Arapahoe Community College, JHL Constructors, Inc., and the DLR Group celebrated the grand opening of the new ACC Sturm Collaboration Campus on Friday, August 16. The new 46,330 square-foot facility sits on a 14.9-acre property that will serve as the platform for the second phase of a new building in the future. The ACC Sturm Collaboration Campus is a one-of-a-kind education facility that creates a multi-partnership connection between Arapahoe Community College, Colorado State University, Douglas County School District, the Town of Castle Rock, and several local Colorado businesses. The ACC Sturm Collaboration Campus was recently renamed due to the generous donation of up to $10 million given by the Sturm Family Foundation. The donation is the largest single dollar donation given to the Arapahoe Community College system consisting of 13 different campuses located across Colorado.
The design of the building includes an open concept where students and building occupants can see from one end of the building to the other and will accommodate up to 800 students. The campus is set up to encourage learning in a larger capacity; one that provides programming that directly coordinates education from the K-12 background through college and industry workforce experience. The two-story space includes a Learning Success Center, college-provided computer stations, open and enclosed study/huddle spaces, a bookstore, café, a welcome desk and surrounding outdoor spaces. College centered curriculum with engaging and progressive programming will be supported in classroom and learning space throughout the building. Industry focused learning and workplace experience will be a key component to the collaboration campus environment. Applied learning areas for Cyber Security, Secure Software Development, Business, Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Health Care will be paired with industry partners to develop hands-on experience for students and relationships with actual businesses and professionals in the South-Metro and Denver-Metro area. To solidify the associations with surrounding businesses, there will be multiple leased spaces within the building available to local businesses, as well as a Community Room, a Maker Space, administrative support space, and adjoining outdoor spaces with potential event availability. ACC Sturm officially started classes on Monday, August 19; congrats to all the teams involved in making ACC’s dream building a reality!