorado School of Mines

An important part of the McNeil Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Colorado School of Mines, the Beck Venture Center will be a home for students to gain mentorship as they transform their best ideas into viable business ventures. The center continues the school’s vision for growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Mines and integrating it with traditional academic and research programs.

Located at the corner of 17th Street and Washington Avenue, the three-story, 32,000 sf facility was designed as a metaphorical bridge between the academic and business worlds. The building concept articulates this goal by consolidating office and workspaces into a two story volume which sits atop an open, continuous public space at the first level, spanning between two grounding masonry volumes.

The facility will provide a variety of venues for students to collaborate and receive mentorship from alumni and industry partners as they refine their business model and build an early stage company. Designed to accommodate different needs, the Beck Venture Center will have a mix of private and open office spaces and formal and flexible collaborative spaces to allow users a variety of work and collaboration opportunities. The building will include a multipurpose space that can accommodate presentations or lectures for up to 100 people, and can be reconfigured to support multiple collaborative groups. This flexible space will feature a large glass wall that can be raised to accommodate a larger group and connect to the main building circulation space. The café and open atrium is a destination space in the building designed to capture students and visitors outside the program as well as the building users. The space is designed to foster connections and to support wellbeing.

As a part of campus innovation and entrepreneurship culture, the building embodies innovative sustainable solutions. LEED Gold certification is anticipated for the facility. A geoexchange system is included in the project, which when coupled with its high performing envelope, will reduce the buildings energy appetite to 50% less than the baseline. As an all electric building, with infrastructure to support the installation of photovoltaics, this building is net zero ready.

Construction Begins on Beck Venture Center


Golden, Colorado


32,000 sf


LEED Gold Certified anticipated
Net zero ready

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