Renovation Gives Adams State's Richardson Hall a New Life
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, marks the grand opening of Richardson Hall after a $16.9 million renovation that included a top to bottom, inside out remaking of a building constructed in 1925 as the first structure on what was then named the Adams State Normal School.
Richardson Hall is now the school's main administration building, with more than 10,000 additional square feet carved out of the previously unused third-floor attic. This was a thorough redo: new HVAC, electrical, plumbing, network cable, 225 windows, insulation, roof, auditorium renovation, new interior finishes and furnishings - all while leaving historic details intact. Repairs were made to the faÃ§ade, whose bricks were in such precarious shape that the school had installed protective overhangs to protect passers-by.
Architect on the design-build project was OZ Architecture.
At the event, the school invited state and local officials -- two of whom are Adams State alumni - to make comments. Project Manager Tyler Read was among the many GH Phipps team members and employees who attended the event.
"There was a great desire to make sure this project benefited the entire community," said Read. "I am happy to say we were fortunate to work with several of the local tradesman, and it is in large part their dedication that made this project a success."
Adams State President Beverlee J. McClure said, "We're confident this 90-year-old structure will continue to serve the university and the community for another century."