Phase One construction begins at Lowry Campus to meet educational needs of eastern metro

 “Pardon our dust!” signs will greet more than 500 guests this Thursday, April 21, at the Community College of Aurora Foundation’s annual Scholarship Luncheon to honor scholarship donors and recipients. The gathering, which starts at 11 a.m., will be held for the first time on the Lowry Campus Quad so that attendees can see the dramatic changes taking place on campus.

The construction is the first phase in a series of upgrades to be made as part of the Lowry Campus Strategic Development Plan. The Plan “provides both a framework and a roadmap for reinvigorating Lowry as a major community asset,” says CCA President Linda Bowman. “The old Lowry Air Force Base will be converted into a dynamic and welcoming learning community, setting the stage for the next decade of growth and service.”

The plan utilizes existing buildings and enhances spaces to connect students, faculty, staff, and visitors who come to CCA to build a future, Bowman notes. Construction on Phase One Improvements—a “New Lowry Campus Entrance”—began last week and will be complete by mid-August. Building space will be reconfigured to accommodate services that students obtain primarily at CCA’s CentreTech campus: enrollment, financial aid counseling, student life, tutoring, and gathering places. “Nearly half of CCA’s students attend classes at Lowry, and it is essential for them to access the same resources that are found at CentreTech,” Bowman says.

The project also comprises a new plaza and building entrance, lobby improvements, way-finding signage, a revised parking layout, expanded pavement, new outdoor seating and landscaping, shade trees, and lighting.

Denver-based firm AR7 is the architect and rand* construction corporation is the general contractor. Funding for Phase One, a $1.4 million project, was made possible by the Community College of Aurora Foundation, the Boettcher Foundation, the Lowry Redevelopment Authority, the Community College of Aurora, and numerous private supporters from the community.

Bowman adds that Phase One Improvements is the first of three phases that will take place as finances allow. She envisions that waves of construction and redevelopment will occur at Lowry over the next 10 to 20 years. “The Lowry Campus represents not just the future of CCA, but the future of the community,” Bowman explains. “Generations to come will benefit from our vision and commitment today.”

Members of the news media are invited to attend this Thursday’s event to see the changes now under way and interview college officials, students, and donors. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. under the tent on the Lowry Campus Quad, 710 Alton Way, Denver, CO 80230.

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