Upcoming Projects


The Frontiers Building is slated to be the world’s leading destination for geoscience research related to the earth’s subsurface, and will combine MINES’ world-class programs in geoscience and the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) impartial scientific research in a unique opportunity to establish a national center with the best researchers and finest equipment, which will fundamentally transform applied geoscience research.

Town Hall Presentation

Spruce Hall

The first project to be realized from the master plan is Residence Hall VI, Spruce Hall.  It will be located in the parking lot just south of the Welcome Center.  Early on it became apparent that the program for this project would be much more complex than just beds for 400 freshmen.  Discussions always centered on the values emphasized in the Residence Life Vision.  Though economy and efficiency have been important drivers, the creation of a vibrant live/learn community reflecting the culture of Mines has been a theme that permeates the design of Spruce Hall.

Charles S. McNeil Hall

McNeil Hall is the new home for the undergraduate Cornerstone and Capstone Programs.  The building fronts a new 600 space parking garage, the first on campus, necessitated by changing conditions both on campus and in the city of Golden.  Mines is growing, and the increased campus population will come with an increased demand for parking on campus.  Concurrent with this population growth, the available parking supply is reducing. Historically, some students have parked on city streets or in the 150 space parking lot in downtown Golden. Through the implementation of permit parking in the neighborhood, and the recent change limiting parking duration in the city lots, this available public parking has been eliminated. In addition, there are construction projects planned on campus that will further reduce available parking spaces.

labriola innovation complex

The facility will be a place for “Mines faculty, students, industry partners and alumni work together in an inspiring environment to make an impact.”  To fulfill this vision, the Innovation Hub will:   

  • Be a connector, engaging the campus as a whole to enable cross disciplinary intersections as people pursue their passions.
  • Foster an entrepreneurial, solutions-oriented mindset; developing young, visionary leaders who can identify the critical problems facing society, and develop and implement solutions to solve them.
  • Respect the technical heritage of the institution while looking to the future.  It will support both design-build and computational exploration and innovation in an environment that is more than a maker space.
  • Be a showcase for the collaboration and innovation that occurs within it.
  • Engage resources beyond the campus proper, providing a venue for students to receive mentorship from alumni and to engage with industry as they develop their ideas.
  • Be an open environment here students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Mines community can create and build with few barriers.

Preliminary Design Concepts

Beck Venture center

Following on the concepts being taught at McNeil Hall, to the product prototyping at the Labriola Innovation Hub, the Beck Venture Center is the next step in bringing ideas to life.  The center will be the first university based incubator in the Denver/Metro area and will provide a place for Mines students to receive mentorship as they build business ventures around their ideas.   The building fronts a second parking garage for campus, providing 800 +/- parking spaces. 

Preliminary Design Concept