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Designing a stellar reputation

AES Building architects garner R&D Magazine award for work on space-age facility, the second honor in two weeks for the building.

By Dan Vaccaro

April 24, 2018

AES buildingAnother week brought another award for the Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building.

On April 23, Anderson Mason Dale Architects took home the 2018 Laboratory of the Year: Special Mention Award presented by R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design for its work on the trailblazing facility.

Last week, the AES Initiative received a Downtown Denver Award for its contributions to the vitality and prosperity of the Mile High City.

Erin Hillhouse, senior associate at AMD, says the latest honor comes as a result of the forward-thinking collaboration between the firm and Metropolitan State University of Denver.

“The project represents the future of lab design,” he says. “It’s leading-edge in the way it brings together industry and academic needs.”

The Laboratory of the Year Conference and Awards have recognized worldwide excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction for more than 50 years. The annual awards program acknowledges the best new and renovated facilities.

Hillhouse and his colleague David Pfeifer, a partner at the firm, accepted the R&D Magazine award at the Laboratory Design Conference in Philadelphia.

As a result of this recognition, Provost Vicki Golich and Director of Facilities Planning and Space Management Tina Wells were asked to join AMD at the R&D 100 Conference in Orlando, Florida, in November. The AES Initiative will be presented during the “Next Generation of the R&D Workforce” portion of the program.

Wells says the presentation will focus on how the building’s design is helping meet the University’s goals of training highly skilled graduates for work in Colorado’s aerospace and advanced-manufacturing industries. The presentation will also highlight the birth and evolution of MSU Denver’s unique academic program, the development of the Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute and the institution’s emphasis on public-private partnerships.

President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., says the recognition is indicative of the University’s growing reputation.

“People have noticed what is happening at MSU Denver,” she said. “We are quickly becoming a world-class university with internationally recognized facilities and programs. We are working to scale these types of programs so we can make an even greater impact on our students’ lives and Colorado’s economy.”

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