Metro State's new Student Success Building

The groundbreaking ceremony

#1 The groundbreaking ceremony

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The Dec. 3, 2010 groundbreaking ceremony for the $62 million, 100 percent student fee-funded Student Success Building was attended by more than 200 Metropolitan State College of Denver students, faculty, staff and the College’s Board of Trustees.

A glimpse of things to come

#2 A glimpse of things to come

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The four-story, 145,000 square-feet Student Success Building opens in 2012, and will be dedicated entirely to Metro State. Architectural rendering displayed here.

More space for teaching, services

#3 More space for teaching, services

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The building will increase classroom and administration space by 25 percent, an initiative of President Stephen Jordan to improve the classroom environment for faculty. Architectural rendering displayed here.

Dedicated solely to Metro State

#4 Dedicated solely to Metro State

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The Student Success Building will be located on 8.5 acres between Seventh and Ninth Sts. on the Auraria Campus, which houses two other higher education institutions in downtown Denver.

Students vote to fund the building

#5 Students vote to fund the building

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In April 2009, students voted to approve a special student fee to fund the Student Success Building. Architectural rendering displayed here. See more at

A great day to be a Roadrunner

#6 A great day to be a Roadrunner

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The First Year Success Program (FYS), to be housed in the building, plans to serve 3,000 students by 2012 when it opens. FYS helps freshmen transition to their sophomore year using learning communities and ongoing advisement from upper classmen.

A presidential initiative

#7 A presidential initiative

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President Stephen Jordan (pictured with wife, Ruthie Jordan) says the Student Success Building will “provide a physical demonstration of the commitment we have to retention and graduation of our students.”

A one-stop shop for services

#8 A one-stop shop for services

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The new building will provide students with a one-stop shop for a wide range of Metro State support services in one convenient location, including financial aid admissions and academic advising. Architectural rendering is displayed here.

A stronger student community

#9 A stronger student community

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Student Government Assembly President Sammantha O’Brien says, “The new building will better deliver services and build a sense of community.”

Support from downtown Denver

#10 Support from downtown Denver

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President and Chief Executive Officer of the Downtown Denver Partnership Tamara Door says the Auraria Campus, a tri-institutional campus, “is an incredibly important symbol of economic development in Denver.”

A 45th anniversary celebration

#11 A 45th anniversary celebration

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Metro State Board of Trustee Chair Robert Cohen spoke about the College’s achievements in its 45-year history, including the construction of its first building on the Auraria Campus – the Student Success Building.