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Saunders Construction Breaks Ground on the University of Colorado Denver Wellness Center at the Auraria Campus

New Facility Scheduled to Open in Early 2018 

CU-Denver Wellness Auraria

(Centennial, Colo.) – September 20, 2016 – Saunders Construction, Inc., a leading general contractor in Colorado, announced today the ground breaking of The Wellness Center at The University of Colorado Denver on Thursday, September 22nd at 11:30am at the Redwood Parking lot off Speer Blvd. and Auraria Parkway.  

The event will mark the start of construction on the new, 92,000-square-foot student-funded facility to be built on the Auraria Campus which is scheduled for completion in early 2018. The state-of-the-art building is intended to fill the daily leisure needs of each student on the campus with a high focus on inclusiveness and holistic wellness. The new facility will include student lounges, space for group study, gaming, rooms for reflection, seminar rooms, a small student health clinic and a student kitchen.  

All interested media, CU Denver students, staff and faculty are invited to the site on Thursday, September 22nd between 10am and 2pm to view renderings of the project, enjoy free healthy food options, music, fitness activities, a climbing wall, giveaways and more. Remarks and a formal groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 11:30am in the Redwood Parking Lot.  

The architect for the highly anticipated project is Anderson Mason Dale Architects in partnership with SmithGroup JJR who will be seeking LEED certification for their innovative design. The Wellness Center will work in tandem with the Student Commons Building to create a courtyard that activates the student experience along 12th Street. Activity spaces include fitness spaces for free weights, selectorized equipment, cardio and group exercise studios. A two court gymnasium will facilitate intramurals for a variety of sports and activities and will support special events with retractable bleacher seating. A six lane lap pool will provide a variety of aquatic programming and a third gymnasium will allow for greater flexibility and a home for CU Denver Club Sports. Outdoor programming includes a home for outdoor pursuits where students can rent outdoor equipment and take guided trips, a bike repair shop and a climbing wall.  

About Saunders  

Saunders serves the commercial building industry as a full-service general contractor, design-builder and construction manager.  A leader in the Colorado construction industry since its inception in 1972, Saunders’ experience includes a wide range of project types. Saunders is one of the region’s largest general contractors and is the recipient of more than 100 industry awards for its construction excellence, employee achievements and community contributions.  In addition, Saunders is a member of the Citadel Group – an alliance of seven regional construction-related companies with operations in 19 cities. For additional information, please visit