Opened for business in fall 2012, the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center (HLC) at MSU Denver offers the Denver community two assets: a fully functioning flagged hotel - SpringHill Suites® Denver Downtown - and an extensive learning laboratory for our growing cadre of hospitality students.
Located in the heart of Denver, west of the corner of Speer Boulevard and Auraria Parkway, the hotel includes 150 hotel rooms, as well as conference facilities. The adjacent HLC boasts more than 28,000 square feet of academic space, including classrooms, specialty learning labs and faculty offices. The hotel is operated by the professional hotel management firm, Sage Hospitality, and provides hands-on training opportunities for students in MSU Denver’s Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department. It opened in August 2012.
No taxpayer dollars are being used on the estimated $45 million project; read more at BOT approves 'special purpose corporation.'
The HLC groundbreaking was held on March 31, 2011. An opening celebration with tours for the campus was held on Sept. 14, 2012 and a community gala and fundraiser on Sept. 27.
Groundbreaking ceremony - March 31, 2011