Metropolitan State University, an emerging higher education campus of 24,000 students located in downtown Denver, sought RATIO’s expertise in designing STEM-focused academic facilities to create a new home for the institution’s interdisciplinary STEM departments – Computer Science, Physics, Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Technology, Aviation/Aerospace Science, Industrial Design and Computer Information Systems.
The 145,000 sq. ft. Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building will provide flexible classroom and specialized laboratory space, including team-based instructional labs, high-bay materials testing and prototyping spaces, machine and fabrication shops and other engineering research and production labs.
The highlight of the program is a centralized High-Bay Advanced Manufacturing Hall, a highly flexible lab that visually connects all three levels of the building and provides a demonstration of student work visible to passersby outside. Adjacent to the Hall, a series of smaller student support breakout labs will allow specialized materials testing, machining, clean room use, design team studio, and robotics. The flexible suite will allow the exploration of design, build, test, prototyping and engineering research.